New Jersey Devils at Pittsburgh Penguins - 2/24/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

New Jersey Devils at Pittsburgh Penguins - 2/24/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins (31-13-8) vs New Jersey Devils (17-28-5)

Game Info: Thursday, February 24, 2022 at 7:00 pm (PPG Paints Arena)

Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Penguins -357 / New Jersey Devils +273 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Pittsburgh Penguins host the New Jersey Devils in Thursday NHL Action.

The New Jersey Devils come into this road contest with an overall record of 17-28-5. Through 50 games, the Devils are 8th in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 146 times, good for a rank of 19th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, New Jersey is the 27th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.56 goals per game. So far, the Devils have a strength of schedule rating of 12th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 26th ranked team in the NHL.

The Pittsburgh Penguins get set to host the New Jersey Devils with an overall record of 31-13-8. This mark places them 2nd in the Metropolitan division. Through 52 games, the Penguins have scored 173 goals, giving them an average of 3.29. This output gives them a rank of 7th among NHL teams. On defense, Pittsburgh is the 8th ranked unit, giving up 2.6 goals per contest. So far, the Penguins have played the 31st toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Pittsburgh's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 9th in the NHL.

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Through 50 games, the New Jersey Devils' leading goal scorer is Jack Hughes. With his 16 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 30. On the season, he is turning 14.3% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Devils have benefited from the strong play of Jesper Bratt, who is the team's overall leader in points. In New Jersey's 50 games, he has come up with 14 goals on a shooting percentage of 11.6%. However, when on the ice, the Devils are -3.0 in scoring differential. New Jersey's top goalie is Mackenzie Blackwood, who is giving up an average of 3.29 goals per game.

Through 46 games, the Pittsburgh Penguins' goal and overall scoring leader is Jake Guentzel, with 52 points. He has reached his mark of 25 goals, on a shooting percentage of 15.2%. So far, 24.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Sidney Crosby, who has 32 assists to go along with his 15 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +9.0. Pittsburgh's top goalie is Tristan Jarry, who is giving up an average of 2.29 goals per game. In his 41 games played, he has turned in 24 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In Pittsburgh's 52 games, they have an above .500 record against the spread, going 33-19. So far, the Penguins have been a good bet at home as they have covered in 19 of their 25 games at PPG Paints Arena. On the season, the Pittsburgh Penguins have a per-game scoring differential of 0.63. When playing at home, the team is winning games by an averge margin of 0.88 goals. Heading into their game with the New Jersey Devils, the Penguins have a 3-2 record over their past five contests. In these games, they have scored 15 goals, accounting for 52.0% of the overall scoring. Over this stretch, the Penguins have outscored their season average of 2.6 goals per game three times. Look for Pittsburgh to pick up the win over Detroit.

 

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