Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Islanders - 4/10/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Islanders (46-28-6) at Pittsburgh Penguins (42-26-12)
NHL Hockey: Friday, April 10, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Consol Energy Centre)
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -123 / New York Islanders +111 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Penguins fight for dear life in their final stretch of the regular season as thwy welcome their division rivals from New York to town.
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The New York Islanders have had a nice season on the whole but have actually regressed in the second half of the year after what was a spectacular start out of the gate, and while they may not have home ice advantage the Isles are going to the playoffs for sure. The same can't be said for the Penguins though as they are falling hard at the moment and haven't been able to generate anything over the last month and as such they run the risk of missing the playoffs altogether. The Isles have third place in the Metro at the moment but that can all change after this one as the Pens sit just two points back and the final weekend of the regular season won't be short on drama especially in the race in the Eastern Conference. Jaroslav Halak will get the call as he will go up against Marc-Andre Fleury.
The Pens have been an absolute nightmare over the last few weeks and their stretch of seven losses in their last 10 games including an overtime loss on the road against the Sens where they blew a three goal lead is a perfect encapsulation of where this team is at the moment. Pittsburgh has a ton of talent up front no question as the likes of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Chris Kunitz are among the games best, but their defense took a hit in the offseason and it is starting to show and even if they get into the playoffs they could very well be a one and done. Pittsburgh absolutely MUST win this game if they want to stay alive and while I am not a fan of how they are playing this season I do think they get a big win in this spot and set up a crazy Saturday night.