New Jersey Devils vs Pittsburgh Penguins 04/24/2021 NHL Tips, Spread & Picks
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New Jersey Devils vs Pittsburgh Penguins 04/24/2021 – The New Jersey Devils and the Pittsburgh Penguins will wrap up their three-game series in Pennsylvania with the latter looking to complete a sweep of their stumbling visitors. Although the overall result after the last two games underlines the dominance of the Penguins, each of them was actually diverse from the other. During the first win on Tuesday, the hosts barely escaped as the Devils nearly pulled off a huge comeback after trailing by as much as six goals during the first two periods. The second match, on the other hand, flaunted Pittsburgh’s ability to respond to mishaps as the team pulled off a dominant 5-1 victory. It was the ideal performance that could set them up for resounding punctuation on Saturday. The Penguins are believed to do just so as top betting sportsbooks tag them as favorites at home with a -270 moneyline price while the Devils are offered at +239.
New Jersey Devils vs Pittsburgh Penguins 04/24/2021
When: Saturday, April 24, 12:30 PM ET
Where: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
TV: NHL Network | ATTSN-PT | MSG+
New Jersey Devils vs Pittsburgh Penguins 04/24/2021 Betting Odds:
New Jersey Devils
The New Jersey Devils showed their might in their late rampage in Tuesday’s game. But it appeared that they lost their steam after the gallant effort, resulting in a lopsided loss in the next game. The ill-fated stretch has now extended to eight games, and that has kept the team at the bottom of the East alongside the Buffalo Sabres while the rest of the division figure in an intense tussle for the seats to the playoffs. Coach Lindy Ruff, while also owning up to his own lapses, could not hide his disgust with how his team has performed during the current slide. In particular, Ruff pointed out their weakness in defending the goal, saying that goaltenders must step up in games where skaters struggle. It is indeed an unfortunate atmosphere in New Jersey but the team is still required to play the remaining games they are scheduled to play, including Saturday’s third and final match against the Penguins. Amidst the finger-pointing, Ruff still hopes his team could break out of the slump as he calls his players to step up.
Players to watch: J. Bratt LW (G 5 A 20 PTS 25), P. Zacha C (G 10 A 15 PTS 25), J. Hughes C (G 10 A 14 PTS 24).
The Penguins admit that Tuesday’s finish was a learning experience and they are just glad that they were able to adjust accordingly. Instead of questioning their capabilities after the near-meltdown, Pittsburgh took advantage and treated it as a timely test with just a few more weeks before the postseason. The back-to-back wins likewise put the Penguins in a good position to secure home-ice advantage with just a point separating them and first-place Washington Capitals in the race for the East Division title. Captain Sidney Crosby exactly knows the edge that his team could have should they seize the No. 1 spot. And as he steps closer to a 20th goal for the 13th time in his career, he expects Pittsburgh to display nothing but high-caliber play on the ice.
Players to watch: S. Crosby C (G 19 A 35 PTS 54), J. Guentzel LW (G 20 A 29 PTS 49), K. Letang D (G 7 A 31 PTS 38).
New Jersey Devils vs Pittsburgh Penguins Betting Predictions
The total has gone OVER in 8 of New Jersey’s last 11 games.
Pittsburgh is 6-2 SU in their last 8 games.
Devils vs Penguins Betting Picks
The long dry spell has obviously affected the way the Devils play. Their body language speaks volume of it, giving the Penguins more opportunity to complete the sweep. As the puck drops on Saturday afternoon, Pittsburgh will immediately go on attack mode. And just like Thursday’s conclusion, the hosts will not disappoint the NHL Betting Lines as they earn a second consecutive convincing win.
Score Prediction: Devils 2, Penguins 6.