New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins - 3/29/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins - 3/29/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Don Wright-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins (22-11-2) vs New York Islanders (22-9-4)

Game Info: Monday, March 29, 2021 at 7:00 pm (PPG Paints Arena)

Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Penguins -110 / New York Islanders -110 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The New York Islanders and the Pittsburgh Penguins meet in NHL action from the PPG Paints Arena on Monday night.

The New York Islanders will look to bounce back from a 6-3 loss to the Penguins in their last matchup. Mathew Barzal leads the Islanders in scoring with 27 points including 10 goals and 17 assists while Nick Leddy has 24 points with a team-high 23 assists. J-G Pageau and Jordan Eberle each have 11 goals while Brock Nelson has 20 points with a team-high 12 goals and Josh Bailey has 15 assists on the year. As a team, New York is averaging 2.9 goals on 29.4 shots with a 19.4% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.3 goals on 27.6 shots against with an 80.9% success rate on the PK this season.

The Pittsburgh Penguins will be out to build on their win over the Islanders last time out. Sidney Crosby leads the Penguins in scoring with 39 points including team-highs of 14 goals and 25 assists while Jake Guentzel has 34 points with 14 goals and 20 assists and Bryan Rust has 28 points split between 14 goals and 14 assists. Kris Letang has 27 points with 21 assists while Evgeni Malkin and Kasperi Kapanen each have double-digit assist totals as well this season. As a team, Pittsburgh is averaging 3.2 goals on 29.7 shots with a 20.4% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.7 goals on 30 shots with a 78.3% success rate on the PK this season.

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New York is 19-7 in their last 26 games overall and 5-2 in their last 7 road games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record. Pittsburgh is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall and 7-2 in their last 9 games following a win while the under is 7-2 in their last 9 games overall. New York is 1-5 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.

The Islanders continue to be one of the hottest teams in the NHL, but realistically, we’re still getting way too much value to pass on with the Pens. Sure, it’s hard to beat the same team in a back-to-back, but the Penguins took it to the Isles in the first meeting and Pittsburgh’s been extremely tough to go against on home ice as it is. Again, tough spot to be in, but the Penguins at home is the play here.

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Chris’s Pick Pittsburgh -110

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