Pittsburgh Penguins vs New York Islanders NHL Point Spread Picks 11/21/2019
Game: Pittsburgh Penguins vs New York Islanders
Date: Thursday, November 21, 2019
Location: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Penguins (+122) Islanders (-135)
Semyon Varlamov and the New York Islanders (15-3-1, 2nd in the Metropolitan Division) play the Pittsburgh Penguins (11-7-3, 4th in the Metropolitan Division) at Barclays Center on Thursday, November 21, 2019. The moneyline on this game has the Penguins priced at +122 and the Islanders are at -135. The over/under is set at 5.5. The Penguins cover 50.0% of the time, having gone 10-10 SU. New York covers 76.5% of the time, going 13-4 straight up.
The Pittsburgh Penguins step onto the ice with a record of 11 victories and 7 losses, which puts them at 4th in the Metropolitan Division. So far this year, they have converted a total of 70 goals which ranks 7th in the conference and 10th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +15, which puts them at 3rd in the NHL. The Penguins currently have a total of 25 points, which ranks 13th in the NHL and 7th in the conference. When looking at shots toward the net, they currently have a total of 726 which ranks 3rd in the conference and 7th in the NHL. As a group, Pittsburgh has a total of 481 hits which has them averaging 22.9 per game. They currently have a total of 206 blocks for this year. Protecting the goal for Pittsburgh is Matt Murray from Surrey, British Columbia. He is 25 years old and has totaled 1,000 minutes minding the net for the campaign. Murray is surrendering 2.52 GAA which has him ranked 3rd among East goaltenders and 10th among goalies in the NHL. Over the course of this year, he has allowed 42 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .910 which has him ranked 9th among East goaltenders.
The Pittsburgh Penguins were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with a 5 - 4 loss against the New York Islanders their last time out. The Penguins had a impressive offensive outing in the defeat. In this game, they netted 4 of the 31 shots they put on goal. Moreover, they had 4 power play attempts and were able to score 2 goals out of those attempts. Pittsburgh ended up with a total of 6 penalty minutes in this outing. The Corsi for the Penguins was 33 and the Corsi against was 47 which earned them a Corsi percentage of 41.3%. Their Fenwick was 20 and the Fenwick against was 37, telling us they have a Fenwick percentage of 35.1%. They earned 22 face-off wins and lost 32 tries to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts came in at 62.1% and they had a PDO at even strength of 95.6 for this one. In discussing stats from the opponent, the New York Islanders tallied 42 shots. They ended the game with 8 penalty mins and they notched 3 power play attempts.
The Islanders will be the team across the ice and for the year they sit with 15 victories and 3 defeats. In discussing goal differential, they sit 4th in the East and 4th in the NHL with +15. They currently have a total of 61 goals for the season which ranks 9th in the East. New York has a team save % of .924 which currently has them ranked 3rd in the NHL, which means chances to score may be limited. They have a team shooting percentage of 11.1% ranking them 5th in the East. In net for New York is Semyon Varlamov who is having a marginal campaign by giving up 2.70 goals per game and that ranks him 6th among East goaltenders and 15th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 577 minutes he has played this season, he's given up 26 goals. He's earned a save % of .912, which puts him at 6th among East goaltenders and 20th among goaltenders in the NHL.
The New York Islanders squared up with the Pittsburgh Penguins in a game where the Islanders got the win by a score of 5 - 4. In their game, New York had a 58.8% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 47 and their opponent having a Corsi of 33. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 64.9% by notching a Fenwick of 37 and the Penguins finishing with a 20 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that New York played and it was an excellent showing for this outing. They had a PDO of 104.4 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 37.9%. The Islanders notched 5 goals out of the 42 shots on goal they tried. They had 3 power play opportunities in this game but didn't score a goal. As for their opponent, the Penguins had 4 power play chances and took advantage of the situation by scoring 2 goals. New York gave way to 31 shots on goal and the Penguins had 6 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Pittsburgh (+122)
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