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Thu 02/01/2014 - 14:13 EST

NHL Matinee Betting: Pittsburgh Penguins vs New Jersey Devils

If you are looking for something to do on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 before your New Year parties, why not take in some NHL action? There is a matinee scheduled for 1:00 PM ET between the New Jersey Devils and the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. With Pittsburgh having such an excellent season and New Jersey struggling to find a groove, we will back the Penguins on the road as the year comes to a close.

Pittsburgh Penguins: Out to add one more win to 2013 total

As 2013 comes to an end, the Penguins will look to add one more win to their record before the 2014 portion of this season’s schedule begins. Pittsburgh enters this game with an overall record of 29-11-1, good for 59 points and first place in the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference. They are 14 points ahead of the second-place Washington Capitals in the standings. Pittsburgh will continue to dominate this series when the two teams meet tonight.

New Jersey Devils: Struggling to find rhythm

New Jersey has played to an overall record of 16-16-8, good for 40 points. They sit 19 points behind the Penguins for first place in the division. New Jersey has already dropped two of three games to the Penguins this season, but won the only game played in New Jersey so far. The Devils are far better at home against the Penguins since 2009, playing to a record of 11-2-0 while allowing just 22 goals in that span.

At Bovada.lv, the oddsmakers have the visiting Penguins as 1.5-point favorites to take down the host Devils on New Years Eve. As these two division opponents and heated rivals play an NHL matinee on the final day of the year, we will bet 15 percent of our bankroll on Pittsburgh to secure the victory with the -1.5 (+225) spread to take down the Devils.