Islanders vs. Penguins - 11/22/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Penguins (13-3-2) at New York Islanders (13-6-0)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Nassau Coliseum)
The Line: New York Islanders +114 / Pittsburgh Penguins -125 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT, MSG+
The Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders play Saturday night at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have won three of their last four games and are the leaders of their division. While one of the most balanced teams in the league, the Penguins are averaging a league-high 3.6 goals per game and have scored 13 goals in their last four games. The Pittsburgh Penguins have won nine of their last 10 games when scoring three or more goals, and they’ve scored one power play goal in their last five games. Patric Hornqvist leads Pittsburgh with 10 goals, Sidney Crosby has 18 assists and Evgeni Malkin has 49 shots on goal. Defensively, Thomas Greiss has allowed six goals on 96 shots and Marc-Andre Fleury has given up 32 goals on 433 shots faced. The Penguins are 13-14 on power play kills in their last four games.
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The New York Islanders have won seven of their last eight games are chasing the Penguins for the division lead. Like Pittsburgh, New York is killing it offensively, averaging 3.1 goals per game on the season and scoring 10 goals in their last two games. The New York Islanders have won five straight games when scoring three or more goals. Brock Nelson leads New York with nine goals, Kyle Okposo has 13 assists and John Tavares has 57 shots on goal. Defensively, the Islanders haven’t allowed a power play goal in five of their last seven games. Jaroslav Halak has allowed 30 goals on 350 shots and Chad Johnson has given up 25 goals on 202 shots faced. This begins a three-game homestand for New York.
The Penguins are 11-4 in their last 15 games playing on 0 days rest and 37-17 in their last 54 Saturday games. The Islanders are 30-63 in their last 93 games playing on 0 days rest and 5-2 in their last 7 home games. The Penguins are 6-1 in the last 7 meetings in New York and 37-15 in the last 52 meetings overall.
It's tough to beat the same team twice, especially on back-to-back nights. Give me Pittsburgh for the win and the cheap price.