New York Islanders vs Pittsburgh Penguins 12/27/22 NHL Picks, Predictions, Odds

Pittsburgh Penguins (19-9-5) vs. New York Islanders (19-14-2)
December 27, 2022 7:30 pm EDT
The Line: New York Islanders -111 / Pittsburgh Penguins -111; Over/Under: +5.5
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The Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders meet Tuesday in NHL action at the UBS Arena. The Pittsburgh Penguins have won 8 of their last 10 games. The New York Islanders have lost 6 of their last 9 games.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 23.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Sidney Crosby leads Pittsburgh with 19 goals, Evgeni Malkin has 22 assists, and Rickard Rakell has 102 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 84.8 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Tristan Jarry has allowed 59 goals on 739 shots faced, and Casey DeSmith has given up 31 goals on 362 shots.

The New York Islanders are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 18.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Brock Nelson leads New York with 15 goals, Mathew Barzal has 28 assists and Noah Dobson has 101 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 81.7 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Ilya Sorokin has given up 55 goals on 733 shots faced, and Semyon Varlamov has allowed 31 goals on 381 shots.

The Penguins are 6-1 in their last 7 road games and 8-2 in their last 10 overall. The Islanders are 0-4 in their last 4 games following a win and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The under is 5-1-2 in Penguins last 8 overall. The over is 4-1-1 in Islanders last 6 overall. The over is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in New York.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are playing the better hockey, and they’re easily the more trustworthy team, but the Islanders are a team I’ve backed a ton over the years, and I’m still not ready to give up on them with their effort defensively. If there was a team that benefited from the break, it’s probably the Islanders. At home, this is a chance for the Islanders to kind of right the ship. I’ll side with the home team.

Randy Chambers's Free Pick: New York Islanders -111

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