Pittsburgh Penguins at New Jersey Devils Free Preview

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Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby, and the Pittsburgh Penguins will face off against Kyle Palmieri, Taylor Hall, and the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center in a Metro Division showdown. The action gets started at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, November 13, and it will be broadcasted live on AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Penguins at New Jersey Devils Odds

Pittsburgh enters the matchup as the favorite with a moneyline of -120. The line for New Jersey sits at +100, and the Over/Under (O/U) is placed at 6 goals. The line for betting that total stands at -125 money on the over and +105 on the under.

Pittsburgh is 7-8 straight up (SU) and has lost 7.5 units for moneyline bettors this year. Eight of its games have gone under the total, while five have gone over and just two have pushed. This 2018-19 Penguins team is 4-3 SU on the road.

Pittsburgh has converted on 22.7 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s right around league average. Additionally, it has the eighth-strongest penalty kill in the league, and the team’s successfully killed off 83.3 percent of all penalties..

With a .886 save percentage and 27.7 saves per game, Matt Murray (4-5-1) has been the primary option in goal for Pittsburgh this year. If it chooses to rest him, however, head coach Mike Sullivan might turn to Casey DeSmith (3-6-2 record, .942 save percentage, 1.89 goals against average).

On the other side of the ice, New Jersey is 6-9 straight up (SU) and has lost 3.9 units for moneyline bettors this year. Nine of its contests have gone over the total, while five have gone under and just one has pushed. It’s 5-2 SU at home this season.

The Devils have converted on just 23.7 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked eighth overall, and it’s successfully killed off 82.5 percent of all penalties.

Keith Kinkaid has denied 26.9 shots per game as the primary option in the crease for the Devils. Kinkaid has six wins, seven losses, and one OT loss to his name and has maintained a fairly-weak .909 save percentage and 2.86 goals against average this season.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New Jersey Devils Betting Predictions

Pick: SU Winner – Devils, O/U – Over

Betting Trends

  • After putting up a 2-2 record in games decided by a shootout last season, the Penguins are off to a 0-2 start in shootouts this year. The Devils were 5-4 in shootouts last year and has yet to participate in one this time around.
  • For both of these teams, the game went over the total in three of their last five outings.
  • Seven of New Jersey’s last ten games have been decided by two or more goals. The team is 1-6 overall in those games.
  • This game features two of the more aggressive defenses in the league. Pittsburgh skaters have given out the league’s most hits per game (30.4) and the Devils have handed the eighth-most (23.9).