Pittsburgh Penguins vs New Jersey Devils Expert NHL Picks 11/15/2019
Game: Pittsburgh Penguins vs New Jersey Devils
Date: Friday, November 15, 2019
Location: Prudential Center in Newark, NJ
Odds/Point Spread: Penguins (-200) Devils (+130)
Matt Murray and the Pittsburgh Penguins (10-6-2, 4th in the Metropolitan Division) travel to Prudential Center on Friday where they'll take on the New Jersey Devils (5-8-4, 8th in the Metropolitan Division). The moneyline on this matchup has the Penguins coming in at -200 and the Devils are at +130. The O/U is set at 6.5. The Penguins cover 52.9% of the time, having gone 9-8 SU. The Devils cover 25.0% of the time, going 4-12 straight up.
The Pittsburgh Penguins head into this game holding a record of 10 victories and 6 defeats, ranking them 4th in the Metropolitan Division. So far this season, they have earned a total of 59 goals which is 7th in the Eastern Conference and 11th in the league. Their goal differential is +12, ranking them 5th in the league. The Penguins currently have a total of 22 pts, which is 14th in the league and 8th in the conference. In discussing shots on goal, they currently have a total of 618 which is 4th in the East and 9th in the league. As a team, Pittsburgh has racked up a total of 408 hits which has them averaging 22.7 per game. They currently have a total of 176 blocks for this season. The man looking after the goal for Pittsburgh is Matt Murray from Surrey, British Columbia. He is 25 years old and has racked up 878 minutes defending the net this year. Murray is surrendering 2.39 goals against average which has him ranked 3rd in the East and 7th among goalies in the NHL. Over the course of this year, he's allowed 35 goals. His save percentage is .914 which has him ranked 11th in the East.
The Pittsburgh Penguins were on the losing side of the ice with a 3 - 2 defeat against the New York Rangers the last time they stepped on the ice. The Penguins could have played much better offensively in this defeat. In their game, they finished 2 out of the 32 shots they put on net. They also had 3 power play chances and notched 1 goal out of those attempts. Pittsburgh earned a total of 4 penalty minutes in this outing. The Corsi for the Penguins sat at 47 and the Corsi against was 38 which tells us they had a Corsi percentage of 55.3%. Their Fenwick sat at 33 while the Fenwick against sat at 26, which gave them a Fenwick percentage of 55.9%. They took 20 face-off wins at even strength and lost 19 tries to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts came in at 40.0% and they had a PDO at even strength of 90.2 for this matchup. In discussing stats from the opponent, the New York Rangers racked up 27 shots. They had 6 penalty mins and they tallied 2 power play opportunities.
The Devils are the team looking to add points to their total and for the campaign they sit with 5 victories and 8 losses. When talking about goal differential, they are ranked 15th in the Eastern Conference and 29th in the league with -19. They have earned a total of 43 goals for this year which is 15th in the Eastern Conference. New Jersey has a save % as a team of .876 which currently has them ranked 30th in the league, which tells us scoring chances could be plentiful if they attack the goal. They are shooting 8.7% ranking them 14th in the East. In goal for New Jersey is MacKenzie Blackwood who is having a rough year by giving up 2.94 goals per game and that ranks him 12th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 27th in the NHL among goalies. In the 695 mins he has played this season, he's allowed 34 goals. He holds a save percentage of .895, which has him ranking 19th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 36th in the NHL among goalies.
The New Jersey Devils went up against the Ottawa Senators in an outing where the Devils ended up taking the loss by a final score of 4 - 2. In their game, New Jersey had a 44.6% Corsi rating. They wound up with that percentage by having a Corsi of 33 while the opposition had a Corsi of 41. Their Fenwick percentage was 43.3% by notching a Fenwick of 26 and the Senators ending the game with a 34 Fenwick. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that New Jersey played and you could say that they have had better days on the ice. Their PDO was 91.8 and their percentage of oZS was 56.5%. The Devils scored 2 goals out of the 23 shots on goal they took. They had 3 power play attempts in this one but didn't score a goal. Regarding the opposition, the Senators had 1 power play opportunity but were not able to notch a goal. New Jersey conceded 25 shots on goal and the Senators racked up 6 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take New Jersey (+130)
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