Islanders vs. Penguins - 3/8/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Penguins (34-23-8) at New York Islanders (36-20-7)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 7:30 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: New York Islanders / Pittsburgh Penguins --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT, NBCSN
The Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders meet Tuesday night at the Barclays Center.
The Pittsburgh Penguins look for another win after winning 10 of their last 17 games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 18.4 percent of their power plays. Sidney Crosby leads Pittsburgh with 28 goals, Evgeni Malkin has 29 assists and Phil Kessel has 212 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 84.2 percent of their power play chances. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 112 goals on 1,425 shots faced and Jeff Zatkoff has given up 32 goals on 384 shots. Fleury has allowed five goals in his last three games.
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The New York Islanders look to keep rolling after winning six of their last seven games. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 18.9 percent of their power plays. John Tavares leads New York with 23 goals, Frans Nielsen has 23 assists and Brock Nelson has 134 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 86.4 percent of their power play chances. Jaroslav Halak has allowed 79 goals on 952 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has given up 59 goals on 838 shots. Halak has allowed eight goals in his last three games.
The Penguins are 1-6 in their last 7 games following a win and 8-3 in their last 11 games playing on 1 days rest. The Islanders are 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest. The Penguins are 9-4 in the last 13 meetings in New York and 36-16 in the last 52 meetings overall.
It's been a while since the Penguins were able to string together back-to-back wins with any consistency. Meanwhile, the Islanders have been on fire the last few weeks. I like New York at home.