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Pittsburgh Penguins vs New York Islanders 02/28/2021 NHL Analysis, Results and Hockey Betting

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Pittsburgh Penguins vs New York Islanders 02-28-2021 NHL Analysis Results and Hockey Betting

Pittsburgh Penguins vs New York Islanders 02/28/2021 – An encore is about to ensue on Sunday as the New York Islanders take on the Pittsburgh Penguins anew following an intense 4-3 overtime encounter that favored the latter on Saturday. It has been nearly all Penguins in the head-to-head battles between both teams this season. For this month alone, the Penguins have prevailed in all but one of the faceoffs they had against their rivals. Amidst the seemingly one-sided affair, the home team, however, has maintained the leverage they had in the East Division standings where they sit at third spot with 24 points. With the overall numbers still in their favor, the top online bet on sports website predicts an impending bounce back from the Islanders in the second game. The match will begin at 05:00 PM Eastern Time with New York tagged as favorites at -125 while the Penguins are offered at +105.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs New York Islanders 02/28/2021

When: Sunday, February 28, 5:00 PM ET

Where: Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York

TV: ESPN+

Stream: NHL.TV

Pittsburgh Penguins vs New York Islanders 02/28/2021 Betting Odds:

Team PUCKLINE TOTAL ML
Pittsburgh Penguins -4 (-120) 45 o (-120) -120
New York Islanders +4 (+100) 45 u (+100) +100
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Pittsburgh Penguins

Winning on the road has been a challenge for the Penguins so far this season – but playing the Islanders in New York seems to be an exception. Of their four total wins in 11 away games, two came at the expense of the Islanders. Overall, the Pittsburgh Penguins have bossed around New York four straight times since falling in their first showdown on Feb. 6 when the latter scored a 4-3 squeaker. Now, they have the chance to cap off the month-long series with a statement fifth consecutive head-to-head victory. Likewise, one interesting factor that could be attributed to Saturday’s finish is the Penguins’ knack of instantly shifting gears on matches that go on OT. For matches decided after regulation, the team has recorded an impressive 7-1 record, which could be very crucial especially in a very tight race in the East.   

Players to watch: J. Guentzel LW (G 7, A 9, PTS 16), S. Crosby C (G 6, A 10, PTS 16), B. Rust RW (G 6, A 9, PTS 15).

New York Islanders

The Islanders are looking to score a revenge win after they fell short in the first game of a back-to-back against the Islanders in New York. Based on the virtual series tally, one could conclude that the Penguins have downright dominated the Islanders. But New York would perhaps argue that the matchup record is not indicative of how they’ve actually fared against their division rivals. After all, three of their five games have resulted in one-point escape wins, including the 4-3 victory for the Islanders in the first game. But if there is one specific thing that the team has to address heading into Sunday’s game, it’s their ability to close out games. The story of the series would have been entirely different if the Islanders had not surrendered a handful of third-period leads to the Penguins – something that has left Brock Nelson baffled. The Islanders center, who opened the scoring in the first period of the last game, criticized his team’s failure to capitalize on the advantages they had, saying that “they had to find a way” in making sure that the W is in their bag. Fortunately, the chance for revenge is immediately served on Sunday, and New York just has to take advantage of it. 

Players to watch: M. Barzal C (G 7, A 10, PTS 17), A. Lee C (G 9, A 4, PTS 13), J. Eberle RW (G 8, A 4, PTS 12).

 

Pittsburgh Penguins vs New York Islanders Betting Predictions

Trends

Penguins

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 6 games.
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games.
Penguins are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games against NY Islanders.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games on the road.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games when playing on the road against NY Islanders.

Islanders

The total has gone OVER in 6 of NY Islanders’ last 8 games against Pittsburgh.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of NY Islanders’ last 6 games at home.
New York is 13-6 SU in their last 19 games played on a Sunday.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of NY Islanders’ last 5 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh.
NY Islanders are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing as the favorite.

Penguins vs Islanders Betting Picks

Four is enough. The Islanders will finally find the solution to the puzzle that is the Penguins’ late-game outbursts. Sunday’s battle will still be a back-and-forth offensive action, but this time, New York will make sure that a collapse in the final period is out already of the picture. Expect both teams to come out aggressive right off the bat with some intense physicality to be involved. For a playoff-like atmosphere such as this, back the Islanders in this nhl betting odds and picks episode to thrive under the bright lights and expect to become the last team standing inside their home arena.  

Score Prediction: Penguins 5, Islanders 7.