Pittsburgh Penguins vs New York Islanders: Predictions and Odds
How to Watch – Penguins vs Islanders
Where: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York
When: Thursday, November 7th at 7:00 PM EST
How (TV/Radio): Pittsburgh TV/Radio: AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh, The X, 105.9 FM. New York TV/Radio: SNY, ESPN NY 1050 AM.
Pittsburgh sits in 9th place in the Eastern Conference with 17 points. The Penguins have won eight games of their 15 games this season.
The Penguins, trying to snap a two-game losing streak, are 5-3-1 at home, but 3-3 on the road.
Pittsburgh stands at +1000 to take the Eastern Conference and +1900 to win the Stanley Cup.
New York Islanders
The New York Islanders are sporting a ten-game winning streak and are tied for second in the NHL with 10 wins in regulation.
The Islanders sit in 3rd place in the Eastern Conference with 22 points, three points behind the leader, Washington.
New York Islanders sit at +900 to win the East and +1700 to win the Stanley Cup.
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Pittsburgh Penguins: Matt Murray (7-3-1, 2.36 goals allowed)
Murray has been exceptional in goal for Pittsburgh, posting seven wins in his first ten starts allowing 2.20 GAA over that stretch.
- With three days of rest, Murray has posted a 1.71 GAA, 93.1% save percentage and won two of four starts.
- Murray has won two of four starts on the road and posted a 2.95 GAA with an 88.9% save percentage.
- In five appearances versus Eastern Conference opponents, Murray has a 2.76 GAA with a 91% save percentage.
New York Islanders: Semyon Varlamov & Thomas Greiss
Although both goalies have done their share during the winning streak, Greiss got the last win allowing just one goal in a 4-1 win against Ottawa on Tuesday night.
- Varlamov has won five straight starts, allowing just eight goals over that span.
- Varlamov has a 92.9% save percentage on the year, with Greiss posting a 93.3% in comparison.
- In November, Greiss has started two games and allowed just three goals in two wins for the Islanders.
Stats to Watch
Despite a plus-12 goal differential, Pittsburgh is outside the top eight in the Eastern Conference at the moment with just 17 points, eight points behind Washington for the top spot.
- Pittsburgh has allowed the lowest power-play goals of any team in the NHL with just five goals in 37 chances.
- Pittsburgh is just 6 for 43 on the power play this year, for the third-worst conversion rate in the Eastern Conference.
- Defenseman Kris Letang and Brian Dumoulin are both day-to-day, with Letang having an injury and Dumoulin expecting the birth of his child.
New York Islanders
The New York Islanders have scored 40 goals this season while allowing just 29 through their first 13 games of the year, good enough for first place in the Metro Division.
- During the ten-game winning streak, the Islanders have outscored opponents 35-17.
- New York has surrendered just three goals over their last three games, outscoring their opponents 10-3.
- Center Leo Komarov missed practice earlier in the week due to illness but expects to play against Pittsburgh.
Last Five Games
- Pittsburgh has lost five of their last seven games and are 3-3 on the road this season.
- The Penguins have been outscored 8-5 in their last two losses but outscored their opponents in 10-1 in the previous two-game winning streak.
- The Penguins started the season winning six of eight games, but are 2-5 since that streak.
New York Islanders
- New York has won ten straight games, including their last six home contests.
- Over their ten-game winning streak, the Islanders have allowed more than two goals just once.
- Over their last six home games, New York have outscored their opponents 24-13.