NHL Picks: Penguins vs. Islanders

Ross Benjamin

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 1:09 PM GMT

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 1:09 PM GMT

The Islanders host the Penguins on Tuesday at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. Have the sportsbooks left any value for those of us looking to place our money on this matchup?

According to NHL betting odds the Penguins are a -155 money line road favorite and the posted total is 5.5. These two clubs have seen just 1 of their last 7 meetings go under the total. Pittsburgh has won 35 of the 51-games between these two teams.

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Long Island Iced Team

The Islanders are suffering through a miserable stretch that seen them lose their last 6, and 11 of their last 13-games. In addition they’ve scored 2-goals or less in 11 of those last 13-games. This is the final game of a 4-games home stand for the Isles that seen them lose the first 3, and get outscored by a combined 11-4. The Islanders have also gone under the total in the first 3-games of this current home stand. Going into tonight’s contest they’re allowing an average of 3.4 goals per game which ranks next to last in the NHL. Their special teams play is amongst the worst in the NHL with a combined 88.5% efficiency rate. They’re penalty killing unit is dead last in the NHL, allowing opponents to convert on 27.8% of their power play chances. It doesn’t get any easier after tonight, when they embark on a 5-game in 8-day road trip, versus opponents with a combined record of 85-48 on the season.

 

Powerful Penguins

Pittsburgh enters tonight with the top power play in the NHL converting on a robust 25.3% of their chances this season. Their special teams as a whole ranks amongst the best in the NHL with a stellar 110.5% efficiency rating. The Penguins enter tonight having won 3 in a row, and outscored those 3 opponents by a combined 14-6. The Penguins star Sidney Crosby leads the NHL in scoring with 36-points, and teammate Evgeni Malkin is second with 35. The Penguins are currently in 1st place in the Metropolitan Division, 7 points ahead of the 2nd place Washington Capitals, and are 2nd overall in the Eastern Conference, just 1-point behind the Boston Bruins. I recommend the readers back the Penguins for their NHL picks.

NHL Pick: Penguins -155 over the Islanders

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