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New York Islanders vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 1/5/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Penguins (20-19-3) at New York Islanders (20-16-4)
Date & Time Friday January 5, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: New York Islanders / Pittsburgh Penguins --- Over/Under:
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The New York Islanders look to continue their strong home ice showing as they host the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Barclay’s Center on Friday night.

The Penguins look to shake off an ugly loss at home last night against the Carolina Hurricanes in which they were shut out and now they head into New York to battle an Islanders side who has been very good at home this season and is coming off a loss of their own last night. Pittsburgh is the two time defending Stanley Cup champion but they haven’t quite looked the part so far this season and while they are still in the mix in the Eastern Conference they seem to be a bit off at the moment and are a disappointing 5-12 in their last 17 road games. Pittsburgh may turn to Tristan Jarry in this spot after Matt Murray took the loss last night and he will face off against Thomas Greiss or Jaroslav Halak who had the night off against the Flyers last night.

The Isles meanwhile are a disappointing 4-10 in their last 14 contests and they have been dominated over the years against the Penguins who are currently on a 37-17 streak in their last 54 show downs and are in a good position to extend their success here. New York has had a ton of trouble keeping the puck out of their net this season but luckily for them they possess one of the league’s top offenses and against a Pens side who has been suspect in the defensive zone it could be another break out evening for the New York offense. The Isles have struggled against the Eastern Conference of late as they are 2-6 in their last eight contests and with Pittsburgh looking to redeem themselves after a dismal effort last night they are going to be in tough.

The Penguins are 11-5 in their last 16 Friday games and have played to the over in five of their last seven against the Metro while the Isles are 1-4 in their last five Friday games and have played to the over in 25 of their last 34 games. The Pens and Isles will go shot for shot here and while the total may change I think the over is a foregone conclusion.

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