New Jersey Devils at Pittsburgh Penguins - 4/22/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

New Jersey Devils at Pittsburgh Penguins - 4/22/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins (29-14-3) vs New Jersey Devils (14-25-6)

Game Info: Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 7:00 pm (PPG Paints Arena)

Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Penguins -270 / New Jersey Devils +239 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The New Jersey Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Thursday in NHL action at the PPG Paints Arena.

The New Jersey Devils need a win here to snap a seven-game losing streak. The New Jersey Devils are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 12.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Miles Wood leads New Jersey with 14 goals, Jesper Bratt has 20 assists and Jack Hughes has 117 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 70.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Mackenzie Blackwood has allowed 83 goals on 827 shots faced and Scott Wedgewood has allowed 38 goals on 377 shots.

The Pittsburgh Penguins look for a win after winning 10 of their last 14 games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 22.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Jake Guentzel leads Pittsburgh with 20 goals, Sidney Crosby has 34 assists and Bryan Rust has 133 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 76.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Tristan Jarry has allowed 83 goals on 884 shots and Casey DeSmith has allowed 42 goals on 470 shots.

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The Devils are 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 17-35 in their last 52 overall. The Penguins are 40-16 in their last 56 home games and 10-4 in their last 14 overall. The over is 8-2 in Devils last 10 overall. The over is 7-2 in Penguins last 9 overall. The Devils are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Pittsburgh and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings. The road team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The favorite is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

The New Jersey Devils are going through their worst stretch of the season right now and they've been horrible in the underdog role dating back to last season. The Pittsburgh Penguins continue to quietly play solid hockey and they've been dominant in the favorite role all season long. The Penguins have also won four of the six meetings against the Devils this season, which includes three wins this month alone. Only option here is to take the Penguins and the PL for max betting value.

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Randy’s Pick Pittsburgh Penguins -1.5

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