Pittsburgh Penguins vs New York Islanders NHL Point Spread Picks 11/7/2019
Thursday, November 7, 2019
Matt Murray and the Pittsburgh Penguins (8-6-1, 4th in the Metropolitan Division) go to Barclays Center on Thursday where they'll meet the New York Islanders (11-3-0, 2nd in the Metropolitan Division). The Islanders open this contest at -131 while the Penguins are coming in at +119. The total has been set at 6. The Penguins are covering 53.3% of the time, having gone 8-7 SU. The Islanders are covering 76.9% of the time, going 10-3 straight up.
The Pittsburgh Penguins come into the game holding a record of 8 victories and 6 defeats, which puts them at 4th in the Metropolitan Division. So far this year, they have earned a total of 51 goals which is good for 5th in the Eastern Conference and 7th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +12, which puts them at 6th in the NHL. The Penguins have compiled a total of 17 points, which is good for 18th in the NHL and 9th in the East. In the matter of shots toward the net, they have compiled a total of 516 which is good for 1st in the East and 5th in the NHL. As a team, Pittsburgh has a total of 341 hits which means they are averaging 22.7 per contest. They have compiled a total of 144 blocks for the year. Looking after the net for Pittsburgh is Matt Murray from Surrey, British Columbia. He is 25 years old and has totaled 688 minutes defending the goal for the year. Murray is giving up 2.36 goals against average which has him placed 5th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 11th in the NHL among goalies. Over the course of this year, he has surrendered 27 goals. He holds a save percentage of .917 which has him placed 6th among Eastern Conference goaltenders.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will be looking to get a win in their next outing after their 6 - 4 defeat to the Boston Bruins their last time out. The Penguins had a good offensive performance in this loss. In this matchup, they earned a goal on 4 of the 44 shots they put on goal. They also had 1 power play attempt but weren't able to notch a goal in these power play chances. Pittsburgh ended up with 8 penalty minutes for this matchup. The Corsi for the Penguins sat at 46 and the Corsi against was 30 telling us they have a Corsi percentage of 60.5%. Their Fenwick was 36 and the Fenwick against at even strength sat at 26, meaning they had a rate of 58.1%. They earned 26 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 18 of all total face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 76.4% and they had a PDO of 81.3 in this game. When it comes to their opponent, the Boston Bruins racked up 26 shots. They finished with 4 penalty minutes and they had 3 power play attempts.
The Islanders will be on the other side of the ice and for the season they have 11 wins and 3 losses. With regard to goal differential, they are ranked 3rd in the conference and 5th in the league with +13. They have earned a total of 43 goals for the season which ranks 11th in the East. New York has a team save % of .931 which currently has them sitting 1st in the league, which means chances to score may be limited. They are shooting 11.2% putting them at 3rd in the East. In goal for New York is Semyon Varlamov who is having an average campaign by surrendering 2.14 goals against average and that places him 4th among Eastern Conference goalies and 7th among goalies in the NHL. In the 392 mins he has played, he has allowed 14 goals. He holds a save percentage of .929, which has him sitting 3rd among Eastern Conference goalies and 7th among goalies in the NHL.
The New York Islanders faced off against the Ottawa Senators in a game where the Islanders ended up with the win by a tally of 4 - 1. For this game, New York wound up with a 60.8% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 45 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 29. Their Fenwick percentage was 58.5% by way of having a Fenwick of 31 and the Senators having earned a 22 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game New York had and it was a good performance overall. They had a PDO at even strength of 113.0 and their percentage of oZS was 60.0%. The Islanders netted 4 goals out of the 32 shots on goal they attempted. They had 2 power play attempts in this one but were not able to net one. Regarding their opponent, the Senators had 4 power play opportunities but were not able to score a goal. New York gave up 28 shots on goal and the Senators ended up with 4 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Pittsburgh (+119)
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