Pittsburgh Penguins (11-7-1) at New York Islanders (10-6-4)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 5:00 pm (Nassau Coliseum)
The Line: New York Islanders -110 / Pittsburgh Penguins -110 --- Over/Under: 45 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Islanders meet in NHL action from the Nassau Coliseum on Sunday.
The Pittsburgh Penguinswill be out to build on a 4-3 overtime win over the Isles in their last matchup. Sidney Crosby leads the Pegnuisn in scoring with 18 points coming on 7 goals and 11 assists while Jake Guentzel has 17 points with 7 goals and 10 helpers. Bryan Rust has 6 goals and 9 assists for his 15 points and Kris Letang’s got 14 points with 10 assists. Evgeni Malkin has 12 points with 4 goals and 8 assists and Teddy Blueger’s got 3 goals and 8 assists for his 11 points while Kasperi Kapanen has 10 points with 3 goals and 7 assists this year. Tristan Jarry has a 7-7 record with a 3.14 GAA in 14 games for the Pens this year while Casey DeSmith has a 4-1 record with a 2.84 GAA this year.
The New York Islanders will look to bounce back from their loss to the Penguins last time out. Mathew Barzal leads the Islanders in scoring with 18 points coming on 8 goals and 10 assists while Anders Lee has 14 points with a team-high 9 goals and 5 helpers. Nick Leddy has 13 points with 12 assists and J-G Pagues and Jordan Eberle each have 12 points with 8 goals and 4 assists. Brock Nelson and Josh Bailey also have 10 points apiece with Nelson logging 6 goals with 4 helpers and Bailey chipping in 2 goals and 8 assists. Semyon Varlamov has 16 games played with 9 goals and 6 assists with 3 shutouts and a 2.17 GAA this season.
Pittsburgh is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall and 6-14 in their last 20 road games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record. New York is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall and 2-5 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 5-0-1 in their last 6 home games. The over is 5-0 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams in New York and 6-2 in the last 8 matchups overall.
I get that the Penguins are an experienced group that’’s exrned this kind of respect from oddsmakers over the years. However, The Islanders are simply the better team here and have yet to lose in regulation at home this season. It’s also hard to beat the same time twice in as many days to begin with, but now with quality on the other side, it makes it even more difficult. I’ll side with the Islanders to get the job done on home ice in this one.