Pittsburgh Penguins (5-4-1) at New York Islanders (3-4-2)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Nassau Coliseum)
The Line: New York Islanders -115 / Pittsburgh Penguins -105 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Islanders meet in NHL action from Nassau Coliseum on Saturday night.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will look to bounce back from a 3-2 loss to the Boston Bruins in their last outing. Sidney Crosby leads the Pens in scoring with 8 points including 4 goals and 4 assists while Bryan Rust has 5 assists to lead Pittsburgh as part of his 7 points this season. Jake Guentzel and Teddy Blueger each have 6 points with Guentzel logging 3 goals and 3 assists while Blueger has 2 goals and 4 assists. After Blueger and Guentzel, four more Penguins each have 5 points, with Kasperi Kapanen and Jared McCann each logging 2 goals and 3 assists while Evgeni Malkin has 4 assists and Jason Zucker has 3 goals and a pair of assists. Tristan Jarry has a pair of wins and a 3.92 GAA while Casey DeSmith has 3 wins with a 2.85 GAA.
The New York Islanders will look to bounce back from a 5th straight loss after a 4-3 overtime loss to the Flyers last time out. Mathew Barzal leads the Isles in scoring with 4 goals and 6 assists for his 10 points, double the next leading scorer’s amount as Anders Lee, Nick Leddy, Jordan Eberle and Noah Dobson each have 5 points with Lee and Eberle each logging 3 goals and 3 assists while Dobson and Leddy each have a goal and 4 assists. Jean-Gabriel Pageau also has a goal and 3 assists for the Islanders this season. Semyon Varlamov has posted a 3-3 record with a pair of shutouts in 6 starts for the Islanders with a 2.00 GAA while Ilya Sorokin’s gone 0-3 with a 3.65 GAA.
Pittsburgh is 1-7 in their last 8 road games and 0-5 in their last 5 games as an underdog while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. New York is 0-5 in their last 5 games overall and 1-4 in their last 5 games as a favorite while the under is 3-0-1 in their last 4 home games. Pittsburgh is 1-6 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
I get that the Islanders have been struggling lately, but they’re still a gritty and well-coached team that’s going to find a way to bounce back more often than not. Pittsburgh still has quality in their team, but I think we’re starting to see the Penguins decline and start to fade back into the contender role that doesn’t win the title, kind of what the Washington Capitals were for the longest time. Either way, one win in six games on the road so far this season doesn’t inspire a ton of confidence, so I’ll side with the Islanders to pick up the win in this spot.