Betting on the New Jersey Devils vs Pittsburgh Penguins Game
Tuesday night, the New Jersey Devils finish a two-game road trip by heading to Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins. The Devils (25-19-5) are coming off a win in Winnipeg on Saturday night. If you want to check our NHL betting lines, click here.
Coach Sullivan: “Beau Bennett is being evaluated. We won’t have more details until after the All-Star Break. He will not play tomorrow.”
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) January 25, 2016
Why should you bet on the Devils?
Lee Stempniak is making an impression with New Jersey, and he ended up being the #1 star of the game in the Devils’ 3-1 win over Winnipeg. He has 14 goals and 36 points during his 49 games with the Devils so far, and the 11-year veteran has made a place for himself on the team. He scored in the first and third periods for the Devils, who continued their recent strong play at even strength by not permitting a goal. The Jets did score in the third period, with a power play goal from Dustin Byfuglien. For the Devils, Corey Schneider continued his recent string of strong play, making 22 saves and posting a 22-14-5 record for the season so far. Even though Winnipeg dominated the first 15 minutes of the second period, peppering Schneider with eight shots while keeping the Devils from putting any shots on goal, the Devils took advantage of a chance to be on the power play, as the team turned a one-time pass into a goal to go up 2-0.
Why should you bet on the Penguins?
The Pens have had an unusual bit of rest for this point in the season, as their Sunday game in Washington was postponed thanks to the avalanche of snow that Winter Storm Jonas dumped on the region. The Penguins (23-17-7) are one of a group of teams bunched around the middle of the Eastern Conference standings, currently sitting in fifth place in the Metropolitan Division. In their last game, they did secure a 5-4 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Anchored by a hat trick from Evgeni Malkin, the Penguins did just enough to knock off one of the more explosive teams in the Western Conference. Malkin’s hat trick helped Pittsburgh come back from a two-goal deficit during the third period to get the win. That was Malkin’s 10th career hat trick during a regular season game. Given the talent that the Penguins have on their roster, they could explode and go off on a big streak at any time.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
The Penguins are a strong team at home this season, and while the Devils have been tough both at home and away, Malkin’s scoring has elevated lately, giving the team what it needs to make a move up the standings in the East. As soon as the team’s defense elevates to meet the quality that the offense and the goaltending have been providing, the team could become one of the contenders instead of being on the outside looking in when playoff time comes. In this particular matchup, I like the Penguins to prevail at home by the score of 4-3. I think that their offense is going to be strong enough, but the question will be whether their defense can hold the Devils at bay. This is a problem that Pittsburgh will have to solve if they want to take advantage of the terrific offensive talent on their roster.