New York Islanders vs Pittsburgh Penguins Prediction, 5/18/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York Islanders vs Pittsburgh Penguins
Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Location: PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Islanders (+115) Penguins (-135)
Tristan Jarry and the Pittsburgh Penguins (37-16-3) play the New York Islanders (32-17-7) at PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday in Game 2 of their series. The Islanders lead the series 1-0. The Penguins open this matchup at -135 while the Islanders are coming in at +115. The total is set at 5.5.
The Islanders had a good night with a 4-3 win over the Penguins in Game 1. The Corsi for the Islanders was sitting at 55 and the Corsi against at the end of this game was 58 meaning they had a Corsi rate of 48.7%. Their starts in the offensive zone were at 47.4% and they had a PDO of 103.1 for this one. New York compiled 4 penalty minutes for this matchup. The Islanders had a solid offensive performance and it showed in the victory. Their Fenwick was 44 and the Fenwick against finished at 48, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 47.8%. They garnered 30 face-off wins when at even strength and were beaten on 32 attempts to win the face-off. Additionally, they had 2 chances on the power play but weren't able to convert one of them into a goal. For the game, they tallied a score on 4 out of the 41 shots they put on net.
In terms of their goal scoring prowess, the New York Islanders have earned 152 goals (20th in the league) for the year and have given up 125. For the current season, they have earned 71 points and their points percentage is .634. New York has 144 power play opportunities and they have notched 27 goals during those advantages, garnering them a rate of 18.75%. While playing at even strength, the Islanders have conceded 103 goals while scoring 125 themselves. New York has attempted 1,623 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 9.4%. The Islanders have had 1,590 shots tried against them and have a save percentage of .921. New York Islanders opponents have amassed 135 power play opportunities (30th in the NHL) and have a total of 22 goals in those chances.
The player between the pipes for this game is Semyon Varlamov. In his professional hockey career, Varlamov has 286 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .566. His save percentage is .916 in his 30,305 mins played. Varlamov has had 15,859 shot attempts taken against him and he has 14,532 saves. Opponents have been able to score 1,327 goals against Varlamov in his pro hockey career and his goals against rate is 2.63. He has accumulated a mark of 251-194-60 and he has gotten the start in 505 games. Varlamov has taken the ice for 529 games during his hockey career.
In their Game 1 loss, the Penguins PDO was 97 and their percentage of oZS was 52.6%. They had 3 power play attempts in this contest but weren't able to put one in the back of the net. Their Fenwick percentage was 52.2% by compiling a Fenwick of 48 and the Islanders ending the game with a 44 Fenwick at even strength. The Penguins had 3 goals of the 42 shots on goal they attempted. Pittsburgh wrapped up this game with a 51.3% Corsi rate. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Pittsburgh had and you could say that they didn't play great, but weren't awful either.
The Penguins have earned 157 goals at even strength and 36 goals (12th in professional hockey) while having a power play advantage. Pittsburgh has attempted 1,684 shots (11th in pro hockey) and has earned a shooting percentage of 11.46%, while allowing the opposition 1,679 shots. Over the course of the season, the Pittsburgh Penguins have accumulated 193 goals, 77 points, and a points percentage of .688. They have earned 152 power play opportunities and they have a power play percentage of 23.68%. They have accumulated a penalty kill rate of 77.42% on their opponents 155 power play tries, and their save percentage sits at 90.8%. They have permitted 155 goals to be scored by way of 120 goals at even strength and 35 goals while they had less men on the ice.
On the other side of the ice you are likely to see Tristan Jarry in net. The opposition is averaging 2.66 goals/game and he has allowed 251 goals overall. Jarry's percentage of quality starts comes in at 61.1% and he has accumulated 58 quality starts in his career. He has started in 95 games and his ice time sits at 5,654 minutes. Jarry is the owner of a lifetime mark of 59-29-7 and has been in goal for 101 games. He has accounted for 2,608 saves out of 2,859 shots taken against him, which gives him a save % of .912.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Pittsburgh (-135)
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