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Crosby Feasts When he Plays the Islanders

Scoring has been a bit of an issue for the Penguins in their opening seven games but with their captain now back in the lineup, we can expect their goals per game numbers to go up. This now-complete Pens squad will host the 3-4-0 Islanders tonight as Pittsburgh looks to regain the lead in the Metropolitan Division.

SHARK BITES
  • The total has gone UNDER in the Islanders' last 3 games against the Penguins.
  • The Islanders are 1-6 on the moneyline and puckline in their last 7 games against teams with winning records.
  • Sidney Crosby has 94 points in just 54 career games against the Islanders.

Pittsburgh is one of three teams that has played seven or more games and has 16 or fewer goals. Their 2.14 goals per game average is better than just one team in the league despite Pitty being one of the highest volume shooting teams. The addition of Crosby back into the lineup should create more movement in the offensive end and will definitely give the Penguins some better-quality chances.

The Pens were the fourth-highest scoring team in the league just a year ago and their roster is virtually identical to the one that won the 2015-16 Stanley Cup. It’s only a matter of time before Pittsburgh has an offensive explosion and it could happen tonight against an isles team that has given up 2.86 goals per game so far this season and that's on the second half of a back-to-back.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

If you're backing the visiting New York Islanders in this one, they Islanders listed earlier today as underdogs of 145 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Those over/under total betting saw the number open in the area of 5.5, depending on the book.

Odds Shark prediction models pick the Islanders to win this game 3.4-2.2. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

New York Islanders vs Pittsburgh Penguins Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

4-2-1 Pittsburgh battles the Islanders, currently with a 3-4-0 mark. The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 2-2-3 for the Penguins and 2-4-1 for the Islanders. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs New York injuries news.

According to new NHL Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, it's the No. 1-ranked Pittsburgh Penguins and the No. 28-rated New York Islanders in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Pittsburgh's No. 27-ranked offense, averaging 2.29 goals per game, against a Islanders defense that ranks No. 15 at 2.86 goals allowed. The Penguins power play is averaging 22.22% while the Islanders defense kills off 91.3% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

New York was a 3-2 loser in its last match at home against the Canadiens. They lost as favorites, while the total score of 5 made winners of PUSH bettors.

The Penguins were a 3-2 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Panthers. That made winners of bettors who got Pittsburgh at -157 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for OVER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • NY Islanders is 2-9 ATS in its last 11 games
  • NY Islanders is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of NY Islanders's last 6 games
  • NY Islanders is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • Pittsburgh is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Pittsburgh is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games
  • Pittsburgh is 2-11 ATS in its last 13 games at home
  • Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

New York home to Toronto, Sunday, October 30th
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, Saturday, October 29th

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