New York Islanders (34-19-7) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (39-17-4)
May 24, 2021 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -138 / New York Islanders +125; Over/Under: -5.5
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The Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders meet Monday in game five of the NHL First Round Playoffs at the PPG Paints Arena.
The New York Islanders look for back-to-back wins to take a 3-2 series lead. The New York Islanders are averaging 3.25 goals per game and are scoring on 25 percent of their power play opportunities. Kyle Palmieri leads New York with two goals, Scott Mayfield has three assists and Anthony Beauvillier has 15 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.75 goals per game and are killing 87.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Ilya Sorokin has allowed four goals on 72 shots faced and Semyon Varlamov has allowed seven goals on 72 shots.
The Pittsburgh Penguins look for their second home playoff win to take a 3-2 series lead. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 2.75 goals per game and are scoring on 12.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Jeff Carter leads Pittsburgh with three goals, Kris Letang has two assists and Jake Guentzel has 19 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 3.25 goals per game and are killing 75 percent of their opponents power plays. Tristan Jarry has allowed 13 goals on 135 shots faced.
The Islanders are 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The Penguins are 40-15 in their last 55 home games and 35-17 in their last 52 overall. The under is 13-6-2 in Islanders last 21 overall. The under is 5-2-1 in Penguins last 8 home games. The Islanders are 15-36 in the last 51 meetings in Pittsburgh and 3-8 in the last 11 meetings. The home team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The favorite is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings.
The New York Islanders have had their issues on the road as of late and they’ve still lost seven of the last 10 meetings against the Penguins. The Pittsburgh Penguins should be favored here in a critical game five with the series tied, and they’ve been nothing but cash cows in the home favorite role. However, the Islanders are coming off their most impressive performance of the series and they’re still a well coached team that gets after it defensively. I’m not running away from the plus money here, even if the line is probably correct. Give me the Islanders.