Islanders vs. Penguins Prediction
Even though they’ll be without star Evgeni Malkin can the Penguins win their third straight game when they host the Islanders at 7:00PM ET tonight?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Penguins are -155 money line favorites over the Islanders while the over/under sits at 5.5 goals for tonight’s game.
The Pens will be without Malkin for the next six to eight weeks as he deals with a lower-body injury suffered in Friday’s win over the Blue Jackets. Malkin is second on the team with 27 goals and 58 points, but this isn’t the first time this season that Pittsburgh has been forced to play without one its top players. The Penguins went 5-4-1 during his last absence in February and are 71-45-9 with him out of the lineup in his 10-year career.
Pittsburgh has won 10 of its last 13 home games and is 9-4 in its last 13 games playing on one day of rest. The Penguins have also dominated the Islanders, winning 20 of the last 26 meetings between the two teams in Pittsburgh. The Pens are 36-17 in their last 53 games overall against the Islanders as well.
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