Islanders vs. Penguins - 4/2/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Penguins (44-25-8) at New York Islanders (42-25-9)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 1:00 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: New York Islanders / Pittsburgh Penguins --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT, MSG+
The Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders meet Saturday afternoon at the Barclays Center.
The Pittsburgh Penguins look to keep rolling after winning 10 of their last 11 games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 18.1 percent of their power plays. Sidney Crosby leads Pittsburgh with 32 goals, Evgeni Malkin has 31 assists and Phil Kessel has 256 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 83.3 percent of their power play chances. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 132 goals on 1,665 shots faced and Jeff Zatkoff has given up 32 goals on 384 shots. Fleury has allowed six goals in his last three games.
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The New York Islanders look for consistency after splitting their last 14 games. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 18.9 percent of their power plays. John Tavares leads New York with 29 goals, Brock Nelson has 13 assists and Kyle Okposo has 185 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 85.5 percent of their power play chances. Thomas Greiss has allowed 85 goals on 1,117 shots faced and Jaroslav Halak has given up 80 goals on 984 shots. Greiss has allowed 10 goals in his last three games.
The Penguins are 5-0 in their last 5 road games and 23-9 in their last 32 overall. The Islanders are 5-1 in their last 6 home games and 1-7 in their last 8 Saturday games. The Penguins are 35-16 in the last 51 meetings.
The Penguins have been the hottest team in hockey as of late and that includes five straight wins on the road. The Islanders have been hit or miss, and haven't had much success against Pittsburgh in the past. I like the red hot road team in this spot.