Pittsburgh Penguins (10-7-1) at New York Islanders (10-6-3)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Nassau Coliseum)
The Line: New York Islanders -125 / Pittsburgh Penguins +105 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Islanders meet in NHL action from Nassau Coliseum on Saturday night.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will try to rebound from a 5-2 loss to Washington last time out. Jake Guentzel and Sidney Crosby lead the way for the Pens with 16 points with Guentzel logging 7 goals with 9 assists while Crosby has a team-high 10 assists with 6 goals. Bryan Rust has 15 points with 6 goals and 9 assists while Kris Letang, Evgeni Malkin and Teddy Blueger each have 11 points with Letang logging 9 assists while Malkin has 4 goals with 7 assists and Teddy Blueger has 3 goals with 8 helpers. Tristan Jarry has started the bulk of Pittsburgh’s games in goal, going 6-7 with a 3.17 GAA while Casey DeSmith has 4 wins.
The New York Islanders will look to build on a 7-2 win over the Islanders in their last matchup. Mathew Barzal leads the Isles in scoring with 17 points including 7 goals with 10 assists while Anders Lee has 13 points with 9 goals and 4 assists. J-G Pageau, Nick Leddy and Jordan Eberle each have 12 points with Pageau and Eberle each having 8 goals with 4 assists while Leddy has 11 assists. Semyon Varlamov’s started 15 games for the Isles, grabbing 9 wins with 3 shutouts and a 2.06 GAA on the year.
Pittsburgh is 3-9 in their last 12 road games and 0-6 in their last 6 games as an underdog while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record. New York is 6-1 in their last 7 home games and 5-2 in their last 7 games overall while the under is 7-2-1 in their last 10 games as a favorite. The favorite is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
I get why the plus money with the Penguins would be worth a look, but the thing is that I’m standing firm on my stance that Pittsburgh’s on the decline and is starting to regress this season. The goaltending just isn’t up to snuff compared to the goaltenders of Pittsburgh’s recent and past glory days. New York has had their ups and downs, but the Isles have also been really good on home ice this year and I just think it continues with another win over Pittsburgh in this one.