Pittsburgh Penguins vs New Jersey Devils Prediction NHL Picks 4/2/24

New Jersey Devils (36-34-4) vs Pittsburgh Penguins (32-30-11)

Game Info: Tuesday, April 2, 2024 at 7:00 pm (Prudential Center)

Betting Odds: New Jersey Devils -125 / Pittsburgh Penguins +101 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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In this article, we will formulate a Penguins vs Devils betting prediction for this NHL showdown on Tuesday, April 2nd at the Prudential Center. We will take a look at: 

-The Pittsburgh Penguins recent form and recent player performance

-The New Jersey Devils recent form and recent player performance

-A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for today’s game between the Penguins and Devils. 

Penguins on Tired Legs

The Penguins are going to be on tired legs this season after their game on Monday night against the New York Rangers. On Saturday, the Penguins faced off against the Columbus Blue Jackets, and they were defeated 4-3 in overtime. Bryan Rust had a strong game, scoring a goal and adding an assist. The Penguins are averaging 2.92 goals while their defense is giving up 2.97 goals per game. Sidney Crosby has scored 35 goals and added 44 assists so far this season. 

Devils Defense Struggled in Last Game

The Devils have been inconsistent, and they are coming off a loss in the last game against the Sabres. The Devils scored two goals, and they ended up losing by three goals. Jesper Bratt had a goal. The Devils are averaging 3.28 goals, while their defense is giving up 3.39 goals per game. The offense is ranked 10th in the league, while the defense is ranked 27th. Jesper Bratt has been the top player, scoring 24 goals and adding 49 assists so far this season. The Devils will meet the Rangers and Senators after this one.

New Jersey Devils Player Prop Facts

  • Jack Hughes has recorded at least one assist in each of the Devils' last four games against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • Dougie Hamilton has scored a goal in each of the Devils' last four games as favorites against the Penguins.
  • Dougie Hamilton has recorded at least one point in seven of his last eight appearances against the Penguins.
  • Alexander Holtz has scored two goals against the Penguins this season - equal-most against any opponent.

Pittsburgh Penguins Player Prop Facts

  • Bryan Rust has scored the last goal in four of his last five appearances in night games at Prudential Center.
  • Bryan Rust has scored at least one goal in each of the Penguins' last four games as underdogs against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • Sidney Crosby has recorded at least one assist in each of his last seven appearances against Eastern Conference opponents.
  • Bryan Rust has recorded at least one point in each of his last seven appearances against Eastern Conference opponents.
  • Sidney Crosby ranks T1st in the Metropolitan Division for shootout goals (3) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The New Jersey Devils rank 27th in the league for goals against per game this season (3.39).
  • The New Jersey Devils are one of only two teams to win 12+ games when tied or trailing after Period 2 this season.
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins rank 30th in the league in power play percentage this season (14.58%).
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins rank 31st in the league in short handed goals allowed this season (11).

Penguins vs Devils Betting Prediction

The Devils struggled in the last game, but they are going to bounce back here. The Devils on the season are averaging 3.28 goals per game and against tired legs, the Devils are going to have no issue running up the score here. The Penguins' offense won’t score more than a goal or two, and that is going to be the difference here, as the Devils are going to get the job done. Back the Devils on the puck line. 

Shane’s Pick Devils -1.5

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