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Penguins Look To Keep Momentum Going With Date At New Jersey

Posted by Carter Brown on 4/24/2013 7:28:30 PM

The Pittsburgh Penguins were supposed to slow down when they lost captain Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin to injury. That hasn’t happened at all. The Penguins have continued to roll with wins in seven of their last 10 games, and have already clinched the best record in the Eastern Conference. Keeping the online sports betting momentum going is all that Pittsburgh will be playing for when it visits the New Jersey Devils this Thursday, and avoiding any further injuries will be among the keys to the game.

Pittsburgh Penguins @ New Jersey Devils
Thursday April 25, 2013 – 7:30 PM ET
Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
NHL Sports Betting Line: Pittsburgh – 150

The Devils suffered the most dramatic collapse of any NHL team this season, dropping from Atlantic division leaders to outside of the playoffs within the span of a month. The defending Eastern Conference champions won’t get the chance to defend their crown, and there will be a lot of work to do in the offseason.

NHL Betting Preview: Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins are one of the few teams that actually have a better record on the road than on home ice this season, and while it is only a one-game difference it is testament to how well they have played as the visiting team. Crosby was the leader to win the Hart trophy before he went down, but the fact that Pittsburgh has just kept on winning might actually hurt his stock in that category. The additions of Brenden Morrow and Jarome Iginla have been that much more significant following the loss of Crosby, although both he and Malkin are expected to be ready for the postseason. The Penguins lead the league in scoring this season, but it’s their strong two-way play of late that is most impressive.

NHL Betting Preview: New Jersey Devils

There were high expectations for the Devils heading in to this online betting season, and fans really got an appreciation for how valuable Ilya Kovalchuk is for this team since he went down. New Jersey went from the thick of the playoff race to the outside looking in, and the fact that they won’t make the playoffs in big part because of Kovalchuk’s injury is pretty alarming. The Devils rank among the lowest scoring teams in the NHL this season, and while veterans Martin Brodeur and Johan Hedberg have kept them in most games with their strong play, this team just doesn’t have the firepower to keep up with the best in the East right now.

NHL Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

Regardless of that they have top spot in the East locked up, the Penguins are still looking to improve as a team and build on the momentum heading in to the postseason. New Jersey hasn’t looked anything like the team that went to last year’s Stanley Cup finals since Kovalchuk went down, so look for Pittsburgh to continue to roll with another big road win this Thursday night at the Prudential Center

NHL Betting Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins

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