Pittsburgh Penguins at New Jersey Devils - 4/9/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Pittsburgh Penguins at New Jersey Devils - 4/9/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

New Jersey Devils (13-18-6) vs Pittsburgh Penguins (24-13-2)

Game Info: Friday, April 9, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Prudential Center)

Betting Odds: New Jersey Devils +156 / Pittsburgh Penguins -170 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Pittsburgh Penguins and the New Jersey Devils meet in NHL action from the Prudential Center on Friday night.

The Pittsburgh Penguins will look to build on their 5-2 win over the New York Rangers in their last matchup. Sidney Crosby leads the Penguins in scoring with 44 points including 15 goals and a team-high 29 assists while Jake Guentzel has 39 points with a team-high 17 goals this season. Kris Letang has 30 points with 24 assists while Bryan Rust has 28 points with 14 goals and 14 apples this season. As a team, Pittsburgh is averaging 3.3 goals on 29.7 shots per game with a 21.2% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.8 goals on 29.7 shots with a 76.3% success rate on the PK this season.

The New Jersey Devils will look to build on their 6-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres in their last game. Pavel Zacha leads the Devils in scoring with 22 points including 8 goals and 14 assists while Jesper Bratt has 21 points with 16 assists and Ty Smith has a team-high 17 assists this season with a total of 19 points. Myles Wood also leads the Devils in the goal-scoring department with 11 goals this season. As a team, New Jersey is averaging 2.5 goals per game on 29.6 shots per game with a 13% success rate on the power play while allowing 3.1 goals on 31.6 shots against with a 72.6% success rate on the PK this season.

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Pittsburgh is 7-3 in their last 10 games against a team with a losing record and 5-2 in their last 7 games overall while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 road games. New Jersey is 7-19 in their last 26 games overall and 17-37 in their last 54 home games while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 games on no rest. The road team is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings between these two teams.

I get that the Devils are at home on the second half of a back-to-back, but being at home hasn’t meant much of anything to the Devils this season as New Jersey’s played their best hockey on the road this season. Pittsburgh’s the better team here and just appear to be no match for the Devils in this spot. I’ll back the Penguins -1.5 as Pittsburgh takes care of business here.

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Chris’s Pick Pittsburgh -1.5

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