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Penguins vs. Devils Betting Pick (March 18, 2021)



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The Penguins head east to New Jersey tonight to do battle with the Devils.

Let’s take a look at tonight’s Eastern Division showdown in our Penguins vs. Devils betting preview with odds, picks and player prop predictions.

Penguins vs. Devils Betting Pick

The Penguins look to bounce back after having their six-game win streak snapped in a 2-1 loss on Tuesday night by the Bruins.

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Making his first career start, Boston goaltender Dan Vladar made 34 saves on 35 shots to earn the victory.

Defenseman Brandon Tanev scored the lone goal for the Penguins. Still, he was also assessed a five-minute major boarding penalty and game misconduct for a rough hit on Bruins defenseman Jarred Tinordi.

No further discipline has been levied on Tanev, and he should be active tonight.

Meanwhile, New Jersey enters this contest coming off of a 3-2 victory over Buffalo.

Goaltender MacKenzie Blackwood made 33 saves on 35 shots to record his sixth victory of the season. Forward Miles Wood scored his club-leading ninth goal of the year during the third period to give the Devils the lead for good, helping snap a four-game losing streak in the process.

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Penguins vs. Devils Odds

Here are the lines for Penguins vs. Devils at DraftKings Sportsbook:

Spread: Penguins (-1.5 +160); Devils (+1.5 -195)
Moneyline: Penguins (-155); Devils (+128)
Over/Under: Over 6 (-102)/Under 6 (-124)

Bets We Like With a Penguins Win

Bryan Rust to Score a Goal Anytime (+195, DraftKings)

Leading the Penguins with 94 total shots on goal, Brian Rust has unsurprisingly been one of the team’s top scorers with nine goals and 11 assists on the year. The seven-year veteran has played well against the Devils throughout his career, with five goals and five assists in 19 career games. Given his high volume of pucks on the net, a +195 price presents outstanding value for this prop.

Bets We Like With a Devils Win

Miles Wood to Score a Goal Anytime (+320, DraftKings)

Leading the Devils with nine goals, Miles Wood has been one of the few bright spots in an otherwise dismal season for New Jersey.

At +320 odds, there’s outstanding value on the 25-year-old Buffalo native to score tonight. He will look to put together his first games with back-to-back goals since mid-January.  Wood has two goals and an assist in 14 career games against Pittsburgh.

Bets We Like Independent of the Outcome

First Period OVER 1.5 Goals (-136, DraftKings)

For most of the season, the Penguins have been trading goals with their opponents early on in games. In 29 games featuring the Penguins this season, a total of 59 goals have been scored  — an average of roughly two goals per contest.

Moreover, the first period over has cashed in 6 of Pittsburgh’s last 10 games.

While New Jersey likes to grind things out at a more deliberate pace, the feeling here is that the Penguins more wide-open approach early on will dictate matters. Therefore, we will take a shot with the pricey -136 on the over in this spot.

Penguins vs. Devils Prediction

This Penguins club had a brief hiccup in Tuesday’s loss, but with a willing opponent tonight, there’s no reason it shouldn’t get back on track. Let’s call it a 4-2 victory.

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