New Jersey Devils vs Pittsburgh Penguins Prediction, 4/24/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New Jersey Devils vs Pittsburgh Penguins
Date: Saturday, April 24, 2021
Location: PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA
TV: NHL Network
Odds/Point Spread: Devils (+235) Penguins (-275)
Tristan Jarry and the Pittsburgh Penguins (30-14-3) host the New Jersey Devils (14-26-6) at PPG Paints Arena on Saturday. The moneyline on this matchup has the Devils coming in at +235 and the Penguins are at -275. The O/U opens at 6.
The Devils will look to clean up some issues after taking a 5-1 loss against the Penguins in their last contest. The Devils could have played much better offensively in this defeat. In the game, they tallied a score on 1 out of the 31 shots they looked to score on. Moreover, they had 4 chances with extra men on the ice but didn't convert them into a score. New Jersey accrued 8 penalty mins in this matchup. The Corsi for the Devils was 45 and the Corsi against when the final whistle blew was 42 which had their Corsi percentage coming in at 51.7%. Their Fenwick came in at 36 and the Fenwick against finished at 32, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 52.9%. They totaled 14 face-off wins at even strength and lost on 18 opportunities to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts sat at 45.0% and they had a PDO of 84.0 in this one.
When talking about their goal scoring prowess, the New Jersey Devils have accumulated 116 goals (27th in the league) over the course of the season and have allowed 158. For the current campaign, they have 34 points and their points percentage comes in at .370. New Jersey has accumulated 132 power play chances and they have scored 17 goals out of those chances, giving them a percentage of 12.88%. When playing at even strength, the Devils let the opposition score 120 goals while notching 99 of their own. New Jersey has attempted 1,362 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 8.5%. The Devils have had 1,409 shots attempted against them and hold a save percentage of .888. New Jersey Devils opponents have recorded 127 power play opportunities (23rd in professional hockey) and have come away with 38 goals in those chances.
Protecting the goal for this matchup will be Mackenzie Blackwood. Opponents have been able to score 262 goals against Blackwood in his NHL career and his goals against average per game is 2.83. Blackwood has played in 97 games during his professional hockey career. He has a save percentage of .911 during his 5,554 minutes between the pipes. He has compiled a win-loss mark of 41-39-11 and was named the starter in 91 games. In his career, Blackwood has compiled 49 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .538. Blackwood has seen 2,948 shots against him and has gathered 2,686 saves.
In their win over New Jersey, Pittsburgh had 1 opportunity on the power play in this matchup but weren't able to put one in the back of the net. The Penguins scored 5 goals out of the 23 shots on goal they pursued. Their PDO at even strength was 116 and their oZS percentage was 55.0%. Pittsburgh had a 48.3% Corsi rate. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Pittsburgh played and they looked good in this game. Their Fenwick rate was 47.1% by tallying a Fenwick of 32 and the Devils finishing with a 36 Fenwick at even strength.
The Penguins have accumulated 131 goals at even strength and 30 goals (12th in professional hockey) while having a power play advantage. Pittsburgh has tried 1,406 shots (12th in professional hockey) and has accumulated a shooting percentage of 11.45%, while allowing their opponents 1,391 shots. During this campaign, the Pittsburgh Penguins have earned a total of 161 goals, 63 points, in addition to a points percentage of .670. They have a total of 132 power play opportunities and they have earned a power play rate of 22.73%. They have accumulated a penalty kill percentage of 77.30% on their oppositions 141 power play tries, and their save percentage is currently 90.5%. They have allowed 132 goals to be scored by way of 100 goals at even strength and 32 goals while they were shorthanded.
For the opposition you are likely to see Tristan Jarry defending the net. He has recorded 2,439 stops out of 2,674 shots attempted against him, giving him a percentage of .912. Jarry has accrued a career record of 54-28-7 and has played in 94 games. He was named a starter in 89 games and has played 5,275 minutes. Jarry's quality start percentage is 61.8% and he has 55 quality starts in his career. His opponents are averaging 2.67 goals per contest and he has allowed 235 goals altogether.
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Tony's Pick: Take New Jersey (+235)
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