Crosby and Penguins hit ice vs. Devils
The Pittsburgh Penguins have won two of their first three games against the New Jersey Devils this season as those division rivals meet again in NHL odds action on Tuesday.
The Penguins have topped the Devils twice in Pittsburgh already this season, but New Jersey picked up a 4-1 home win over the Pens as a +126 underdog in their November 16 meeting. The OVER/UNDER has gone 0-4-2 in their last six matchups.
The Penguins will try to spoil to the party on Tuesday; they are 29-11-1 this season, while the Devils are 16-16-8. Pittsburgh is 17-20-4 on the totals; New Jersey is 13-19-8.
This game matches up the No. 13 (Devils) and the No. 2 (Penguins) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.
Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were a 5-3 winner as they battled the Blue Jackets on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Penguins at -124 were rewarded, while the 8 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.
The Devils were a 2-1 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Islanders. That made winners of bettors who got New Jersey at +108 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for UNDER bettors.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up New Jersey's No. 24-ranked offense (2.38 goals per game) against a Penguins defense that ranks No. 4 at 2.29 goals per game allowed. The Devils powerplay has clicked at a 18.42% rate while the Penguins have a 87.7% rate on the penalty kill.
A few Penguins at Devils trends to consider:
Pittsburgh is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing New Jersey
New Jersey is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
New Jersey is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New Jersey's last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh
New Jersey is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh home to New York, Friday, January 3rd
New Jersey home to Chicago, Friday, January 3rd