New York Islanders vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 11/21/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Pittsburgh Penguins (11-7-3) at New York Islanders (15-3-1)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 7:00 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: New York Islanders -135 / Pittsburgh Penguins +122 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders meet Thursday in NHL action at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The Pittsburgh Penguins look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 14.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Jake Guentzel leads Pittsburgh with 10 goals, Sidney Crosby has 12 assists and Kris Letang has 55 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 89.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has given up 42 goals on 469 shots faced and Tristan Jarry has allowed nine goals on 146 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last 10 games.
The New York Islanders look to keep the puck rolling after winning 14 of their last 15 games. The New York Islanders are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 23.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Mathew Barzal leads New York with nine goals, Brock Nelson has 11 assists and Anthony Beauvillier has 42 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 84.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 26 goals on 295 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has allowed 19 goals on 306 shots. The New York Islanders have allowed three or more goals in four of their last five games.
The Penguins are 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest, 48-20 in their last 68 Thursday games and 2-5 in their last 7 road games. The Islanders are 8-0 in their last 8 games as a favorite, 6-0 in their last 6 games as a home favorite and 8-1 in their last 9 home games. The under is 5-2 in Penguins last 7 road games. The over is 4-1 in Islanders last 5 overall. The Penguins are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings. The road team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings. The underdog is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings. The under is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in New York.
It's not easy to beat the same team within a week, but the New York Islanders have won five of the last six meetings against the Penguins and are playing lights out hockey overall. I've mentioned in the past that sometimes you ride the hot hand until it runs cold, and that's the case with the Islanders, a team that has lost once since October 12. As long as the prices remain reasonable, there's no reason to fade the Islanders, especially on their home ice.