Penguins vs Islanders 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs Spread & Game 2 Prediction.

Penguins vs Islanders 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs Spread & Game 2 Prediction

Written by on April 11, 2019

The Eastern Conference first-round series between the Penguins and Islanders concludes it’s opening two-game set on Long Island with Game 2 on Friday night before heading to Pittsburgh. The Islanders are slight favorites on the NHL Lines to take a 2-0 series lead.

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Why Bet on Pittsburgh?

The only overtime game on the first night of the playoffs was Pittsburgh’s 4-3 loss on Long Island. The Islanders led three times in regulation with the Penguins managing to tie it each time.

Evgeni Malkin scored a goal and an assist in the loss. Malkin’s power-play goal in the second frame tied the game, 2-2. He also registered an assist on Justin Schultz’s equalizer with 1:29 remaining in regulation. Malkin finished the night with a plus-1 rating, two penalty minutes and six shots on goal in 18:53 of ice time. Malkin missed eight games because of an upper-body injury late in the season, so he should be a little fresher now.

Phil Kessel scored a goal and an assist. Kessel scored the game-tying goal (1-1) at the 5:42 mark of the first period. He also registered an assist on Malkin’s power-play goal in the second frame. The 31-year-old finished Game 1 with a plus-1 rating, two penalty minutes and five shots on goal in 18:53 of ice time. Justin Schultz also found the back of the net.

Brian Dumoulin registered an assist — Dumoulin was questionable going into the game due to a lower-body injury. In the end, recorded four shots in 19:40 minutes of ice time in addition to his assist, though he also finished with a minus-two rating.Matt Murray allowed four goals on 33 shots. The Penguins outshot the Islanders 44 to 33, but they were never able to grab a lead in this game.

Team Stats

Offense
  • Goals: 3.33
  • Shots: 33.43
  • PP/PK Percentage: 24.68

Defense

  • Goals: 2.95
  • Shots: 33.24
  • PP/PK Percentage: 20.54

Why Bet on NY Islanders?

Bailey scored at 4:39 of the extra period to win Game 1. Mathew Barzal had brought the puck into the offensive zone on a 2-on-1 break, faked in front to draw Matt Murray out and sent the backhand shot that bounced off the left post. He was initially upset with himself at missing the opportunity before he saw Bailey come up and put it in.

Bailey, who has played each of his 820 career games with the Islanders (regular season and playoffs), scored his first career game-winning goal in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He became the first Islanders player to score an overtime goal in the postseason since John Tavares tallied 30:41 after regulation in Game 6 of the 2016 First Round to power New York to its first series win since the 1993 Division Finals (2-1 2OT W vs. FLA). Bailey finished Game 1 with a plus-1 rating and one shot on goal in 19:12 of ice time.

Penguins vs Islanders should be a close battle.

Jordan Eberle scored a goal and an assist in the win. Eberle managed to open the scoring early in the first period just over a minute after the Islanders had a goal called back because of an offside. The Isles forward also registered a primary assist on Brock Nelson’s power-play tally (2-1) later on in the frame. Eberle finished Game 1 with a plus-2 rating and five shots on goal in 16:38 of ice time.

Brock Nelson scored a power-play goal and has recorded a point in four of his last five games. He’s up to four goals and eight points in 19 career playoff contests. Valtteri Filppula registered an assist. Filppula is one of the most experienced active players in the league when it comes to the postseason. He’s scored 25 goals and 83 points in 159 career playoff games.

Making his first career playoff start just four days after securing the William M. Jennings Trophy, Robin Lehner (41 saves) became the third Islanders goaltender to make 40 or more saves in a postseason game against the Penguins. He joined Billy Smith (44 saves) in Game 2 of the 1975 Quarterfinals (3-1 L) and Glenn Healy (42 saves) in Game 7 of the 1993 Division Finals (4-3 OT W).

Team Stats

Offense
  • Goals: 2.80
  • Shots: 28.80
  • PP/PK Percentage: 14.85

Defense

  • Goals: 2.40
  • Shots: 31.06
  • PP/PK Percentage: 20.72

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Penguins vs Islanders 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 2 Betting Trends

  • Penguins are 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days’ rest
  • Penguins are 5-2 in their last 7 Friday games
  • Islanders are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference
  • Islanders are 5-2 in their last 7 home games
  • Home team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings
  • Under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in New York

Expert Final Score Prediction for Penguins vs Islanders

Pittsburgh Penguins 4 – NY Islanders 3