New Jersey Devils vs Pittsburgh Penguins Expert NHL Picks 11/22/2019
Game: New Jersey Devils vs Pittsburgh Penguins
Date: Friday, November 22, 2019
Location: PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Devils (+102) Penguins (-113)
PPG Paints Arena is the venue where Matt Murray and the Pittsburgh Penguins (11-7-3, 4th in the Metropolitan Division) will take on the New Jersey Devils (7-9-4, 8th in the Metropolitan Division) on Friday. The Penguins open this game at -113 while the Devils are priced at +102. The total is set at 6.5. The Devils cover 31.6% of the time, having gone 6-13 SU. The Penguins cover 50.0% of the time, going 10-10 straight up.
The New Jersey Devils come into the game holding a record of 7 victories and 9 defeats, putting them at 8th in the Metropolitan Division. During the year thus far, they have scored a total of 50 goals which has them at 16th in the conference and 31st in the NHL. Their goal differential is -21, putting them at 29th in the NHL. The Devils currently have a total of 18 points, which has them at 28th in the NHL and 15th in the conference. Regarding shots toward the net, they currently have a total of 582 which has them at 13th in the East and 28th in the NHL. As a team, New Jersey has a total of 274 hits which has them averaging 13.7 per game. They currently have a total of 194 blocks for the year. In net for New Jersey is MacKenzie Blackwood from Vancouver, British Columbia. He is 23 years old and has racked up 876 minutes minding the goal for the season. Blackwood is giving up 2.95 goals per game which puts him at 13th among East goalies and 28th among goalies in the NHL. So far this year, he's surrendered 43 goals. He holds a save percentage of .899 which puts him at 20th among East goalies.
The New Jersey Devils were on the losing side of the ice with a 5 - 1 defeat to the Boston Bruins in their last contest. The Devils had a rough night on the offensive side of the ice in the defeat. While out there on the ice, they converted 1 of the 26 shots they put on goal. They also had 2 power play attempts but weren't able to notch a goal in these power play chances. New Jersey earned a total of 4 penalty mins for this game. The Corsi for the Devils sat at 44 and the Corsi against was 37 which tells us they had a Corsi percentage of 54.3%. Their Fenwick was 32 and the Fenwick against at even strength sat at 30, which gave them a Fenwick percentage of 51.6%. They won 17 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 19 of all total face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 40.0% and they had a PDO of 85.5 in this one. Concerning opponent stats, the Boston Bruins earned a total of 28 shots. They finished with a total of 4 penalty minutes and they earned 2 power play chances.
The Penguins will be on the other side of the ice and for the season they have 11 victories and 7 defeats. When discussing goal differential, they sit 3rd in the Eastern Conference and 3rd in the league with +15. They have a total of 70 goals for the season which is 7th in the conference. Pittsburgh has a save percentage as a team of .911 which has them sitting 10th in the league, meaning they are difficult to score against. They have a shooting percentage of 9.6% which is good for 9th in the Eastern Conference. In goal for Pittsburgh is Matt Murray who is having an average season by surrendering 2.52 goals against average and that places him 3rd among East goaltenders and 10th in the NHL. In the 1,000 mins he's played this year, he has allowed 42 goals. He has a save % of .910, which places him at 9th among East goaltenders and 23rd in the NHL.
The Pittsburgh Penguins squared up with the New York Islanders in an outing where the Penguins were on the wrong end of the score by a tally of 5 - 4. While out there on the ice, Pittsburgh went home with a 41.3% Corsi rating. They got there by having a Corsi of 33 and their opponent having a Corsi of 47. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 35.1% by notching a Fenwick of 20 and the Islanders having earned a 37 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Pittsburgh had and we'd say they played well overall. Their PDO at even strength was 95.6 and their oZS percentage was 62.1%. The Penguins notched 4 goals of the 31 shots on goal they tried. They had 4 power play opportunities in this one and netted 2 out of those opportunities. As for their opponent, the Islanders had 3 power play attempts but didn't tally a goal. Pittsburgh gave way to 42 shots on goal and the Islanders earned 8 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Pittsburgh (-113)
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