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Penguins aim to close out the year with consistency

After a stretch that’s seen them lose three of their last five games, the Penguins will look to string a few wins together before the year runs out and regain the top spot in the Metropolitan Division. They’ll head to New Jersey tonight to take on a Devils club that’s on an awful stretch that’s seen them go just 1-8 in their last nine games.

Shark Bites
  • In 14 road games this season, Sidney Crosby has 14 goals and 21 points.
  • New Jersey is 1-5 against the puckline in its last six games at home.
  • New Jersey is 10-4 in its last 14 games at home.

It would be fair to assume that the struggling Devils are a great opponent for Pittsburgh to beat up on, but the Pens have had issues in New Jersey over the years, winning just four of their last 19 games there. The Pens opened as a -150 favorite for the game, which is a spot they’ve been a poor bet in this season as they’ve gone 5-6 as a road fave. The Devils have been a home underdog just three times this season and went 1-2 in those games.

The game opened with a total of 5.5 goals and the OVER has been a hot bet in Penguins games for over a month as they’ve gone OVER in 14 of their last 17 games and in six of their last seven road games. Of course, the recent history of this matchup tells a different story as the teams have topped the number just three times in their last 18 games against each other.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the New Jersey Devils as 150 underdogs earlier today. The over under opened at 5.5 at MyBookie for betting fans hoping to turn a profit on totals.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 3-2.8 result in favor of the Devils. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs New Jersey Devils Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Pittsburgh Penguins will try to spoil to the party on Tuesday; they are 22-8-5 this season, while the Devils are 13-14-7. Pittsburgh is 22-9-4 on the totals; New Jersey is 12-11-11. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and New Jersey vs Pittsburgh injuries news.

The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the New Jersey Devils rated this week at No. 29 and the Pittsburgh Penguins sitting at No. 2.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits New Jersey's No. 27-ranked offense, averaging 2.35 goals per game, against a Penguins defense that ranks No. 19 at 2.86 goals allowed. The Devils power play is averaging 15.6% while the Penguins defense kills off 79.34% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap


Betting Trends
  • Pittsburgh is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Pittsburgh is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 14 of Pittsburgh's last 17 games
  • Pittsburgh is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • New Jersey is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games
  • New Jersey is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games
  • New Jersey is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home
  • New Jersey is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Pittsburgh home to Carolina, Wednesday, December 28th
New Jersey at Washington, Thursday, December 29th