Penguins vs Devils Prediction NHL Picks 3/19/24

New Jersey Devils (32-32-4) vs Pittsburgh Penguins (30-28-9)

Game Info: Tuesday, March 19, 2024 at 7:00 pm (Prudential Center)

Betting Odds: New Jersey Devils -135 / Pittsburgh Penguins +115 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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In this article we will formulate a Pittsburgh Penguins vs New Jersey Devils betting prediction for this NHL game on Tuesday, March 19th at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. To formulate this prediction, we will examine:

  • The Penguins recent form and recent player performance 
  • The Devils recent form and recent play performance
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Pittsburgh 
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving New Jersey
  • Recent betting trends in games played between Pittsburgh and New Jersey
  • A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for Today’s Game between Pittsburgh and New Jersey

Penguins Preview

The Pittsburgh Penguins are 30-28-9 this season after they defeated Detroit by a score of 6-3 in their last game. Pittsburgh scored three goals in the first period and two goals in the second period and they were able to coast to the win. The Penguins out shot Detroit by a total of 38-28 and went 1-4 on the power play in the game. Pittsburgh lost to the Rangers by a score of 7-4 in the game prior to Detroit, but did beat San Jose before that. The Penguins are scoring 2.91 goals per game and they are allowing 2.94 goals against per game, while going 14.9% on the power play and 81.6% on the penalty kill. Sidney Crosby has led Pittsburgh with 33 goals, 35 assists, and 235 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Pittsburgh is Tristan Jarry, who is 19-22-5 this year with a 2.79 goals against average and a .906 save percentage. 

Devils Preview

The New Jersey Devils are 32-32-4 this year after they lost to Vegas by a score of 3-1 in their last game. New Jersey led 1-0 early in the first period, but they allowed the last three goals in the game for the loss. The Devils were out shot by a total of 37-21 and went 0-2 on the power play in the game. New Jersey lost to Arizona by a score of 4-1 in the game prior to Vegas, but did beat Dallas before that. The Devils are scoring 3.24 goals per game and they are allowing 3.46 goals against per game, while going 21.6% on the power play and 79.7% on the penalty kill. Jesper Bratt has led New Jersey with 22 goals, 43 assists, and 212 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for New Jersey is Jake Allen, who is 7-13-3 this season with a 3.51 goals against average and a .897 save percentage. 

New Jersey Devils Player Prop Facts

  • Jack Hughes has recorded at least one assist in each of the Devils' last five games as favorites.
  • Nico Hischier has recorded at least one point in each of his last six appearances against the Penguins.
  • Dougie Hamilton has scored a goal in each of the Devils' last four games as favorites against the Penguins.
  • Erik Haula has recorded two assists against the Penguins this season - equal-most against any opponent.

Pittsburgh Penguins Player Prop Facts

  • Reilly Smith has recorded at least one assist in each of his last four appearances at Prudential Center.
  • Bryan Rust has scored at least one goal in three of his last four appearances against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • Erik Karlsson has recorded at least one point in eight of his last nine appearances in night games at Prudential Center.
  • Bryan Rust has scored the last goal in three of his last four appearances in night games at Prudential Center.
  • Bryan Rust has scored two goals against the Devils this season - equal-most against any opponent.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The New Jersey Devils rank 27th in the league for goals against per game this season (3.46).
  • The New Jersey Devils rank 31st in the league in save percentage this season (.884).
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins rank 29th in the league in power play percentage this season (14.86%).
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins rank 8th in the league in penalty kill percentage this season (81.59%).

Penguins vs Devils Betting Prediction

Both of these teams come into this matchup having pretty disappointing seasons, but Pittsburgh has won two of their last three games. The Penguins are a lower scoring team and they have had issues scoring on a consistent basis, but they have scored 16 goals in their last three games. On the other side, New Jersey has lost 10 of their last 14 games and they have scored two goals or fewer in five of their last eight games. I really don’t like either side in this game, but I do think it is a toss up, so I will take Pittsburgh with the plus money. 

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