Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Islanders

 

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In an East Division matchup, the Pittsburgh Penguins will go on the road and take on the New York Islanders. The Penguins have an 11-7-1 record. The Islanders are 10-6-4 on the season. These two teams have faced each other five times this season with the Penguins winning four out of the five games.

Penguins Getting Hot

The Penguins are getting hot, winning four of their last five games. Their last game was a 4-3 overtime win against the Islanders last night. Kris Letang had two goals and an assist. Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist in the game. Tristan Jarry stopped 24 out of 27 shots faced.

Offense has been trending in the right direction recently for the Penguins. They have scored three goals or more in seven out of their last nine games. The team ranks 13th in goals per game, 20th in shots per game, 12th in shooting %, and 21st in scoring efficiency ratio. Sidney Crosby leads the team with 18 points in 19 games played.

Although Jarry has played better in recent games, goaltending has been a problem all season for the Penguins. They have given up three goals or more in seven of their last 10 games. Jarry is 7-6-1 with a 3.14 GAA and a .894 SV %. Casey DeSmith is 4-1-0 with a 2.84 GAA and a .885 SV %. The team ranks 28th in goals against per game, ninth in shots against per game, and 29th in opponent shooting % and save %. Defense has been playing well for the Pens as they are not giving up many shots per game but goaltending is a weakness.

Islanders Coming off Loss

The Islanders are coming off a 4-3 overtime loss against the Penguins last night. Brock Nelson, Josh Bailey, and Mathew Barzal each scored a goal. Semyon Varlamov gave up four goals on 31 shots faced.

The Isles have been playing better on offense recently. They have scored three goals or more in seven out of their last nine games. Although they have been scoring more lately, the team still only ranks 22nd in goals per game, 18th in shots per game, 21st in shooting %, and 10th in scoring efficiency ratio.

The Islanders are playing very good defense and receiving excellent goaltending this season. Varlamov is 9-4-3 with a 2.17 GAA and a .924 SV %. He is tied for first among goalies with three shutouts on the season. The team ranks fourth in goals against per game, fifth in opponent shooting % and save %, and sixth in shots against per game. They have given up three goals or less in seven of the last 10 games.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

The Islanders have a massive goaltending advantage. The Isles rank fourth in goals against per game while the Pens rank 28th in that department. Varlamov is severely outperforming Jarry and DeSmith on the season. With home ice advantage and a huge goaltending advantage, New York will win this game.

Prediction:
New York Islanders (-120)

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Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

The Islanders and Penguins are both mediocre at putting the puck in the net and both play good defense. Varlamov has been incredible in net for the Islanders, so the Pens will struggle to score in this game. The under will hit in this matchup.

Prediction:
Under 5.5