New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins - 3/27/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins - 3/27/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins (21-11-2) vs New York Islanders (22-8-4)

Game Info: Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 7:00 pm (PPG Paints Arena)

Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Penguins -108 / New York Islanders -102 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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

The New York Islanders look to stay hot after winning 12 of their last 14 games. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 20.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Anders Lee leads New York with 12 goals, Nick Leddy has 22 assists and Mathew Barzal has 83 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.2 goals per game and are killing 82.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 51 goals on 659 shots faced and Ilya Sorokin has allowed 22 goals on 283 shots.

The Pittsburgh Penguins look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 17.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Jake Guentzel leads Pittsburgh with 14 goals, Sidney Crosby has 24 assists and Bryan Rust has 107 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 76.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Tristan Jarry has allowed 63 goals on 695 shots and Casey DeSmith has allowed 23 goals on 320 shots.

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The Islanders are 5-1 in their last 6 road games and 19-7 in their last 26 overall. The Penguins are 6-1 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 9-3 in their last 12 overall. The under is 36-17-3 in Islanders last 56 road games. The under is 7-1 in Penguins last 8 overall. The Islanders are 13-33 in the last 46 meetings in Pittsburgh and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings. The home team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The favorite is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.

You can make a case for either of these teams, as they've split the six meetings this season and the Pittsburgh Penguins are one of the better home teams in the league over the last few years. However, the New York Islanders are quietly one of the hotter teams in the league and have been a team I've blindly backed a lot dating back to last season. We've cashed a lot of tickets on the Islanders and yet we keep getting these cheap prices. Currently, the Islanders are the fourth most profitable team in the sport. Give me the Islanders yet again.

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Randy’s Pick New York Islanders -102

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