Islanders vs. Penguins Prediction - NHL Picks 12/31/23

Pittsburgh Penguins (16-13-4) vs New York Islanders (16-9-9)

Game Info: Sunday, December 31, 2023 at 6:00 pm (PPG Paints Arena)

Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Penguins -120 / New York Islanders +100 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The New York Islanders and the Pittsburgh Penguins meet in NHL action from the PPG Paints Arena on Sunday. Who ends 2023 on a high note in this Metro division rivalry? Let’s dive in and find out with our Islanders vs. Penguins Prediction.

New York Islanders Team Preview

The New York Islanders come into this game looking to find some consistency, alternating wins and losses in each of their last 6 games after a 5-1 win over Washington last time out. Mathew Barzal leads the Islanders in scoring with 36 points including 10 goals and 26 assists while Noah Dobson has 35 points with a team-high 29 assists of his own and Brock Nelson’s added 30 points with a team-high 16 goals this season. Bo Horvat’s also chipped in 35 points with 14 goals and 21 assists and Kyle Palmieri has 21 points with 9 goals and 12 assists. Ilya Sorokin has posted a 11-5-7 record in goal for the Islanders this season with a 3.17 GAA and a .911 save percentage while Semyon Varlamov is 6-4-2 with a 2.75 GAA and a .919 save percentage this season.

New York Islanders Team Facts

  • The Islanders have won each of their last five games as underdogs against opponents on a winning streak.
  • The Islanders have covered the puck line in each of their last 13 games as underdogs.
  • The Islanders have lost the first period in six of their last seven night games at PPG Paints Arena.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 2' market has hit in each of the Islanders' last 15 games as underdogs against opponents on a winning streak.

Pittsburgh Penguins Team Preview

The Pittsburgh Penguins will be looking to build on back-to-back wins after a 4-2 win over St. Louis last time out. Jake Guentzel leads the Penguins in scoring with 40 points including 16 goals and a team-high 24 assists while Sidney Crosby has 36 points with a team-high 20 goals. Evgeni Malkin has 31 points with 14 goals and 17 assists while Erik Karlsson’s added 23 points with 17 assists and Kris Letang has 23 points of his own with 20 assists this season. Tristan Jarry has gone 11-11-2 with a 2.47 GAA and a .916 save percentage while Alex Nedeljkovic has a 5-2-2 record with a 2.64 GAA and a .917 save percentage this season. The Penguins will meet the Capitals and Bruins after this one.

Pittsburgh Penguins Team Facts

  • The Penguins have lost each of their last four games as favorites against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • The Penguins have failed to cover the puck line in each of their last eight games as home favorites following a home win.
  • The Penguins have lost the first period in each of their last five games as favorites following a home win.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in seven of the last eight games between the Islanders and Penguins at PPG Paints Arena.

Islanders vs. Penguins Prediction

I get the case to be made for the Islanders looking for revenge as these teams met earlier this week with the Penguins winning 7-0, but I don’t see it. The Penguins play their best at home and the Islanders are just struggling with consistency and I think the Penguins are just playing the better hockey, plain and simple. Give me Pittsburgh here.

Chris’s Pick Pittsburgh Penguins -120

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