The Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders do battle tonight to wrap up a quick two-game set.
Let’s take a look at this East Division tilt in our Islanders vs. Penguins betting preview with odds, picks and predictions.
Islanders vs. Penguins Betting Pick (March 29, 2021)
The Penguins put forth a dominant performance on Saturday, soundly beating the Islanders by a 6-3 final. The Penguins scored the first five goals, spearheaded by Bryan Rust, who ended the night with a empty-net goal for his first hat trick since last March in a game against the Ottawa Senators.
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Forwards Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel, along with defenseman Kris Letang each recorded two assists. Goalie Tristan Jarry made 29 saves on 32 shots to for his eighth win in his last 11 starts.
With the victory, the Penguins are just two points behind New York for the second spot in the East Division, a spot which determines home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
Islanders vs. Penguins Odds
Here are the lines for Islanders vs. Penguins at DraftKings Sportsbook:
Spread: Penguins (-1.5 +235); Islanders (+1.5 -286)
Moneyline: Penguins (-108); Islanders (-108)
Over/Under: Over 5.5 (-103)/Under 5.5 (-120)
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Bets We Like With a Penguins Win
Evan Rodrigues to Score a Goal Anytime (+320, DraftKings)
The 27-year-old forward has two goals in his last three games, with an active 12 shots on goal during. The speedy utility forward has utilized that very skill to jump into the rush on strong offensive zone entries, which has given him some great scoring chances. I look for him to continue his hot run with another goal this evening.
Bets We Like With an Islanders Win
Jordan Eberle to Score a Goal Anytime (+245, BetMGM)
The 30-year-old veteran picked up his 11th goal of the season on Saturday as the Islanders were attempting a rally after falling behind by five goals.
Eberle is one of the forwards on this club who will need to turn up his game offensively in the absence of Anders Lee, who is out for the year with a torn ACL. Eberle has played well against the Penguins throughout his career, with 12 goals and five assists in 27 career regular season contests.
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Bets We Like Independent of Outcome
First Period OVER 1.5 Goals (-109, DraftKings)
The Islanders hold the second-best percentage in the league when it comes to cashing first period overs with a 20-15 overall record (57.14%). This record includes a recent run of hitting the over in 6 of their last 10 games.
I like this price for tonight’s total in the opening frame, especially when matched up against a hot offense such as the Penguins. Look for goals early and often in this contest tonight.
Islanders vs. Penguins Prediction
New York will most certainly have revenge on its mind after getting blown out on Saturday, but this Penguins team is a hard one to fade right now. I like the Penguins to pull even with the Islanders in the standings following a 4-2 victory tonight.
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