Pittsburgh Penguins vs New York Islanders Picks NHL Thursday
Our experts look at the Pittsburgh Penguins vs New York Islanders Picks for the NHL this Thursday in New York.
The NHL rolls on this week as the Pittsburgh Penguins travel to the New York Rangers on Thursday evening.
The fixture is an attractive one on paper, but which side will get the vital win?
New York Islanders Form
It has been a promising start to the season for the New York Islanders as they have only lost on three occasions.
They have won their other ten fixtures this season, and they are the only side in the NHL not to have been taken into overtime. That ensures that they have spent the least amount of time on the ice this season.
Their defensive record so far this campaign is staggering, as they have conceded only 29 goals, which is the lowest of any side in the Metropolitan Division.
They have struggled somewhat at scoring, however, as they have only scored 40, which is the fourth-lowest in the division.
New York comes into this fixture as the side in the best form in the entire NHL after winning their last nine. During this time they have beaten the Jets, Coyotes and Blue Jackets, to name a few.
Their last game saw them overcome the Sabres 1-0. They opened the scoring in the opening period through Derrick Brassard. Semyon Varlamov made 29 saves in this victory, and they will be the favourites to keep this run going when the Penguins come to town.
Pittsburgh Penguins Form
The Pittsburgh Penguins have struggled over recent weeks and will come into the game after losing their last two. They sit two places below the in-form Islanders, but will still have a realistic chance of getting a result in this fixture.
Pittsburgh have scored 51 goals so far this season, which is the second-highest in the division. However, they are also efficient in defence as they have only conceded 39 goals so far this campaign.
Their last win was a resounding 7-1 success against the Flyers, but since then they have lost their next two. Their most recent of these came against the Boston Bruins, where they were overpowered in the 6-4 defeat.
Nick Bjugstad, Dominik Kahun, John Marino and Bryan Rust scored in that defeat. Meanwhile, Tristan Jarry made 14 saves before being replaced by Matt Murray.
Pittsburgh Penguins vs New York Islanders Head-to-Head
The Penguins hold the advantage in the overall record between the sides having won on 53 occasions. The Islanders have recorded 35 victories, with seven of these coming in overtime.
Both sides have won seven times in the shootout. Pittsburgh average 3.4 goals per game in this fixture, while New York average 2.8.
New York Islanders Team News
Leo Kamarov, Jordan Eberle and Andrew Ladd will all be missing for the game.
Pittsburgh Penguins Team News
The Penguins will be without Patric Hornqvist and Justin Almeida for their trip to New York.
Pittsburgh Penguins vs New York Islanders Picks
The form of the New York Islanders makes it incredibly hard to look past another victory for them.
Ten wins on the bounce would be a remarkable achievement, and they will once against showcase their attacking and defensive prowess.
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