New York Islanders vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 4/10/19 NHL - Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Islanders
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 6:30 PM (Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum)
New York Islanders -110; O/U: 5.5
The Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders meet up at the Coliseum on Wednesday night for Game 1 of their Metro division playoff series.
The Penguins head onto Long Island on Wednesday night looking to steal home ice advantage away from the Isles with a series opening victory at the Nassau Coliseum on Wednesday night as playoff hockey officially kicks off. The Pens head into the series as a slight favorite despite being the lower seed and on the road for the first two games of the series which gives a tip to just how well the Pens have been playing coming into the postseason and how much playoff and a perfect 4-0 in their last 4 Wednesday games but they will face a hostile crowd here as the Islanders faithful have shown they have the full support of their team and will do everything they can to tip the scale in New York’s favor in this series. Matt Murray is expected to get the start for the Penguins as he will likely face off against Robin Lehner.
The Islanders meanwhile exceeded expectations this season and are looking like a team that could very well go on a deep playoff run if they can harness the way they have played for most of this season but it will be tough against a solid Penguins team. New York has thrived on team defense and the best goaltending tandem in the NHL and they will need every bit of that here against a Pens side that still features a lethal offensive tandem of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Phil Kessel as well as a ton of role players that have been there in a number of different timelines this season. The Under is 10-2 in New York’s last 12 games against division opponents and is 4-0 in their last 4 meetings between these sides on Long Island.
The Pens are 11-3 in their last 14 Conference quarter final games and 22-7 in their last 29 games playing on more than 3 days of rest while the Isles are winless in their last 7 Wednesday games and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Penguins are the more experienced group and while the Isles should put up a fight in this series look for the Pens to steal the opener.