Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews(34) gets his second goal of the game on Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck(37) during an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, March 9, 2021, in Toronto, Canada. (AP Photo/Peter Power)
- The NHL features a large 11-game slate on Saturday, April 24th
- The surging Pittsburgh Penguins host the slumping New Jersey Devils
- See the odds for all 11 games along with our best bets below
Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins will look to sweep a three-game set against the New Jersey Devils when the two teams battle at PPG Paints Arena on Saturday afternoon. The East Division matchup kicks off a packed day of NHL action that features 10 other games.
Elsewhere around the NHL, the Toronto Maple Leafs are listed as -139 favorites in a rematch with the Winnipeg Jets. Will we see another high-scoring battle between two North Division powerhouses?
Below, see the odds for all 11 NHL games on Saturday, April 24th, plus best bets.
NHL Odds April 24th
|New Jersey Devils||+233||+1.5 (-104)||O 6 (-124)|
|Pittsburgh Penguins||-295||-1.5 (-115)||U 6 (+102)|
|Colorado Avalanche||-159||-1.5 (+160)||O 6 (-107)|
|St. Louis Blues||+132||+1.5 (-195)||U 6 (-114)|
|Dallas Stars||-200||-1.5 (+130)||O 5.5 (+114)|
|Detroit Red Wings||+155||+1.5 (-155)||U 5.5 (-139)|
|Washington Capitals||+105||+1.5 (-245)||O 5.5 (-110)|
|New York Islanders||-127||-1.5 (+195)||U 5.5 (-110)|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||-139||-1.5 (+188)||O 6 (-112)|
|Winnipeg Jets||+115||+ 1.5 (-230)||U 6 (-109)|
|Carolina Hurricanes||-127||-1.5 (+200)||O 6 (-104)|
|Florida Panthers||+104||+1.5 (-245)||U 6 (-118)|
|Montreal Canadiens||-112||-1.5 (+235)||O 5.5 (-110)|
|Calgary Flames||-109||+1.5 (-286)||U 5.5 (-110)|
|Vegas Golden Knights||-250||-1.5 (-104)||O 5.5 (-107)|
|Anaheim Ducks||+202||+1.5 (-115)||U 5.5 (-114)|
|Minnesota Wild||-127||-1.5 (+195)||O 5.5 (-120)|
|San Jose Sharks||+105||+1.5 -240)||U 5.5 (-103)|
|Ottawa Senators||+125||+1.5 (-215)||O 6 (-114)|
|Vancouver Canucks||-152||-1.5 (+175)||U 6 (-107)|
|Arizona Coyotes||-107||+1.5 (-278)||O 5.5 (+102)|
|LA Kings||-144||-1.5 (+225)||U 5.5 (-124)|
All odds as of Apr. 23 at DraftKings.
Penguins Finish Off Devils
The Penguins will look to complete a series sweep of the Devils on Saturday. Pittsburgh won the opener by a 7-6 score Tuesday before turning in a much more complete effort in a 5-1 victory Thursday.
The Penguins have won six of their last eight games and are now within one point of the Washington Capitals for first place in the East Division. The Devils, meanwhile, have fallen completely out of the playoff race and suffered eight consecutive losses.
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, ELVIS HAS JUST LEFT THE BUILDING! pic.twitter.com/nzl6k0N0ii
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) April 23, 2021
This is a tale of two teams going in different directions, and there’s value betting on the team that still has something to play for. Not only have the Pens won four straight against New Jersey, but they’re one of the league’s best teams on home ice with an 18-3-2 record.
The Devils are without top defenseman PK Subban (COVID protocols) and starting goalie MacKenzie Blackwood (upper body), which is reason to bet the Pens on the puckline. Jersey has given up at least five goals in eight of their past 11 games, and goalies Scott Wedgewood and Aaron Dell both own save percentages below .900.
Pick: Penguins -1.5 (-115)
Leafs and Jets Cash ‘Over’
The Maple Leafs and Jets are set to deliver more offensive fireworks Saturday night after Toronto won by a 5-3 score Thursday. These are two of the top offensive teams in the NHL, with the Leafs averaging 3.28 goals-per-game and the Jets averaging 3.20.
Toronto has a six-point lead on Winnipeg atop the North Division standings, but their defensive play has been worrisome. Toronto has allowed at least three goals in seven straight games and goalie Jack Campbell has come back down to earth after beginning his Maple Leafs career with an 11-game winning streak.
Winnipeg is going to be hungry for revenge Saturday, and they’ll have a favorable special teams matchup. The Jets’ stacked power play is ranked fourth in the NHL and will be going up against the Leafs’ 27th ranked penalty kill. There were only three total penalties handed out in Thursday’s game, which is something that should change for the rematch.
The Leafs have scored eight goals in their past two games and got a boost on the second line with Nick Foligno making his Toronto debut. Toronto has fared well against WPG goalie Connor Hellebuyck, who was pulled Thursday and owns a lackluster 3.16 GAA in 15 career starts against the Leafs.
Bet on these two lethal offenses stealing the show again Saturday.
Pick: Over 6 (-112)
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