NHL Game Preview - Islanders underdogs vs Penguins at Pittsburgh
New York Islanders vs Pittsburgh Penguins Odds
Consol Energy Centre hosts an NHL battle between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the visiting New York Islanders on Sunday.
The Penguins sport records of 17-8 heading into this matchup, while the Islanders sit at 11-11-3 on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 16-9 for the Penguins and 15-10 for the Islanders.
Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Penguins as -205 moneyline favorites in this particular NHL matchup earlier. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 5.5 before betting started to move the line at 5Dimes.
The Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings have the Penguins at No. 3 and the Islanders at No. 8 heading into this contest.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Pittsburgh's No. 1-ranked offense (3.6 goals per game) against a Islanders defense that ranks No. 28 at 3.3 goals per game allowed. The Penguins powerplay has clicked at a 24.7% rate while the Islanders have a 81.6% rate on the penalty kill.
New York won its last outing, a 5-2 result against the Capitals on March 9. Bettors who backed the Islanders at -118 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.
The Penguins were a 5-4 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Maple Leafs. That made winners of bettors who got Pittsburgh at -153 on the moneyline, while the total score (9) was good news for OVER bettors.
New York Islanders Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 3-7
Before playing New Jersey are 3-7
After playing Washington are 4-6
After a win are 5-5
Pittsburgh Penguins Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 4-6
Before playing Ottawa are 5-5
After playing Toronto are 4-6
After a win are 7-3
A few Islanders at Penguins trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of the NY Islanders last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
NY Islanders are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the NY Islanders last 7 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
NY Islanders are 6-16 SU in their last 22 games when playing Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is 13-2 SU in their last 15 games when playing at home against NY Islanders
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
NY Islanders at Tampa Bay, Thursday, March 14
Pittsburgh home to Boston, Tuesday, March 12