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Penguins Bid for Season-High Win Streak

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The Pittsburgh Penguins will try to extend their winning streak to a season-high seven games when they host the New Jersey Devils Thursday evening. The Devils, on the other hand, will be attempting to hold on to whatever slim postseason chances remain as they enter Thursday’s slate six points back of a wild card spot.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone UNDER in six of the last seven meetings.
  • The Penguins are 6-1 SU in their last seven games at home.
  • The Devils are 4-8 SU in their last 12 games on the road.

The Pens are big-time faves in this one, priced at -280 in moneyline markets at online shop Bovada while the Devils are presently +230. The total is tabbed at 5 with OVER -120 and UNDER -110.

The Penguins are currently third in the Metropolitan Division with 88 points - four back of the New York Rangers – but have two games in hand. They’ve beaten some heavyweights during their winning streak, including the Rangers, New York Islanders and, most recently and most impressively, the Washington Capitals.

Sidney Crosby has been on fire for the Penguins and brings a 12-game scoring streak into Thursday’s contest. The captain has recorded 20 points over that stretch and has three points in three games versus the Devils this season.

The last time these two met was a 6-1 Pittsburgh win back on March 6. The Pens have gone 2-1 SU in three meetings with the Devils this season and will look to keep the momentum going Thursday night.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Pittsburgh Penguins as -270 moneyline favorites in this particular NHL betting matchup earlier. The over under total, meanwhile, was set early at 5 before betting started to move the line at Bet365.

A 3.1-2.1 result in favor of the Penguins is the prediction by the Odds Shark handicapping pick engine. 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

This season the Pittsburgh Penguins are 40-24-8 overall while the New Jersey Devils are 35-31-7. As for the totals, Pittsburgh is 30-29-13 on the OU, and New Jersey is 25-33-15. 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. 13 (Pittsburgh Penguins) and the No. 24 (New Jersey Devils) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Pittsburgh Penguins No. 8-ranked offense (2.83 goals per game) against a New Jersey Devils defense that ranks No. 13 at 2.59 goals per game allowed. The Penguins powerplay has clicked at a 17.83% rate while the Devils have a 81.78% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

New Jersey won its last outing, a 2-1 result against the Blue Jackets on March 20. Bettors who backed the Devils at +101 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

In their last action, Pittsburgh was a 6-2 winner at home against the Capitals. Bettors on Pittsburgh at +102 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (8) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

Betting Trends
  • New Jersey is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of New Jersey's last 9 games
  • New Jersey is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of New Jersey's last 8 games on the road
  • Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Pittsburgh is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games when playing New Jersey

Next Betting Matchups

New Jersey home to Washington, Friday, March 25th
Pittsburgh at Detroit, Saturday, March 26th