Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New Jersey Devils Pick – NHL December 19, 2021

The Pittsburgh Penguins and New Jersey Devils clash in Newark at the Prudential Center on Sunday evening.

It’s a football day, but there’s NHL and NBA action on the card. College basketball has a handful of games as well.

In Newark, the Penguins will look to make it six wins in a row following a fifth win against the Buffalo Sabres in a shootout on Friday night.

It was too close for the Penguins versus an inferior opponent, but they got it done for 2 points. This wasn’t because the Penguins played poorly.

Pittsburgh put 48 shots on Malcolm Subban and he stood tall. Subban deserved that win for the Sabres. Tristan Jarry had to deal with just 21 shots and allowed 2 goals for a 0.905 save percentage.

The Penguins have advanced to 16-8-5 and 37 points on the season. They are 6 points behind the Carolina Hurricanes for the lead in the Metropolitan Division.

New Jersey can be a fun team to watch play, but it hasn’t equated to winning results. The Devils are going into tonight at 10-14-5 and 25 points.

In their most recent attempt, the Devils fell to the Detroit Red Wings by a score of 5-2. They’ve gone on a five-game losing streak and losses in seven of their last eight outings.

Lindy Ruff isn’t getting what he wants from his team. After a decent start, it’s been a struggle to get on track. They are down three blueliners on the Covid list going into tonight.

Head below for our free Penguins vs. Devils pick on December 19, 2021.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New Jersey Devils Betting Odds and Team Statistics:

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Moneyline Total
Pittsburgh Penguins -1.5 (+135) -203 Over 6 (+101)
NJ Devils +1.5 (-155) +182 Under 6 (-111)
Team Data Pittsburgh Penguins NJ Devils
Overall Record 16-8-5 10-14-5
Puckline Record 14-15 11-18
Away/Home Record 8-3-3 7-6-3
Puckline Away/Home 9-5 6-10
Goals Per Game 3.0 2.72
Goals Against Per Game 2.41 3.38
Shots Per Game 35.48 31.48
Shots Against Per Game 30.03 31.0

Penguins vs. Devils Prediction:

The Devils have multiple defensemen sitting out because of Covid protocols. They can’t have that because this team has already been struggling as it is defensively recently.

New Jersey needs healthy bodies to put on their blueline, but that’s difficult for them right now. Ryan Graves, Christian Jaros, and P.K. Subban is on the Covid list, leaving a lot of pressure on the healthy guys to step up.

In their previous four attempts, the Devils have allowed an average of 5 goals per game. They need help, though it’s likely not going to get any better versus the Penguins on Sunday night.

Overall, the Devils are 27th in the NHL with 3.4 goals against per game. Their defensive woes were a problem before they had to send players to the Covid list, so this is a problem. Expect the Penguins to get their offense working in Newark.


Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New Jersey Devils Betting Trends:

Penguins

  • 6-0 overall in their previous six games
  • 7-2 overall in their previous nine games on the road
  • 6-1 overall in their previous seven games versus the Eastern Conference
  • OVER is 8-2-1 in their previous 11 games
  • OVER is 9-3 in their previous 12 games as a favorite on the road

Devils

  • 1-4 overall in their previous five games at the Prudential Center
  • 1-6 overall in their previous seven games on a Sunday
  • OVER is 4-0 in their previous four games
  • OVER is 7-0 in their previous seven games as an underdog
  • OVER is 8-1 in their previous eight games on a back-to-back

The Penguins are one of the best in the NHL at generating scoring chances and shots. They are third in the league with 35.5 shots per game. It has translated into 3 goals per game going into tonight.

With the current state of the Devils’ defense, the Penguins should be able to find room to score goals in Newark in this one. In the Devils’ previous ten attempts, they’ve conceded 4.3 goals per game.

At least the Devils have been scoring at home. New Jersey has put in an average of 3.06 goals per game at the Prudential Center. With a defense that has lots of problems, the Devils have to force the game offensively.

I’m looking at this matchup to go OVER the total between the Penguins and Devils at the Prudential Center on Sunday night.

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Kyle E / Author

Kyle is a veteran of TheSportsGeek and has spent nearly a decade providing accurate sports picks and writeups here. He has been a sports handicapper for 10+ years and started sharing his picks and thoughts in 2011 at TheSportsGeek. His expertise spans across multiple sports, including the NFL, NCAAF, MLB, NHL, and horse racing. Prior to writing for TheSportsGeek, Kyle was a fantasy football expert, who ultimately parlayed it into a successful sports betting career. You can find his picks daily only at TheSportsGeek.

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