NHL online betting expectations are always high for the Pittsburgh Penguins as they are once again a NHL hockey betting favorite to win the Eastern Conference.
The New Jersey Devils will host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night with a starting time of 7 PM ET and a telecast on NHLNET. Have your account open and ready at Sports Gambling for action on the side and total in this Eastern Conference matchup.
Pittsburgh had a record of 28-14-2-2 with the ice hockey lines and was 14-5-1-2 on the road. The Penguins went over the total in just 8 of their 22 away games. The Penguins were suffering from the loss of superstar Sidney Crosby who was out since the Winter Classic due to a concussion. Even with Crosby however the Penguins were struggling as they were just 3-5 from December 29 through January 15.
Pittsburgh’s problems should be temporary however as they have been one of the better balanced teams in the NHL as they ranked 5th for goal scoring and 4th for goals against. Crosby was their leading scorer with 32 goals and 34 assists. Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury showed solid improvement with a 2.29 goals against average.
New Jersey has suffered all season as one of the worst teams in the NHL as they had a record of 12-29-2-1 with the NHL betting odds and were 7-13-1-1 at home. The return of Jacques Lemaire as coach has done nothing to improve the situation as they franchise is gutted out and must rebuild.
Pittsburgh has won both of the previous NHL online betting matchups against New Jersey this season. On October 11 the Penguins scored a 3-1 payout at New Jersey as the game went under the total. On December 6 the Penguins scored a 2-1 home win over the Devils as the game went under the total.
This series has gone over the total in just 1 of the last 8 meetings between the teams. Pittsburgh has gotten the money in 7 of their last 13 visits to New Jersey with 6 of the last 8 meetings between the teams in New Jersey going under the total.