New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins - 2/18/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins - 2/18/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins (7-6-1) vs New York Islanders (8-4-3)

Game Info: Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 7:00 pm (PPG Paints Arena)

Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Penguins -133 / New York Islanders +110 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Thursday in NHL action at the PPG Paints Arena.

The New York Islanders look to stay hot after winning five of their last six games. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 22.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Anders Lee leads New York with seven goals, Mathew Barzal has nine assists and Jordan Eberle has 42 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 80 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 21 goals on 305 shots faced and Ilya Sorokin has allowed 11 goals on 105 shots.

The Pittsburgh Penguins look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 15.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Sidney Crosby leads Pittsburgh with four goals, Bryan Rust has eight assists and Jake Guentzel has 35 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 3.6 goals per game and are killing 70.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Tristan Jarry has allowed 31 goals on 248 shots and Casey DeSmith has allowed 17 goals on 148 shots.

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The Islanders are 3-7 in their last 10 Thursday games and 5-1 in their last 6 overall. The Penguins are 150-70 in their last 220 home games and 2-5 in their last 7 Thursday games. The under is 12-5-1 in Islanders last 18 overall. The over is 9-4-1 in Penguins last 14 home games. The Islanders are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Pittsburgh and 7-2 in the last 9 meetings.

The New York Islanders appear to be back on track with their elite level defense leading the way and they've been a team dating back to last season that we've blindly backed a lot. The Pittsburgh Penguins have been hit or miss, the defense hasn't been great and now there's rumors that Crosby could be on the trade block soon? Either way, like I've done a lot over the last year, I like the Islanders and the plus money. 

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Randy’s Pick New York Islanders +110

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