The NEW JERSEY and the PITTSBURGH will both be gunning for a victory on 11/5/2018 at 7:05 PM when they meet in a game matchup.
NEW JERSEY DEVILS vs PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
When: 7:00 PM ET, Monday, November 5, 2018
Where: PPG PAINTS Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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TV: 7:05 PM
PREDICTION: PITTSBURGH , NEW JERSEY
Oddsmakers currently have the NEW JERSEY listed as 145-moneyline favorites versus the PITTSBURGH, while the game’s total is sitting at 6.5.
The Pittsburgh Penguins haven’t set the Steel City on fire with its play at PPG Paints Arena while the New Jersey Devils are ice cold when considered the road team this season. The Penguins bid to end a three-game home losing skid on Monday when they host the desperate Devils, who have dropped three straight to begin their seven-game road trip and six of seven overall (1-5-1).
Both Metropolitan Division teams are coming off their first shutout loss of the season, as Toronto cruised to a 5-0 triumph in Pittsburgh on Saturday while the New York Islanders skated to a 3-0 victory versus New Jersey. “You win a few games in a row and you feel good about yourself, but the league has a funny way of humbling you and right now we’ve been humbled,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan told reporters. New Jersey’s Taylor Hall took an optimistic view after New Jersey’s blanking, telling reporters that “we’d almost take that game than playing (poorly) and winning. … Right now, we’ll take the way we played.” The reigning Hart Trophy winner punished Pittsburgh in four outings last season, highlighted by capping a three-point performance by scoring on a breakaway 27 seconds into overtime of a 4-3 win on March 23.
TV: 7 p.m. ET, MSG Plus (New Jersey), AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh
ABOUT THE DEVILS (5-5-1): Kyle Palmieri has been held off the scoresheet in back-to-back games after erupting for 14 points (nine goals, five assists) in October. The 27-year-old tallied twice last season versus Pittsburgh while fellow forward Hall gashed the Penguins for three goals and four assists. Keith Kinkaid likely will be in net looking to end his woes outside of the Garden State, as he sports an 0-3-0 mark with a 4.45 goals-against average and .865 save percentage on the road.
ABOUT THE PENGUINS (6-3-3): Captain Sidney Crosby bids to turn the page after the team’s shutout against the Maple Leafs when he faces New Jersey, against which he recorded four points (three goals, one assist) last season to match Brian Dumoulin (one goal, three assists) for the team lead. “There’s not much to say with that one (versus Toronto),” the 31-year-old Crosby told reporters. “… We have to move on. There’s not much positive to take out of this one. We have to make sure that we’re better on Monday.” Fellow former Hart Trophy winner Evgeni Malkin, who saw his nine-game point streak halted on Saturday, had just one point in four encounters versus the Devils last season.
1. Pittsburgh G Matt Murray has yielded at least five goals in four of eight appearances this season.
2. New Jersey C Travis Zajac is one assist shy of 300 for his career.
3. Penguins RW Phil Kessel, who is tied with Malkin for the team lead in goals (seven), had just one tally versus the Devils last season.
PREDICTION: Penguins 4, Devils 2