Crosby, Penguins host the Islanders
Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins have won seven of their 10 most recent games against the New York Islanders as those two teams meet in NHL betting action on Friday night.
The Islanders, however, won the first meeting of the season between the teams back on October 25, pulling out a 4-3 victory as a road underdog on that day. The OVER/UNDER has gone 6-3-1 for totals bettors in their last 10 meetings.
The Penguins sit at 13-8-0 on the season; in comparison, the Islanders are currently 8-11-3. Looking to wager on the totals? Pittsburgh is 7-13-1 OU, and New York is 13-8-1 OU.
According to new NHL Power Rankings here, it's the No. 5-ranked Penguins and the No. 14-rated Islanders in this matchup.
New York lost its last outing, a 5-2 result against the Maple Leafs on November 19. Bettors who backed the Maple Leafs at -135 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Pittsburgh's No. 11-ranked offense (2.86 goals per game) against a Islanders defense that ranks No. 28 at 3.32 goals per game allowed. The Penguins powerplay has clicked at a 20.51% rate while the Islanders have a 71.64% rate on the penalty kill.
A few Islanders at Penguins trends to consider:
NY Islanders is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of NY Islanders's last 6 games
NY Islanders is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of NY Islanders's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games at home
Pittsburgh is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing NY Islanders
New York at Philadelphia, Saturday, November 23rd
Pittsburgh at Montreal, Saturday, November 23rd