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Crosby favored to score in return

His coaches and teammates expect some rink rust as former NHL MVP Sidney Crosby returns to action for the first time in almost a year.

But oddsmakers expect him to get right back into the flow and score in his season debut as the Penguins face the Islanders.

Oddsmakers at Bovada made Crosby a -140 favorite to score in tonight’s game, where the Penguins are big moneyline favorites at home. The odds on him recording at least a point are very high, at -325.

It means Crosby naysayers can pocket a hefty +250 profit if he is held pointless. That means a $100 stake returns a $250 profit, pretty interesting odds.

Check out the various Sidney Crosby prop odds for tonight’s game, courtesy of Bovada. And get the latest NHL odds, matchup reports and game previews on every game here in the Odds Shark hockey handicapping section.

(NYI vs PIT) - Will Sidney Crosby (PIT) score a goal in the game?

Yes      -140

No        +110

(NYI vs PIT) - Will Sidney Crosby (PIT) record a point in the game?

Yes      -325

No        +250

NHL 2011-2012 Regular Season - Total Games Played - Sidney Crosby (PIT)

Over      50.5

Under    50.5

NHL 2011-2012 Regular Season - Total Points - Sidney Crosby (PIT)

Over      80.5

Under   80.5

Will Sidney Crosby (PIT) win the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s Most Valuable Player?

Yes         8/1

Some Islanders (No. 30 in our NHL power rankings) vs Penguins (No. 3) trends:

New York Islanders Trends:
When playing on Monday are 6-4
Before playing New Jersey are 4-6
After playing Boston are 2-8
After a loss are 2-8

Pittsburgh Penguins Trends:
When playing on Monday are 7-3
Before playing Ottawa are 8-2
After playing Florida are 7-3
After a loss are 4-6

A few Islanders at Penguins trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of the NY Islanders last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the NY Islanders last 6 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
NY Islanders are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh
NY Islanders are 2-11 SU in their last 13 games
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against NY Islanders
Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing NY Islanders
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games when playing at home against NY Islanders