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Penguins Open as Massive Faves Over Dismal Devils

The New Jersey Devils will not get to rest on their laurels after ending a 10-game losing streak last night as they’ll have to get back on their horse with a matchup against the Penguins in Pittsburgh on Friday evening. This contest will be the Devils’ second in as many nights and given the fact they’ve been outscored 9-4 in the second halves of their last two back-to-backs, Pittsburgh seems like a lock tonight.

  • The Devils are 1-7 SU in their last 8 games on the road against the Penguins.
  • The Penguins are 12-1 SU in their last 13 games after consecutive losses.
  • The Devils are 0-6 SU in their last 6 games on the road.

New Jersey is up against odds tonight that opened with the Metropolitan basement-dwellers as the +250 underdog. That doesn’t bode too well for them this evening against a Pens team that’s 27-4-3 at home and that’s won three straight games against the Devils. If you’re looking for some value in this one, you may want to explore an alternate spread bet on Pittsburgh.

In four of their last six home games in which the Pens were a -250 or bigger favorite, they won by at least two goals so a bet for them to win by -2.5 tonight would seem to offer good value. Something to consider, though, is that the last time the Devils were this big an underdog to the Penguins, they pulled off a 3-0 upset win over their division rivals.

This is a tanking season for the Devils but the animosity between these teams is still palpable. I tend to lean toward taking the moneyline value when there’s such a big line offered but keep in mind, you’ll be taking your life in your hands if you bet on New Jersey.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to back the visiting New Jersey Devils before puck drop in this match found them as 243 moneyline underdogs at 5Dimes. They saw an opening total of 5.5, according to BetOnline.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 3.8-1.7 result in favor of the Penguins. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

New Jersey Devils vs Pittsburgh Penguins Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

43-17-9 Pittsburgh battles the Devils, currently with a 26-31-12 mark. The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 41-24-4 for the Penguins and 25-26-18 for the Devils. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs New Jersey injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 9 (Pittsburgh Penguins) and the No. 13 (New Jersey Devils) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Pittsburgh Penguins No. 1-ranked offense (3.46 goals per game) against a New Jersey Devils defense that ranks No. 19 at 2.88 goals per game allowed. The Penguins powerplay has clicked at a 22.47% rate while the Devils have a 80.84% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Devils were a 6-2 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Flyers. That made winners of bettors who got New Jersey at +106 on the moneyline, while the total score (8) was good news for OVER bettors.

The Penguins were a 4-0 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Flyers. That made winners of bettors who got Philadelphia at +115 on the moneyline, while the total score (4) was good news for OVER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • New Jersey is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games
  • New Jersey is 1-10 SU in its last 11 games
  • New Jersey is 12-3 ATS in its last 15 games on the road
  • New Jersey is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • Pittsburgh is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
  • Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games at home
  • Pittsburgh is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing New Jersey

Next Betting Matchups

New Jersey home to Columbus, Sunday, March 19th
Pittsburgh home to Florida, Sunday, March 19th