New York Islanders (4-0-0) at Pittsburgh Penguins (2-1-0)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 18, 2014, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -145 / New York Islanders +132 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins play Saturday night at the CONSOL Energy Center.
The New York Islanders have gotten off to an impressive 4-0 start by scoring a combined 19 goals. The Islanders are first in the league with an average of 4.5 goals per game and they’ve won nine of their last 10 games when scoring more than two goals. Brock Nelson leads the Islanders with four goals, John Tavares has racked up seven assists and Kyle Okposo has 16 shots on goal. The Islanders have been super aggressive and have taken great advantage of the power play by scoring on 42.9 percent of their opportunities. Mikhail Grabovski is questionable for this matchup with an upper body injury. Defensively, Jaroslav Halak has allowed nine goals in 90 shots faced and Chad Johnson has allowed three goals in 24 shots. The New York Islanders are off to one of their best starts in recent memory.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are 2-1 after losing to the Dallas Stars at home on Thursday. Much like the Islanders, the Penguins are also a high scoring team that has produced 13 goals in three games and is scoring on 46.2 percent of their power play chances. The Penguins have won seven of their last eight regular season games when scoring at least three goals. Sidney Crosby leads Pittsburgh with four goals, Evgeni Malkin has four assists and Patric Hornqvist has 16 shots on goal. Pascal Dupuis is doubtful for this matchup with a neck injury he suffered on Thursday. Defensively, Marc-Andre Fleury has started all three games in net and has allowed nine goals in 82 shots.
The Islanders are 5-0 in their last 5 games following a win and 19-7 in their last 26 road games. The Penguins are 74-32 in their last 106 home games and 61-29 in their last 90 games playing on 1 days rest. The Islanders are 5-21 in the last 26 meetings in Pittsburgh.
While Pittsburgh is usually unbeatable at home, the value in this matchup is the Islanders and the plus money. New York is play excellent hockey out of the gate and hasn't been too shabby on the road recently. I'll take my chances with the plus money and the hottest team in the league at the moment.