Islanders vs Penguins NHL Odds & Betting Analysis

Islanders vs Penguins NHL Odds & Betting Analysis

Written by on December 6, 2018

The New York Islanders face the Pittsburgh Penguins in a big matchup on Tuesday, Dec. 6. The Islanders are only about 2 games ahead of the Penguins in the Metropolitan Standings. Pittsburgh hosts New York with a chance to close the gap not only on NYI, but also on Metro leading Washington. Will the Pens get it done?

Islanders vs Penguins NHL Odds & Betting Analysis

  • When: Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7:00 pm ET
  • Where: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
  • TV: ESPN+
  • Radio: New York / Pittsburgh
  • Live Stream: NHL.tv
  • Moneyline Odds: Pittsburgh -200
  • Over/Under Total Odds: 6.5 (-110)
  • Puck Line Odds: Pittsburgh -1 ½ +135

Why New York Islanders are a good bet +170?

In the last battle between these two back on Nov. 1, the New York Islanders beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 in a shootout. Although the Islanders haven’t been great lately, going 1-3 in their last 4, they can easily turn that around.

NYI leans on a defense that ranks 10th in NHL in goals allowed per. The Islanders kill penalties 78% of the time. They’ve also provided 2 shutouts this season, which ranks 10th.

Team Statistics

Offense:
  • Goals For: 2.9
  • Shots For: 28.2
  • Power Plays: 15%
  • Face-Offs: 47.5%
Defense:
  • Goals Against: 2.8
  • Shots Against: 32.4
  • Penalty Kills: 78%
  • Shutouts: 2

Why Pittsburgh Penguins are a good bet -200?

Are the Penguins a safe bet on Thursday night?

Unlike the Islanders, the Penguins lean on an on offense that ranks 9th in goals, 3.4, 9th in shots, 32.7, and 8th in power plays, 24.7. They also win 49.9% of their face-offs.

The Pens head into this matchup off a game where they obliterated the Colorado Rockies 6-3. After the game against the Islanders, the Penguins have a 3 match road trip. They know they must nail down a win tonight because in the NHL it’s tough to win on the road.

Team Statistics

Offense:
  • Goals For: 3.4
  • Shots For: 32.7
  • Power Plays: 24.7%
  • Face-Offs: 49.9%
Defense:
  • Goals Against: 3.3
  • Shots Against: 32.7
  • Penalty Kills: 82.7%
  • Shutouts: 3

NHL Betting Trends for Islanders vs Penguins

  • NY Islanders are 4-2 ATS in the last 6 games
  • NY Islanders are 1-4 SU in the last 5 games on the road
  • The total went UNDER in 5 of the NY Islanders’s last 5 games
  • Pittsburgh is 6-13 ATS in the last 19 games at home
  • Pittsburgh is 5-12 SU in the last 17 games
  • The total went UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games when playing NY Islanders

Islanders vs Penguins Final NHL Betting Analysis

The Islanders are the colder team, but the odds don’t correctly reflect Pittsburgh’s chances of winning this match. One game does not make a streak, and just because the Pens were impressive in the win over Colorado, it doesn’t mean they can carry that over versus NYI.

New York has one of the better blue lines in the league. The tough defense should frustrate Pittsburgh, causing them to take more chances on offense than they should. When that happens, NYI will capitalize. They’re worth a shot at the overlaid odds.

NHL Betting Pick: New York Islanders
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