The Pittsburgh Penguins face the New Jersey Devils at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh on Friday. Pittsburgh are currently second in the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference and have won three of the last four meetings with New Jersey, which makes them favourites in the betting tip even though the odds are not yet available.
Penguins are the favourites in the betting tip
Pittsburgh are enjoying a great season and have climbed to second place in the Metropolitan Division with 45 points from 32 games. They have won 20 games this season thanks to their stellar offensive line who has already scored 109 goals, which is the second-most in the Eastern Conference. The Penguins are only two points and four goals behind the New York Rangers in the overall standings but have two games in hand on them. Sidney Crosby is the league’s best goal-scorer with 21 goals in 24 matches, a torrid goal-scoring pace that has been the talk of the NHL so far this season. The Penguins have won three of their last four meetings with New Jersey and have a cushion of 14 points over their next opponents, which makes them the clear favourites ahead of this long-awaited clash. They are in a good form, having won seven of their last ten games. There is no odds comparison available yet but anything but a Penguins victory over New Jersey in front of their fans would be a big surprise.
New Jersey are only seventh in the division and outsiders in the betting tip
The New Jersey Devils came into the 2016-17 season as underdogs and have had a shaky start to the campaign. They currently sit in seventh place in the Metropolitan Division with 31 points from 31 games. There are many things you could call the Devils this season but a goal-threat is not one of them with only 74 goals, which makes them the worst offence in the Division and the second-worst in the Eastern Conference. They are not in their best form and have won only twice in their last ten games. Moreover, the Devils won only once in their last four encounters with Pittsburgh. New Jersey are in 15th position in the Eastern Conference and their points cushion over last-placed Islanders is down to three points. The Devils are averaging 2.32 goals and 28.4 shots per game which makes them one of the least efficient teams in the entire league and outsiders in the betting tip.
Betting tip for NHL Pittsburgh versus New Jersey
The betting odds are not yet available but will be added as soon as we receive them. Pittsburgh are in a better form this season and will be the clear favourites against New Jersey ahead of the match on Friday.