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NHL Weekend Odds: Isles visit the Wings

The New York Islanders will be looking to keep pace with the division-leading Pittsburgh Penguins when they travel to Detroit on Friday night to take on the Red Wings as slim 6/5 underdogs in NHL betting action at the sportsbooks.

The Islanders enter the weekend solidly in control of second place in the Metropolitan Division with 42 points in their first 31 games. New York posted a pair of SU wins this week, topping the Chicago Blackhawks and New Jersey Devils to end a three-game losing streak during which they gave up a whopping 17 goals.

With the two wins this week, the Isles improved their home record to an Eastern Conference-best 12-3-0 while giving yet another boost to their steadily rising Stanley Cup odds, which now sit at a solid 16/1 in NHL futures betting at Bovada.

The club returns to Long Island on Saturday for a matchup with the Tampa Bay Lightning.  After jumping out to an early lead in the Atlantic Division, the Lightning have struggled of late, with just three wins in their last eight games. The Bolts are also just 1-3 SU in their last four road contests, surrendering 5.3 goals per game in the losses and pushing the goal total OVER in each outing.

Despite their recent struggles, Tampa Bay trails only Pittsburgh with odds of 9/2 to win the Eastern Conference in NHL futures betting at Bovada, and has maintained strong Stanley Cup odds of 12/1.

The Penguins, perched as 7/2 Eastern Conference favorites in NHL betting at Bovada, follow up their Thursday night home meeting with the struggling Colorado Avalanche with a Saturday matchup against the surging Florida Panthers.

Pittsburgh has been struck by a virus that had sidelined captain Sidney Crosby until Thursday, but remains neck-and-neck with the Lightning in the battle for top spot in the Eastern Conference standings heading into Saturday’s Panthers vs. Penguins matchup at Consol Energy Centre.

The surprising Panthers picked up points in 13 of 17 games coming into this week and find themselves in the thick of the playoff hunt in the Eastern Conference. But despite a fast start during which they surrendered the fifth-fewest goals in the NHL, Florida’s Stanley Cup odds remain unchanged at 75/1 in NHL futures betting at Bovada.