New York Islanders (12-6-0) at Pittsburgh Penguins (13-3-1)
|Date & Time||Friday November 21, 2014, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -175 / New York Islanders +159 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Pittsburgh Penguins look to make quick work of the charging New York Islanders as the top two teams in the Metro division meet up in Pennsylvania.
The New York Islanders have been the talk of the NHL so far this season as they have pushed through years of futility to become a threat in the Eastern Conference and with a win in Pittsburgh on Friday they can pull to within a single point of the Pens for the division lead. New York has a ton of young talent that is complimented nicely by a core of veterans and role players and the recipe seems to be working on Long Island as they look to get back to the franchise's glory years. The isles face a stiff test though as they head into Pittsburgh to face a Pens team who is very tough to beat on any night let alone on home ice and with Marc-Andre Fleury being among the game's best goalies so far this season it looks like the old Penguins team is back.
The Penguins have looked like world beaters so far this season despite being without some key pieces from last year including James Neal, Brooks Orpik, and Matt Niskanen but they haven't missed a beat and sit atop the Metro division with an astounding 13-3-1 record. While Sidney Crosby is without a doubt the best player in the world and the Pens having a ridiculous core of players it has been the one who has been the most scrutinized over the last few seasons who has been the difference maker and while many will point out Marc-Andre Fleury's faults have come in the postseason he looks like a new man so far this year. This will be treated as a huge game though for the Pens and why they are considered big time favourites and while the Isles are much improved it is almost sacrilege to best against the Pens on home ice.