Devils vs Penguins Prediction - NHL Picks 11/16/23

Pittsburgh Penguins (8-6) vs New Jersey Devils (7-6-1)

Game Info: Thursday, November 16, 2023 at 7:00 pm (PPG Paints Arena)

Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Penguins -122 / New Jersey Devils -102 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The New Jersey Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins face off on Thursday in an NHL showdown at PPG Paints Arena. 

Penguins Look Good Again

The Penguins come into this game with an 8-6-0 record overall, and in the last game they looked good against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The offense scored five goals against the Blue Jackets and that led to the two goal victory. Sidney Crosby had a strong game putting up three points and one assist. Tristan Jarry was in goal and he saved 27 of the 30 shots that he faced. The Penguins on the season are averaging 3.64 goals while their defense is giving up 2.64 goals per game. They are averaging 35.3 shots per game which is the best in the NHL. 

Pittsburgh Penguins Player Prop Facts

  • Bryan Rust has scored a goal in four of his last five appearances with the Penguins as favorites against the Devils.
  • Sidney Crosby has recorded at least one point in each of the Penguins' last nine games.
  • Sidney Crosby has recorded at least one assist in seven of the Penguins' last eight games as favorites against Eastern Conference opponents.
  • Rickard Rakell has scored the first goal in three of the Penguins' last four home games against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • Reilly Smith has the equal-most multi-goal games for the Penguins this season (2).

How Do the Devils Bounce Back?

The Devils come into this game with a 7-6-1 record overall but they were defeated in the last game. The Devils scored three goals while the defense gave up six goals and that led to the defeat at the hands of the Winnipeg Jets. Akira Schmid started in goal and he stopped 25 of the 30 shots that he faced. The Devils are averaging 3.64 goals while their defense is giving up 3.86 goals per game. The offense is ranked 6th, but the defense is ranked 30th. Jesper Bratt has scored seven goals and added 13 assists. 

New Jersey Devils Player Prop Facts

  • Dougie Hamilton has scored a goal in each of the Devils' last four games against the Penguins.
  • Jack Hughes has recorded at least one point in each of his last nine appearances against Eastern Conference opponents.
  • Timo Meier has recorded at least one assist in four of the Devils' last five games against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • Jesper Bratt ranks 1st in the league for Power Play Points (15) this season.

Shane's Free Pick

This total is too low. These are both good offensive teams. The Devils defense is also giving up 3.86 goals per game and the Penguins are going to have no issue running up the score here. Look for the Devils to also continue their offensive success, scoring at least three goals. I expect this game will have at least eight or nine goals scored. This is one of the top players on the board. Back the over. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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