Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Islanders - 3/3/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Islanders (29-29-7) at Pittsburgh Penguins (36-25-4)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 5:00 pm (PPG Paints Arena)
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins / New York Islanders --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: MSG+, AT&TSN
The New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Tuesday in NHL action at the PPG Paints Arena.
The New York Islanders could use a victory here that would snap a five-game losing streak. The New York Islanders are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 20.8 percent of their power play opportunities. John Tavares leads New York with 30 goals, Mathew Barzal has 49 assists and Anders Lee has 162 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 74.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Jaroslav Halak has given up 135 goals on 1,512 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has allowed 84 goals on 774 shots. The New York Islanders have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 11 games.
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The Pittsburgh Penguins could use a win here in order to snap a three-game losing streak. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 26.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Evgeni Malkin leads Pittsburgh with 36 goals, Sidney Crosby has 48 assists and Phil Kessel has 220 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing three goals per game and are killing 81.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has given up 106 goals on 1,159 shots faced and Tristan Jarry has allowed 49 goals on 558 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have allowed three or less goals in five of their last eight games.
The Islanders are 13-3 in their last 16 Saturday games, 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-5 in their last 6 road games. The Penguins are 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest, 57-19 in their last 76 home games and 16-7 in their last 23 overall. The Islanders are 7-23 in the last 30 meetings in Pittsburgh, 17-38 in the last 55 meetings and the over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Pittsburgh.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are in a bit of a funk right now, but the New York Islanders continue to be fade material no matter the situation. I can't back a team that can't keep the puck out of the net. The Islanders get destroyed defensively each and every night, and it was the same Friday night when they allowed six goals on 25 shots to Montreal. No, thanks. Give me the Pittsburgh Penguins on their home ice.