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Pittsburgh Penguins vs New Jersey Devils Moneyline, Total & Odds

Moneyline: Penguins -235 | Devils +190

Spread: Penguins -1.5 (+112) | Devils +1.5 (-138)

Total: 6.5 Over +100|Under -122

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Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New Jersey Devils News, Analysis & Picks

The sports world shuts down for the Super Bowl, which means the NHL action starts early on Sunday. We have a modest four-game slate to look forward to; included is the Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New Jersey Devils and their puck drop at 1:30 p.m. ET. The Devils have scored 14 goals in their last two games, but we don’t expect that to continue against the stalwart Penguins.

The Devils production increase is contraindicated in their support settings. New Jersey has been limited to nine or fewer high-risk chances in three of its last five meetings, attempting 22 or fewer scoring chances and 27 or fewer shots in all three. Nico Hischier and company are scoring 12.7% of shots in that five-game sample, posting above-average shooting percentages in three of five games. It should start to come back to earth against one of the most orderly defensive teams in the league.

Pittsburgh is among the best at limiting opponents’ chances. On average, the Penguins are giving up 21.6 points and 8.3 high danger chances per game and those metrics have been even better compared to their recent sample. The Pens have limited five of their last nine opponents to below-average quality opportunities, with no opponent attempting more than nine in a game. The chances to score against were almost as impressive, with eight of the nine teams limited to 23 or less.

The Devils offense can’t keep producing at its unsustainable pace, and the Penguins’ defensive structure will limit their scoring ability. This total is too high; we take the bottom.

Choices : Less than 6.5 -122

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