Islanders vs. Penguins - 1/16/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Penguins (26-10-6) at New York Islanders (29-13-1)
NHL Hockey: Friday, January 16, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Nassau Coliseum)
The Line: New York Islanders -115 / Pittsburgh Penguins +104 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT, MSG+
The Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders play Friday night at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have split their last eight games and play their second road game of the month. The Penguins are averaging three goals per game and have scored 11 goals in their last three games. The Pittsburgh Penguins have scored two power play goals in their last four games and have won five of their last eight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Evgeni Malkin leads Pittsburgh with 19 goals, Sidney Crosby has 35 assists and Brandon Sutter has 89 shots on goal. Defensively, the Penguins are allowing 2.3 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in six straight games. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 73 goals on 992 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has given up 21 goals on 258 shots.
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The New York Islanders have won six of their last eight games and play their first home game of 2015. The Islanders are averaging three goals per game and have scored 11 goals in their last three games. The New York Islanders haven’t scored a power play goal in four straight games and have won five straight games when scoring at least three goals overall. John Tavares leads New York with 19 goals, Kyle Okposo has 29 assists and Brock Nelson has 112 shots on goal. Defensively, the Islanders are allowing 2.7 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five of their last six games. Jaroslav Halak has allowed 69 goals on 828 shots faced and Chad Johnson has given up 39 goals on 297 shots.
The Penguins are 1-5 in their last 6 road games and 44-17 in their last 61 games playing on 2 days rest. The Islanders are 11-2 in their last 13 home games and 20-8 in their last 28 vs. Metropolitan. The Penguins are 9-3 in the last 12 meetings in New York and 35-16 in the last 51 meetings overall.
The Penguins have had great success playing in New York and have been money when having two days off. In a toss up game, I have to go with Pittsburgh and the plus money. The value is too good.