For two periods on Tuesday night, everything went exactly as we thought it would. The Pittsburgh Penguins were well out in front of the New Jersey Devils. Then the third period happened, and the Penguins made history. The Penguins didn’t blow the game, they held on for a 7-6 victory, but after allowing six goals in the third, they became the first team in NHL history to be outscored by at least five goals in the final period and still hold on to win.
Penguins betting did well on the over and with many player props hitting.
Let’s take a look at this matchup, the second of three straight meetings between these teams, from a betting perspective in our Devils vs. Penguins betting preview with odds, picks, and predictions.
Despite the wild comeback, the Devils have lost seven straight and are just 2-11-2 over the last 15 games. Still, they have managed to maintain a three-point lead over the Buffalo Sabres, who have the NHL’s worst record.
Meanwhile, the Penguins, who rediscovered their offense, have to question where their competitiveness went in the third period. They also have to wonder why, despite the 2-1-1 record in their last four outings, they find themselves struggling to put away non-playoff teams like Philadelphia, Buffalo, and New Jersey.
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Devils vs. Penguins Prediction
The New Jersey Devils defense has gone from bad to worse. New Jersey has allowed at least four goals in eight of their last 10 games, including all seven games during their current losing skid. Even with the near-epic comeback, the Devils have given up twice as many goals as they’ve scored during the streak.
As for the Pittsburgh Penguins, the offense appears to be back on track after a short lull. Pittsburgh has scored 42 goals in 10 April games. The top line of Sidney Crosby, Jake Guentzel, and Bryan Rust continues to pour it on, as each had a multi-point game against the Devils.
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Devils vs. Penguins Odds
Here are the Devils vs. Penguins odds at DraftKings Sportsbook:
|Penguins||+1.5 (-286)||-105||O 5.5 (+115)|
|Islanders||-1.5 (+230)||-110||U 5.5 (-139)|
Bets We Like With a Penguins Win
Kris Letang OVER 0.5 assists (-110, FanDuel)
Letang only has two points, both assists, over his past five games. Prior to his current dry spell, however, he was wracking up the points, especially assists.
Letang also has five assists in six games this season against the Devils. Not to mention, the Penguins are 16-4-1 in games in which Letang registers at least one assist. It’s not a value bet, but it’s still one you can almost count on cashing.
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Bets We Like With a Devils Win
Yegor Sharangovich OVER 0.5 points (+116, FanDuel)
The Devils have somehow hung with the Penguins this season, even beating them twice (2-4-0). Three of their four losses were competitive games. The Devils’ top line of Jack Hughes, Janne Kuokkanen, and Sharangovich has been the best bets to score since they’ve been put together. Sharangovich has been the most consistent of the three and has five points in his last three games while also averaging a point per game in the last three contests against the Penguins.
There’s small value in predicting him to hit the scoresheet, but you should take it.
Bets We Like Independent of Outcome
Penguins to Win by more than one goal and OVER 5.5 goals (+170, DraftKings)
You have to be creative if you want to bet a game with such lopsided odds. Here, we take worse odds on the over-under by dropping it by a half-puck but vastly improve our odds by parlaying the total with a Penguins win by at least two goals.
We saw the dominance the Penguins can have over this Devils team before Pittsburgh turned off the jets in the third period on Tuesday. Combine the Devils porous defense with their NHL-worst penalty kill and the fact that the Penguins found their offense, and, well, reaching that six-goal plateau ought to be a breeze.
Devils vs. Penguins Prediction
The Penguins are the superior team. Last time out, New Jersey took advantage of Pittsburgh going on cruise control to get back into a game they had no business being in.
The Penguins won’t let that happen again, and this time, the Devils won’t have that same fight in them.
Betting Pick: Penguins 5, Devils 2.
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