The New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Monday in NHL action at the PPG Paints Arena.
The New York Islanders look for a win after winning 12 of their last 15 games. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 19.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Anders Lee leads New York with 12 goals, Nick Leddy has 23 assists and Mathew Barzal has 87 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 80.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 52 goals on 670 shots faced and Ilya Sorokin has allowed 26 goals on 292 shots.
The Pittsburgh Penguins look for a win after winning 10 of their last 13 games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 20.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Jake Guentzel leads Pittsburgh with 14 goals, Sidney Crosby has 25 assists and Bryan Rust has 112 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 78.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Tristan Jarry has allowed 66 goals on 726 shots and Casey DeSmith has allowed 23 goals on 320 shots.
The Islanders are 5-2 in their last 7 road games and 19-7 in their last 26 overall. The Penguins are 38-15 in their last 53 home games and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The over is 4-1 in Islanders last 5 overall. The under is 7-2 in Penguins last 9 overall. The Islanders are 16-35-2 in the last 53 meetings in Pittsburgh and 1-5 in the last 6 meetings. The favorite is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The New York Islanders are a team I’ve backed a ton dating back to last season and I’ll continue to do so with the combination of defense and coaching. With that said, we’re not getting any plus money with the Islanders here, and the Penguins are playing their best hockey of the season right now and have home ice advantage. If anything, the Penguins have the value here, especially with them winning five of the seven meetings this season against the Islanders. I’ll side with the Penguins on their home ice.