Penguins Devils Puck Line Battle
The Devils are the slight home favorites in this game and with good reason, as they have won all four games against the Penguins this season.
Pittsburgh Penguins (40-22-5 85 points) at New Jersey Devils (39-23-3 81 points)
Bovada has a moneyline for this game and has New Jersey as the favorite posted at -140 with Pittsburgh at +120 with a total of 5.5 goals.
Tonight in an Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference match up the New Jersey Devils host the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Devils have lost 14 of their last 21 games and are currently in second place in the Atlantic Division and tied for 3rd place with Buffalo in the East. Last night the Penguins lost their first game since the Olympic break and they are currently atop the Atlantic Division and are in second place in the East.
This season New Jersey is 21-9-1 at home and Pittsburgh is 19-12-2 on the road.
In their last games Pittsburgh lost to the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 last night while New Jersey beat the New York Rangers 6-3 on Wednesday night.
Even though the Devils are struggling they have won all four games against the Penguins this season.
New Jersey has to win this game with their solid defense, as their offense only ranks 21st in the league in scoring.
The Penguins have the 5th ranked scoring offense in the league and they will be facing Devil’s G Martin Brodeur (36 wins 2.38 GAA save percentage 91.2%), who has owned them this season. He has started all four games against the Penguins this season and he has only given up a grand total of two goals.
Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby ranks third in the league in points (85) and second in goals (44) and has been on fire as of late with 11 goals and six assists over his last 11 games. However, this season against New Jersey he has not found the back of the net.
The Pittsburgh defense is not their strength, as they have given up an average of 2.85 goals per game and G Marc-Andre Fleury (31 wins 2.67 GAA save percentage 90.6%) has been up and down all season.
The Penguins’ D really has to key on Zach Parise, who leads the Devils in goals (31) and points (67), and Jamie Langenbrunner, who leads the Devils in assists (40).
In the last four games in New Jersey between these two teams the total has gone Under four times.
Saturday Big Games
Buffalo Sabres at Detroit Red Wings
Detroit needs to finish strong to make the post-season for the 19th straight season and they are currently in the ninth position in the West one points back of eighth place Calgary. Buffalo has won three straight and are currently tied for third place with the New Jersey Devils in the East.
Boston Bruins at Montreal Canadiens
Both of these teams will battle it out to make the post season, as Boston is in the eighth and last playoff spot in the East and Montreal is in the seventh position. The Canadiens only have a slim two-point lead over the Bruins.
Sunday NHL Odds
Washington Capitals at Chicago Blackhawks
This may be a preview of the NHL finals, as the Caps are running away with the Eastern Conference and the Blackhawks are in second place in the Western Conference. Washington is the highest scoring team in the league this season and Chicago ranks third in the league in scoring.
Philadelphia Flyers at New York Rangers
This Eastern Conference rivalry is big for both teams, especially for the Rangers. New York needs to start winning to make the playoffs, as they are five points behind Boston for the eighth and final playoff spot. Philly is in sixth place in the East, but they only lead eighth place Boston by two points.