New York Islanders (22-8-4) at Pittsburgh Penguins (21-11-2)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 7:00 pm (PPG Paints Arena)
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -105 / New York Islanders -115 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Pittsburgh Penguins host the New York Islanders in NHL action from PPG Paints Arena on Saturday night.
The New York Islanders will be out to build on a 4-3 win over Boston in their last matchup. Mathew Barzal leads the Islanders in scoring with 25 points including 9 goals and 16 assists while J-G Pageau has 23 points with 11 goals and 12 apples and Nick Leddy’s also on 23 with a team-high 22 assists this season. Jordan Eberle has 20 points split between 10 goals and 10 assists while Brock Nelson and Josh Bailey each have 19 points with Nelson logging a team-high 12 goals and Bailey chipping in 5 goals and 14 assists. As a team, New York is averaging 2.9 goals on 29.4 shots with a 20.9% success rate on the PP while giving up 2.2 goals on 27.6 shots with an 82.7% success rate killing the PK this season.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will look to build on their 4-0 win over Buffalo last time out. Sidney Crosby leads the Pens in scoring with 37 points including 13 goals and a team-high 24 assists while Jake Guentel has 32 points with 14 goals and 18 assists. Bryan Rust and Kris Letang each have 25 points with double-digit assists while Evgeni Malkin and Kasperi Kapanen each have double-digit assists as well this season. As a team, Pittsburgh is averaging 3.1 goals on 30 shots per game with a 17.9% success rate on the PP while allowing 2.7 goals on 29.8 shots against with a 76.5% success rate killing the PK this season.
New York is 5-1 in their last 6 road games and 19-7 in their last 26 games overall while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games following a win. Pittsburgh is 9-3 in their last 12 games overall and 9-2 in their last 11 games as a home underdog while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 games following a win. New York is 1-4 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams and 13-33 in the last 46 meetings between the two teams in Pittsburgh.
We’ve made a killing on the Islanders lately, and they’re one of the hottest teams in the league right now. However, the Penguins have appeared to be a step ahead of the Islanders in recent meetings, and Pittsburgh’s been a house of horrors for New York more often than not. As much as there’s been value with the Islanders in recent meetings, I think there’s just as much going back the other way with Pittsburgh here so I’ll back the Penguins on home ice.