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Islanders tied with favored Pens

The Pittsburgh Penguins were the favorites on the Stanley Cup odds heading into the NHL playoffs, but they're tied 2-2 with the New York Islanders with Game 5 on tap for Thursday night.

The Islanders are coming off a 6-4 home victory as a +138 underdog on the NHL odds in Game 4 of the first-round series on Tuesday night, with Mark Streit scoring twice for New York in that win. John Tavares had the winner for the Isles in the third period.

The Islanders will look to vanquish their hosts on Thursday, as they are 24-17-7 this season, while the Penguins are 36-12. New York is 26-21-1 against the total, while Pittsburgh is 23-24-1 versus the number.

View NY Islanders vs Pittsburgh Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening NHL line for this matchup, Pittsburgh sat as -215 favorites over at BetOnline. The total was set at 6 at 5Dimes but may move closer to puck drop.

Power Rankings:
The Penguins sit at No. 2 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Islanders sit at a No. 12 on the same chart.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Pittsburgh's No. 1-ranked offense (3.4 goals per game) against a Islanders defense that ranks No. 20 at 2.9 goals per game allowed. The Penguins powerplay has clicked at a 24.7% rate while the Islanders have a 80.3% rate on the penalty kill.

In their last action, Pittsburgh was a 6-4 loser on the road against the Islanders. Bettors on New York at +138 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (10) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

New York Islanders Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
Before playing New Jersey are 4-6
After playing Pittsburgh are 7-3
After a win are 5-5

Pittsburgh Penguins Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Ottawa are 5-5
After playing NY Islanders are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4

A few Islanders at Penguins trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 7 of the NY Islanders last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of the NY Islanders last 12 games when playing Pittsburgh
NY Islanders are 2-5 SU in their last 7 games
NY Islanders are 2-6 SU in their last 8 games when playing Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is 16-3 SU in its last 19 games at home
Pittsburgh is 16-3 SU in their last 19 games when playing at home against NY Islanders
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games at home

Next up:
NY Islanders home to Pittsburgh, Saturday, May 11