NHL Friday Picks: Islanders vs. Penguins

Ross Benjamin

Friday, November 22, 2013 2:23 PM GMT

Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 2:23 PM GMT

The Pittsburgh Penguins host the New York Islanders on Friday at the Consol Energy Center. Find out where we've decided to place our money for our free NHL picks.

According to NHL betting odds Pittsburgh is a -210 money line home favorite and the posted total is 5.5. This is a rematch of last season’s Eastern Conference Quarterfinal playoff series won by the Penguins in 6 hard fought games. These two clubs have seen 5 of their last 6 meetings go over the total. The Penguins have won 23 of their last 29 games at home versus the Islanders. However, in their only head-to-head battle this season the Islanders were a 4-3 road winner.

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Lost on the Island

Expectations entering the season were very high for the Islanders organization. After qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season, they were expected to take another huge step forward in 2013-2014. They very well may, but the start to the season has been a very disappointing one. Tonight’s game will be the 2nd of a 3-game road trip that will conclude tomorrow night in Philadelphia. They opened the trip with a 5-2 loss at Toronto on Tuesday. They enter tonight having dropped 6 of their last 8-games. They’ve allowed 4-goals or more in 5 of those 8-games. That’s of no surprise considering the Islanders are 28th in the NHL allowing 3.2 goals per game.

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Fleury Silencing the Critics

The Penguins are coming off a pair of impressive wins over Anaheim and Washington. A common theme in the Penguins wins this season has been the stellar play of goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. In the most recent two wins Fleury stopped 45 of 46 shots on goal. Fleury is now 13-6 this season with a 1.90 GAA and a .924 save percentage. The Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby continues to lead the NHL in scoring with 28-points.

NHL Totals Super Angle

Any team revenging a same season loss as a favorite, and is coming off a road shutout win, has seen 50 of those 71-games (70.4%) go under the total since the beginning of the 1996-1997 year. Take the UNDER for your NHL picks.

NHL Pick: Islanders/Penguins to go under the total of 5.5

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