Pittsburgh Penguins receives at home the New Jersey Devils, PPG Paints Arena 7:00 pm ET. The home advantage will be very important; the Penguins have to prove that they can keep a streak at home. The visiting team, Devils, arrives at the Penguins’ home with a bad record.
Perfect home record
The advantage at home is the best that the Penguins have; they have been unstoppable this season at home, although they still have some problems on the road that will not be important tonight against the New Jersey Devils. The visiting team has serious problems to win on the road, and they will surely lose against the Penguins, that’s what the statistics say, there is still the human factor.
The winning streak at home of the Penguins is at 4 wins (Islanders, Flames, Stars and Canadiens), against the Canadiens the Penguins played comfortably and won 5-3. The home advantage of the Penguins has shown that almost no one can beat them in Pittsburgh, this year 2018 during the regular season they have only lost a 2 house game against the same team they will face tonight 2-3.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are not worried about losing this year to the Devils, they just want to keep winning games to get to the playoffs. The Penguins are scoring an average of 1.1 goals per quarter and about 3.7 goals per game. All pitts players are healthy, including some undrafted players who have contributed a lot of talent to the team.
The problem with the Penguins is that they allow to many goals, in the regular season they have scored 236 goals but they have allowed 220 goals, with 230 power plays have scored only 59 goals, although they have defended well in the power plays against, they have only allowed 45 goals in 225 power plays against.
Devils in deep problems
The record on the road for New Jersey Devils is a disaster, 19-19 during this year, nothing to offer in attack or defense, the last two games on the road was a lost against Sharks 6-2 and Ducks 4-2. The injuries have invaded the team, for this game against the Penguins, 3 players will not be available: Johansson, Wood and Zacha.
37 wins and 28 losses, those are the main numbers for the Devils, but the goals against (217) show how weak the defense of the team is right now, they have allowed 217 goals and the team has only scored 214. The power plays are not exploited, 228 pp and only 45 goals, almost the same figure for the opposing team.
The start of the season was difficult, many OT and SO, in the last 6 games they have only won half, which leaves them with a bad record. On February 27 and 3 they did beat the Penguins, twice in the same month, but those were unstable games for the Penguins, injured players and out of momentum. The chances of winning this game are almost impossible, unless the Penguins do not have the same strategy they used against the Canadiens.
Prediction: Pittsburgh Penguins
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