New York Islanders vs Pittsburgh Penguins Hockey Betting Tips 11/19/2019
Game: New York Islanders vs Pittsburgh Penguins
Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Location: PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Islanders (+113) Penguins (-125)
PPG Paints Arena is the venue where Matt Murray and the Pittsburgh Penguins (11-7-2, 4th in the Metropolitan Division) will take on the New York Islanders (14-3-1, 2nd in the Metropolitan Division) on Tuesday. The Penguins open this game at -125 while the Islanders are coming in at +113. The O/U opens at 6. The Islanders are covering 75.0% of the time, having gone 12-4 SU. The Penguins are covering 52.6% of the time, going 10-9 straight up.
The New York Islanders head into this matchup holding a record of 14 victories and 3 losses, which is good for 2nd in the Metropolitan Division. During the year thus far, they have scored a total of 56 goals which is 12th in the conference and 24th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +14, which is good for 4th in the NHL. The Islanders have a total of 29 points, which is 3rd in the NHL and 3rd in the Eastern Conference. When discussing shots at the opposition, they have a total of 508 which is 16th in the East and 31st in the NHL. As a team, New York has compiled a total of 391 hits which means they have an average of 21.7 per contest. They have a total of 264 blocks for this season. The man in goal for New York is Semyon Varlamov from Kuybyshev, USSR. He is 31 years old and has played a total of 516 mins protecting the net this season. Varlamov is allowing an average of 2.56 goals against average which has him placed 5th in the Eastern Conference and 14th among goaltenders in the NHL. So far this season, he has given up 22 goals. He holds a save percentage of .917 which has him placed 6th in the Eastern Conference.
The New York Islanders came out of this game feeling pretty good about themselves with a 4 - 3 win against the Philadelphia Flyers in their previous game. The Islanders had a solid offensive output and it showed in this victory. In their game, they earned a goal on 4 out of the 36 shots they looked to score on. Additionally, they had 3 power play attempts and netted 1 goal out of those attempts. New York had a total of 6 penalty minutes for this matchup. The Corsi for the Islanders sat at 44 and the Corsi against was 33 which earned them a Corsi percentage of 57.1%. Their Fenwick sat at 31 and the Fenwick against sat at 25, which means they earned a rate of 55.4%. They earned 19 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 18 of all total face-offs. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 57.1% and they had a PDO of 97.8 in this game. In discussing stats from the opponent, the Philadelphia Flyers racked up 31 shots. They ended the game with 6 penalty mins and they notched 3 power play attempts.
The Penguins will be the team across the ice and for the current year they sit with 11 wins and 7 defeats. In connection with goal differential, they are sitting 2nd in the Eastern Conference and 2nd in the league with +16. They currently have a total of 66 goals for the year which is good for 7th in the East. Pittsburgh has a save % as a team of .913 which has them ranked 7th in the league, meaning scoring opportunities may be scarce. They are shooting 9.5% ranking them 10th in the Eastern Conference. In net for Pittsburgh is Matt Murray who is having a marginal season by surrendering 2.37 goals against average and that has him 3rd in the Eastern Conference and 6th among goalies in the NHL. In the 937 mins he has played this season, he has allowed 37 goals. He's earned a save % of .913, which has him ranking 8th in the Eastern Conference and 23rd among goalies in the NHL.
The Pittsburgh Penguins went up against the Toronto Maple Leafs in a game where the Penguins ended up with the victory by a final score of 6 - 1. In this matchup, Pittsburgh went home with a 39.3% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 33 and the team opposite of them having a Corsi of 51. Their Fenwick percentage was 45.5% by notching a Fenwick of 30 and the Maple Leafs earning a 36 Fenwick. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Pittsburgh played and it tells us that they played really well in this game. Their PDO at even strength was 111.2 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 53.6%. The Penguins scored 6 goals out of the 38 shots on goal they tried. They had 1 power play opportunity in this one and were able to net 1 on that attempt. On the other side of the ice, the Maple Leafs had 2 power play chances but weren't able to put the puck in the net. Pittsburgh gave way to 33 shots on goal and the Maple Leafs earned a total of 2 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Pittsburgh (-125)
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