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NHL Betting News and Notes Saturday, May 11

NHL Betting News and Notes Saturday, May 11

PITTSBURGH (39-14-0-0, 78 pts.) at NY ISLANDERS (26-19-0-8, 60 pts.) - 5/11/2013, 7:05 PM

Top Trends for this game.
PITTSBURGH is 39-14 ATS (+16.3 Units) in all games this season.
PITTSBURGH is 39-14 ATS (+16.3 Units) second half of the season this season.
PITTSBURGH is 9-1 ATS (+7.5 Units) on Saturday games this season.
NY ISLANDERS are 10-23 ATS (+42.2 Units) in home games revenging a loss versus opponent over the last 2 seasons.
NY ISLANDERS are 67-105 ATS (-40.5 Units) in home games after scoring 1 goal or less in their previous game since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
PITTSBURGH is 15-7 (+1.0 Units) against the spread versus NY ISLANDERS over the last 3 seasons
PITTSBURGH is 15-7-0 straight up against NY ISLANDERS over the last 3 seasons
10 of 20 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=-1.4 Units, Under=-0.9 Units)

Pittsburgh is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games
Pittsburgh is 6-2 SU in their last 8 games when playing on the road against NY Islanders
NY Islanders are 2-6 SU in their last 8 games
NY Islanders are 6-2 SU in their last 8 games at home

Pittsburgh at NY Islanders
Pittsburgh: 18-6 SU off a win by 2+ goals
NY Islanders: 7-13 SU after allowing 4+ goals

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Penguins at Islanders: What Bettors Need to Know

Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Islanders (+155, 6)

Pittsburgh leads series 3-2.

Sidney Crosby and John Tavares have been elite figures on the ice - so it's no surprise that the two joined Washington superstar Alex Ovechkin as finalists for the Hart Trophy. Crosby can get the better of Tavares in the postseason should the Pittsburgh Penguins eliminate the eighth-seeded New York Islanders in their Eastern Conference first-round series. Top-seeded Pittsburgh will have a chance to do precisely that with a victory in Game 6 Saturday - or, if necessary, at home in Game 7 on Sunday.

Crosby collected a goal and an assist in the Penguins' 4-0 victory in Game 5 Thursday. Pittsburgh's captain has showed little sign of rust since missing over a month with a broken jaw - scoring three goals and setting up five others in four games. Tavares has two goals and as many assists in the first-round series.

ABOUT THE PENGUINS: Tomas Vokoun made his presence felt in his first postseason appearance since 2007. Replacing an ineffective Marc-Andre Fleury, the 36-year-old Vokoun registered his second career playoff shutout by turning aside 31 shots Thursday. Vokoun has dominated the Islanders in 2013, posting a 4-0-0 mark with a slim 0.69 goals-against average and impressive .977 save percentage.

ABOUT THE ISLANDERS: While the situation is far from ideal, coach Jack Capuano isn't outwardly stressing his team's plight. "We've been in these must-win situations before, and our guys have responded pretty well," Capuano told the team's website. "We're at home, hopefully we'll have that barn rocking here (Saturday) again like we had the previous two games that we can feed off." Capuano also showed confidence in Evgeni Nabokov, who was pulled in Game 5 after yielding four goals. The veteran Russian netminder has allowed at least four tallies in four of the five games in the series.


1. Pittsburgh is 7-for-20 on the power play in the series, while New York is 2-for-17.

2. Islanders D Andrew MacDonald suffered a broken left hand in Game 4 and will miss the remainder of the playoffs.

3. Penguins C Evgeni Malkin and RWs Pascal Dupuis and Jarome Iginla each notched an assist in Game 5 to extend their respective point streaks to six contests.


* Islanders are 6-2 in their last 8 home games.

* Over is 4-1 in Penguins last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.

* Over is 8-3-1 in Islanders last 12 home games.

* Over is 5-0-1 in the last 6 meetings in New York.

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2013 NHL Playoffs

Penguins won 11 of last 15 games, are 29-10 in last 39 games vs Islanders, 6-2 in last eight visits here. Nine of last thirteen series games overall went over total. Islanders outscored Pittsburgh 6-2 in third period of series, but Penguins did win only OT game. Pitt is 7-20 on power play in series, Islanders 2-17. New York was blanked in two of three losses in series- they scored 4-4-6 goals Games 2-4. Penguins held 10 of previous 15 opponents to three or less goals. Over is 18-15-7 in playoffs so far this spring. Islanders won six of last eight home games; Pittsburgh won 11 of last 14 games on the road.

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