The year’s online NHL betting playoff action is just kicking off. Sportsbook fans looking for a fun contest to wager on should check out this Wednesday’s Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Islanders matchup. The Guins didn’t have the strongest finish to the season but are eager to blow the door off the playoffs. The Islanders on the other hand, looked pretty good in the final run of the regular season and are vying to pick up right where they left off. So where does the value lie in this playoff contest?
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Islanders – Wednesday, April 10th
When: 7:30 pm ET
Where: Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York
Stream: NBC Extra, NHL TV
Online NBA Betting Odds:
|Penguins||+1½ (-275)||5½ (+105)||-105|
|Islanders||-1½ (+235)||5½ (-125)||-115|
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) April 5, 2019
The Penguins finished the regular season with a 3-3 record in their final 6 games of the regular season. All in all, Pittsburgh had an up and down run all season long. With that in mind, that lackluster finish shouldn’t come as a massive shock. Nevertheless, it’s still not the look you want to bring into the playoffs. Fortunately for the Guins, they just happen to be 5-3-2 in their last 10 matchups against the Islanders. Furthermore, Pittsburgh has gotten the best of New York as of late, seeing as how they’re 2-0-1 in their last 3 versus the Islanders. Notwithstanding that history, the online NHL betting odds are having a tough time picking a favorite here. So should fans stick with Pittsburgh here?
All things considered, there’s plenty of reason to side with the Penguins. While they do come in with the better offense (they’re scoring 3.30 per game while New York is delivering 2.72), they are at a substantial disadvantage on defense. This is because New York finished the regular season with the best defense in the league while Pittsburgh ranks 14th in the same department.
Players to Watch: Sidney Crosby (35 G, 65 A, 100 PTS.), Phil Kessel (27 G, 55 A, 82 PTS.), and Jake Guentzel (40 G, 36 A, 76 PTS.).
New York Islanders
The Islanders turned in a 48-27-7 record this season to finish 2nd overall in the Metropolitan Division. Having beat out Pittsburgh for the No. 2 spot in the division, New York should feel pretty good about their chances at home. As aforementioned, New York’s advantage lies on the defensive side of things. However, that hasn’t helped them out too much as of late against Pittsburgh. In their last 3 matchups, Pittsburgh is averaging 3.33 goals per game while New York is sitting at 2.00. Fortunately New York has the home crowd behind them this evening. All in all, this should tilt the tables in their favor.
Players to Watch: Matthew Barzal (18 G, 44 A, 62 PTS.), Josh Bailey (16 G, 40 A, 56 PTS.), and Brock Nelson (25 G, 28 A, 53 PTS.).
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Islanders Betting Predictions
- The TOTAL has gone UNDER in 7 of Pittsburgh’s last 8 games when playing on the road against NY Islanders
- Pittsburgh is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against NY Islanders
- Pittsburgh is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
- The TOTAL has gone UNDER in 5 of NY Islanders’ last 7 games when playing Pittsburgh
- NY Islanders is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home
- NY Islanders is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Islanders Betting Picks
So which side should mobile betting fans take in this Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Islanders matchup? All things considered, taking the Islanders at home is probably your best bet here. At the end of the day, they have the better defense and will be at home here. Sign up today to make your online betting prediction!
Score Prediction: 2-1 New York.