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Penguins, Islanders meet for Game 6

The Pittsburgh Penguins can close out their first-round NHL playoff series against the New York Islanders on Saturday night as those teams do battle in Game 6 of the best-of-seven set.

Pittsburgh took a 3-2 series lead in Game 5 on Thursday night with a 4-0 home victory as a -230 favorite on the NHL betting lines at the sportsbooks. Tomas Vokoun made 31 saves for the Penguins in that win, and Sidney Crosby had two points.

Supporters of the Penguins have seen them go 36-12 so far this season, while the Islanders are at 24-17-7. In totals betting, the Islanders are 26-21-1, while the Penguins are 23-24-1.

View Pittsburgh vs NY Islanders Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with the Islanders in this one found them earlier as +153 underdogs on the NHL money line at 5Dimes. Betting the over under instead? It was hovering near 6 at its open earlier today at BetOnline and may have moved.

Power Rankings:
It's a hockey betting matchup between the No. 12-rated Islanders and the No. 2-ranked Penguins, according to the latest NHL power poll here at Odds Shark.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up New York's No. 8-ranked offense (2.9 goals per game) against a Penguins defense that ranks No. 10 at 2.5 goals per game allowed. The Islanders powerplay has clicked at a 19.9% rate while the Penguins have a 79.6% rate on the penalty kill.

In their last action, New York was a 4-0 loser on the road against the Penguins. Bettors on Pittsburgh at -230 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

Pittsburgh Penguins Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Ottawa are 5-5
After playing NY Islanders are 7-3
After a win are 7-3

New York Islanders Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing New Jersey are 4-6
After playing Pittsburgh are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4

A few Penguins at Islanders trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games when playing on the road against NY Islanders
Pittsburgh is 11-3 SU in its last 14 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 7-2 SU in their last 9 games when playing NY Islanders
Pittsburgh is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of the NY Islanders last 6 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
NY Islanders are 6-2 SU in their last 8 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of the NY Islanders last 7 games at home
NY Islanders are 2-6 SU in their last 8 games

Next up:
Pittsburgh home to NY Islanders, Sunday, May 12