Our NHL consultant will hone in on what he deems to be his best totals value on today’s board. Take the time to read this revealing preview on tonight’s game between the Penguins and Islanders.
Metropolitan Division Clash on the Island
The New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins will square off tonight in a Metropolitan Division clash at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale. The opening faceoff is slated for 7:05 PM ET. I’ll be focusing on the total in this contest for one of my NHL picks today. According to the NHL odds at BetOnline, the current posted total is 5.5.
Penguins Totals Report
The Pittsburgh Penguins are coming off a home game against Minnesota in which they saw a combined nine goals scored. It was just the second time in their last eight games in which they’ve gone over the posted total. One area that Pittsburgh would like to improve upon is their power play when facing Metropolitan Division opponents. Ironically, the Penguins have converted on a stellar 21.9% of their man advantage opportunities this season, but they’ve cashed in on only 12.5% of their chances in 15-games versus opponents from within their own division. Contrarily, their penalty killing continues to be outstanding. The Penguins have allowed opponents to be successful on just 11.6% of their power play chances this season, and haven’t allowed a power play goal by the opposition during the past five games.
Islanders Totals Report
The New York Islanders have scored three goals or more in each of their previous three games. The Islanders have gone under the total in seven of eight games this season after scoring three goals or more in each of their previous three games. Those eight contests averaged just a combined 4.1 goals per game. Jarsoslav Halak is scheduled to be in goal tonight for the Islanders. Halak has gone 10-1 in his eleven starts this season versus Metropolitan Division opponents while compiling an excellent .940 save percentage in those outings, and just three of those eleven games (27.3%) went over the total. The Islanders power play has gone a poor 2-for-18 during their past five games, and their penalty killing has been stellar during that same time by allowing just 1-goal during that same time frame.
The Islanders are coming off wins of 3-0 and 5-2 in their previous two games. The Penguins are coming off a 7-2 home win over the Minnesota Wild their last time out. The combination of these two results qualifies for an extremely profitable betting system which has passed the test of time with flying colors.
Any home team (Islanders), coming off two straight wins by three goals or more, versus an opponent (Penguins) coming off a game in which nine goals or more were scored, has seen the home team go under the total in 30 of those 37-games (81.1%) since 1996. As a matter of fact, 51.4% of those games saw a combined four goals or less being scored.
NHL Pick: Penguins and Islanders to go under the total of 5.5 at BetOnline.