NHL Playoffs Betting Preview: New York Islanders vs. Pittsburgh Penguins – Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
Where: PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
When: Tuesday April 16th at 7:30 PM ET
Money Line: Pittsburgh -170
BookMaker has the Pittsburgh Penguins listed as -170 money line favorites over the New York Islanders. The Pittsburgh Penguins enter this game with a record of 44-28-13 and have lost four of their last five games including four losses in a row and have lost the first three games of the series.
The New York Islanders enter this game with a record of 51-27-7 and have won five games in a row including the first three games of the series against the Penguins. Let’s take a closer look at these two teams and we’ll start with the underdog New York Islanders.
New York Islanders
The Islanders are 51-27-7 overall and 24-14-3 on the road. The New York Islanders will be going for the series sweep in the game on Tuesday and will be looking to advance to the conference semifinals. New York is 51-27-7 overall, 24-14-3 on the road and 23-16-3 as an underdog.
Jordan Eberle leads the team in points and goals with 5 points and 3 goals. Mathew Barzal leads the team in assists with 4. Robin Lehner is 3-0 with a .951 save % and is allowing 1.62 goals per game in the playoffs.
New York is averaging 2.81 goals per game which ranks 21st in the NHL. They are averaging 28.94 shots per game which ranks 29th in the NHL. They are averaging 0.41 power play goals per game which ranks 29th in the NHL. They are averaging 2.79 power play chances per game which ranks 21st in the NHL.
The Islanders are allowing an average of 2.36 goals per game which ranks 1st in the NHL.
The Penguins are 44-28-13 overall and 23-14-4 at home. The door for the championship with this core group of players for the Penguins looks like it’s starting to come to a close, but I don’t expect them to go away quietly in this series. Pittsburgh is 44-28-13 overall, 23-14-4 at home and 36-21-12 as a favorite.
Evgeni Malkin and Justin Schultz are tied for the team lead in points and assists with 3 points apiece and 2 assists apiece. Evgeni Malkin, Justin Schultz, Phil Kessel, Erik Gudbranson and Garrett Wilson are tied for the team lead in goals with 1 apiece.
Pittsburgh is averaging 3.27 goals per game which ranks 8th in the NHL. They are averaging 33.34 shots per game which ranks 4th in the NHL. They are averaging 0.67 power play goals per game which is tied for 7th in the NHL. They are averaging 2.78 power play chances per game which ranks 22nd in the NHL.
The Penguins are allowing 2.96 goals per game which ranks 14th in the NHL.
Pittsburgh gets swept with a loss
The Islanders are one of the best teams in the NHL and will be looking for the series sweep against the Penguins in this game. New York is 6-2-2 in their last ten match-ups with Pittsburgh while outscoring the Penguins by an average of 2.9 to 2.6 in those games.
The Islanders are 3-0 in their last three meetings with the Penguins while outscoring Pittsburgh by an average of 3.67 to 1.67 in those contests. I look for those trends to continue with an Islanders win over the Penguins in this game and complete the sweep against Pittsburgh. Make sure to bet this match-up on BookMaker.