Devils vs. Penguins Betting Preview
The OVER/UNDER is 0-4-1 in the last five games between the New Jersey Devils and the Pittsburgh Penguins as those teams prepare to meet in NHL betting action on Friday night.
The Penguins and Devils have split their two meetings so far this season, with Pittsburgh winning 3-0 as a -170 home favorite on October 3, and New Jersey returning the favor with a 4-1 home victory as a +126 underdog on November 16.
The Devils will try to spoil to the party on Friday; they are 12-14-6 this season, while the Penguins are 21-10-1. New Jersey is 10-16-6 on the totals; Pittsburgh is 12-17-3.
The visitors opened as 186 moneyline underdogs in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including 5Dimes. The total opened at 5 for those preferring over under wagers, watch for the line updates during the day at Bovada.
This game puts the Penguins, most recently No. 1 in the Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings, up against the Devils, who rate a No. 15 in the latest survey.
In their last action, New Jersey was a 5-4 loser on the road against the Blue Jackets. Bettors on Columbus at +100 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (9) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.
The Penguins were a 2-1 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Blue Jackets. That made winners of bettors who got Pittsburgh at -195 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for UNDER bettors.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Pittsburgh's No. 7-ranked offense (3.06 goals per game) against a Devils defense that ranks No. 12 at 2.56 goals per game allowed. The Penguins powerplay has clicked at a 26.13% rate while the Devils have a 86.54% rate on the penalty kill.
A few Devils at Penguins trends to consider:
New Jersey is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
New Jersey is 8-17 SU in its last 25 games on the road
New Jersey is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New Jersey's last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Pittsburgh is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing New Jersey
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing New Jersey
New Jersey home to Tampa Bay, Saturday, December 14th
Pittsburgh at Detroit, Saturday, December 14th