Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Islanders
|Date & Time||Friday April 12, 2019, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
New York Islanders -105 / Pittsburgh Penguins -111
CBC, TVA, NBCS, MSG+, ATT-Pitt, MSG
The Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Islanders meet in game two of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series in NHL action from the Nassau Coliseum on Friday night.
The New York Islanders will look to maintain home ice after picking up the game one win and series lead with a 4-3 overtime win in Wednesday’s opener.
The action started early as Jordan Eberle opened the scoring for the Isles just 1:40 into the game after an Islander goal in the first minute was overturned after a coaches challenge. Phil Kessel tied the game up just over four minutes later for the Penguins but Brock Nelson would restore New York’s lead later in the 1st period.
Evgeni Malkin would tie the game at two for Pittsburgh with the lone goal of the middle period and the 2-2 score line would hold up through the first half of the 3rd period as well. Nick Leddy gave New York a 3-2 lead but the Islanders couldn’t hold on as Justin Schultz tied the game with 1:29 to go, forcing overtime in the process.
Josh Bailey sent the fans home happy with an Islanders win, scoring the OT winner 4:39 into the extra frame. Robin Lehner picked up the win between the pipes for New York after stopping 41 of 44 shots faced, while Matt Murray ended up on the losing end, allowing 4 goals on 33 shots faced in the losing effort.
Pittsburgh is 5-2 in their last 7 Friday games and 11-4 in their last 15 Conference quarterfinal games while the under is 14-4-1 in their last 19 games overall. New York is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall and 5-2 in their last 7 home games while the under is 20-7 in their last 27 games against the Eastern Conference. The home team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
Pittsburgh is too talented of a team to go down 2-0 in the first round, you could definitely make a case for that. However, I’ve said before, Nassau Coliseum just seems to bring something out of the Islanders as the fan base just hovers over the ice and New York just seems to play inspired hockey there. Pittsburgh had their chances and I wouldn’t be surprised to see this one go back to Pittsburgh tied at one win apiece, but we are getting a cheaper price with the Islanders who know that a win here would go a long way in progressing their playoff hopes. I’ll take a shot with New York at home in this one.