New Jersey Devils vs Pittsburgh Penguins Prediction, 4/22/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New Jersey Devils vs Pittsburgh Penguins
Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Location: PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA
TV: MSG+ 2
Odds/Point Spread: Devils (+235) Penguins (-275)
Mackenzie Blackwood and the New Jersey Devils (14-25-6) head to PPG Paints Arena on Thursday where they'll take on the Pittsburgh Penguins (29-14-3). The line on this contest has the Devils coming in at +235 and the Penguins are at -275. The total opens at 5.5.
The Devils will look to clean up some issues after taking a 7-6 defeat against the Penguins in their last contest. The Corsi for the Devils sat at 35 and the Corsi against when the final whistle blew was 41 meaning they had a Corsi rate of 46.1%. Their starts in the offensive zone sat at 37.9% and they had a PDO of 96.0 for this one. New Jersey recorded 8 penalty minutes for this contest. The Devils had a solid offensive outing and it was apparent in the loss. Their Fenwick came in at 28 and the Fenwick against finished at 34, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 45.2%. They earned 19 face-off wins when at even strength and were beaten on 29 opportunities to win the puck. They also had 4 opportunities with more players on the ice and were able to notch 1 goal. In the game, they scored on 6 of the 30 shots they tried.
In terms of their goal scoring prowess, the New Jersey Devils have racked up 115 goals (27th in the National Hockey League) on the season and have conceded 153. For the season, they have tallied 34 points and their points percentage sits at .378. New Jersey has tallied 128 power play opportunities and they have notched 17 goals during those chances, garnering them a percentage of 13.28%. While at even strength, the Devils have conceded 115 goals while notching 98 on offense. New Jersey has attempted 1,331 shots and holds a shot percentage of 8.6%. The Devils have had 1,386 shots taken against them and have earned a save percentage of .890. New Jersey Devils opponents have earned 126 power play opportunities (23rd in professional hockey) and have earned 38 goals in those chances.
Protecting the goal for this matchup will be Mackenzie Blackwood. The opposition has been able to score 262 goals against Blackwood in his professional career and his goals against average per game is 2.83. Blackwood has taken the ice for 97 games over the course of his professional hockey career. His save percentage currently is .911 for his 5,554 mins between the pipes. He has amassed a mark of 41-39-11 and he started in 91 games. In his career, Blackwood has 49 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .538. Blackwood has seen 2,948 shots against him and he has 2,686 total saves.
In their win over New Jersey, Pittsburgh had 2 opportunities on the power play in this matchup and scored 1 out of those attempts. The Penguins recorded 7 goals out of the 32 shots on goal they took. Their PDO at even strength was 104 and they had an oZS percentage of 61.8%. Pittsburgh had a 53.9% Corsi rate. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Pittsburgh had and they looked like the better team in this game. Their Fenwick percentage was 54.8% by tallying a Fenwick of 34 and the Devils earning a 28 Fenwick at even strength.
On the year, the Pittsburgh Penguins have 156 goals, 61 points, in addition to a points percentage of .663. They have granted a total of 131 goals to be scored by of a combination of 99 goals at even strength and 32 goals while they had less men on the ice. The Penguins have racked up 126 goals at even strength and 30 goals (11th in hockey) while on the power play. They have earned 131 chances on the power play and they have earned a power play percentage of 22.90%. Pittsburgh has taken 1,383 shots (11th in the league) and has a shooting percentage of 11.28%, while allowing the other team 1,360 shots. They have earned a penalty kill rate of 76.64% on the other teams 137 power play chances, and their save percentage comes in at 90.4%.
For the opposition you will find Tristan Jarry in net. The opposition is averaging 2.69 goals per game and he has conceded 234 goals overall. Jarry's quality start rate comes out to 61.4% and he has 54 quality starting assignments in his NHL career. He has started in 88 games and has accumulated 5,215 minutes. Jarry has compiled a lifetime record of 53-28-7 and has been in goal for 93 games. He has gathered 2,409 stops out of the 2,643 shots attempted against him, which gives him a save percentage of .911.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Pittsburgh (-275)
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