New York Islanders vs Pittsburgh Penguins Prediction, 3/9/2023 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: New York Islanders vs Pittsburgh Penguins
Date: Thursday, March 9, 2023
Location: PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA
TV: AT&T Sportsnet Pittsburgh
Odds/Point Spread: Islanders (+120) Penguins (-143)
The Pittsburgh Penguins (32-22-9) welcome the New York Islanders (33-25-8) at PPG Paints Arena on Thursday. The odds on this game have New York at +120 while Pittsburgh is priced at -143. The over/under has been set at 6.
The New York Islanders were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 3-2 victory over the Sabres in their previous game. New York accrued 4 penalty minutes in this matchup. Furthermore, they had 2 chances with extra men on the ice but weren't able to net one. The Islanders had a middle of the road offensive output in this win. In the matchup, they were able to notch a goal on 3 of the 39 shots they launched.
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New York Islanders opponents have amassed 188 power play opportunities (21st in professional hockey) and have scored 33 goals in those chances. The Islanders have seen 2,076 shots tried against them and have a save percentage of .916. New York has attempted 2,028 shots and has a shooting percentage of 9.4%. At even strength, the Islanders have conceded 141 goals while having 160 on the offensive side of the ice. New York has tallied 182 power play opportunities and they have added 31 goals out of those attempts, giving them a rate of 17.03%. For the year, they have 74 points and their points percentage is sitting at .561. In reference to scoring goals, the New York Islanders have racked up 191 goals (21st in the NHL) for the season and have given up 174.
Protecting the goal for this matchup will be Ilya Sorokin. During his career on the ice, Sorokin has accumulated 85 quality starts and his quality starts percentage sits at .714. His save percentage sits at .924 in his 7,120 mins on the ice. Sorokin has had 3,652 shot attempts against him and has recorded 3,375 saves. Opponents have racked up 277 goals against Sorokin in his NHL career and his goals against average per game is 2.33. He has compiled a mark of 61-42-17 and he started in 119 games. Sorokin has taken the ice for 122 games throughout his hockey career.
In their last game, Pittsburgh played the Blue Jackets in a matchup where the Penguins got the victory by a tally of 5-4. They had 2 opportunities on the power play in this game and recorded 1 out of those chances. The Penguins scored 5 goals out of the 47 shots on goal they attempted.
The Penguins have earned 159 goals at even strength and 46 goals (9th in the NHL) while on the power play. Pittsburgh has attempted 2,134 shots (6th in professional hockey) and has a shooting percentage of 9.61%, while allowing their opponents 2,132 shots. Over the course of the season, the Pittsburgh Penguins have 205 goals, 73 points, in addition to a points percentage of .579. They have granted a total of 202 goals to be scored by of a combination of 160 goals at even strength and 42 goals while they were shorthanded. They have a total of 218 power play opportunities and they have accumulated a power play percentage of 21.10%. They have recorded a penalty kill percentage of 79.31% on their opponents 203 power play chances, and their save percentage is 90.5%.
Across the rink you are going to see Tristan Jarry between the pipes. Jarry is the owner of a career record of 112-54-18 and has been in net for 192 games. Jarry's quality start percentage comes out to 60.9% and he has qualified for 112 quality starts in his hockey career. He has recorded 5,132 saves out of 5,611 shots taken, giving him a save % of .915. Teams are averaging 2.62 goals/game and he has allowed 479 goals overall. He has started in 184 contests and his ice time sits at 10,957 mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Tony's Pick: Take Pittsburgh (-143)
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