Pittsburgh Penguins (38-16-4) at New York Islanders (33-18-7)
May 20, 2021 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: New York Islanders -112 / Pittsburgh Penguins -110 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders meet Thursday in game three of the NHL First Round Playoffs at the Nassau Coliseum. The Penguins look to get back home ice while taking a 2-1 series lead.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on zero percent of their power play opportunities. Sidney Crosby leads Pittsburgh with one goal, Jeff Carter has one assist and Jake Guentzel has 11 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 100 percent of their opponents power plays. Tristan Jarry has allowed five goals on 79 shots faced.
The New York Islanders look to protect home ice while snagging a 2-1 series lead. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on zero percent of their power play opportunities. Kyle Palmieri leads New York with two goals, Jean-Gabriel Pageau has two assists and Scott Mayfield has 10 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 100 percent of their opponents power plays. Ilya Sorokin has allowed three goals on 42 shots faced and Semyon Varlamov has allowed two goals on 45 shots.
The Penguins are 7-2 in their last 9 road games and 38-18 in their last 56 overall. The Islanders are 21-7 in their last 28 home games and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The over is 9-2 in Penguins last 11 road games. The under is 13-6-2 in Islanders last 21 overall. The Penguins are 7-2 in the last 9 meetings. The favorite is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings. The home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are tough to bet against in this spot, as they’re the team that’s been there done that in the playoffs, they have no problem winning on the road and they’ve won seven of the last nine meetings against the Islanders. However, the New York Islanders have been in both games of this series and have been the more physical team as well. The Islanders are extremely well coached and get after it defensively, two traits that usually leads to playoff success. At home, the Islanders have to like their chances. I’ll lay the cheap price with the home team.