New York Islanders (8-5-3) at Pittsburgh Penguins (8-6-1)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 7:00 pm (PPG Paints Arena)
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -125 / New York Islanders +105 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The New York Islanders and the Pittsburgh Penguins meet in NHL action from PPG Paints Arena on Saturday night.
The New York Islanders will look to bounce back from a 4-1 loss to the Penguins in their last game. Mathew Barzal leads the Isles in scoring with 15 points coming on 6 goals and 9 assists while J-G Pageau and Anders Lee each have 10 points with Lee logging 7 goals while Pageau has 6 goals and 4 assists. Josh Bailey and Nick Leddy each have 9 points with a goal and 8 assists while Jordan Eberle has 9 points with 6 goals and 3 assists this season. Semyon Varlamov continues to be the workhorse in goal for the Islanders, posting a 7-4 record with 3 shutouts and a 1.99 GAA this season.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will look to build on their victory over the Islanders last time out. Bryan Rust leads the Penguins in scoring with 15 points coming on 6 goals and 9 assists while Sidney Crosby has 13 points with 6 goals and 7 assists and Jake Guentzel has 12 points with 5 goals and 7 helpers. Evgeni Malkin and Teddy Blueger each have 9 points with 3 goals and 6 assists as well for the Pens this season. Tristan Jarry’s made 10 appearances for the Pens in goal while Casey DeSmith’s made 6 appearances with both goaltenders logging 4 wins with DeSmith logging a 2.84 GAA while Jarry has a 3.44 GAA this season.
New York is 3-7 in their last 10 road games and 5-2 in their last 7 games overall while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games following a loss by 3 or more goals. Pittsburgh is 151-70 in their last 221 home games and 2-7 in their last 9 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games following a win. New York is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings between these two teams.
I think you could make a case for either side here, as both teams have been playing fairly well lately. However, I still stand by my sentiment all along that I think the Penguins are on the decline this year, as the team is getting older and the goaltending is as unreliable as it’s been in some time. New York continues to battle and continue to pick up wins and give us value so I’ll take the Islanders and the plus money in this one.