How To Bet The Pittsburgh vs NY Islanders Spread
On Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Penguins head to Gotham to take on the New York Islanders in NHL online betting action. The Penguins (34-23-8, 76 points) are in fourth place in the Metropolitan Division and routed the New Jersey Devils on Sunday night, 6-1. The Islanders (36-20-7, 79 points) are in third place in the Metropolitan Division and knocked off the New York Rangers in Madison Square Garden on Sunday night, 6-4.
How To Bet The Pittsburgh Penguins vs New York Islanders Spread
When: Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 7:00 PM ET
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
TV: NBCS, ROOT
Radio: WNYE 91.5 FM Radio / Islanders Radio Network
Live Stream: NHL-Stream.com
NHL Odds: TBA
Why should you put your money on the Islanders?
Obviously, going into Madison Square Garden and putting up six goals on the Rangers is a big achievement. The Rangers are a fairly stingy defense, particularly with Henrik Lundqvist in net. The Islanders have been building an improving offense, and they now rank #5 in the league with 2.9 goals per game. On the other end of the rink, the defense is #9 (2.5 goals allowed per game) and their penalty kill (#2, 86.4%) is almost airtight. They are emerging as a contender in the East and need a win to keep Pittsburgh from breathing down their necks.
Why should you bet on Pittsburgh?
Sure, six goals on the Rangers is big news, but six goals on the Devils is huge news. The Devils have the stingiest defense in the entire NHL, and the Pens dropped a six-spot on them. The talent on the Penguins’ roster is deep on offense, but they have struggled to coalesce and play strong hockey this year. If they can string together a series of games like the one they put together on Sunday, though, they could find themselves in the thick of the playoff picture.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I like the Islanders to defend their home ice and knock off the Penguins. I’m predicting a final score of New York 4, Pittsburgh 3.