Islanders vs. Penguins Prediction
The Pittsburgh Penguins will look to avoid the sweep tonight when they host the New York Islanders in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Is a bet on Pittsburgh the smart way to go tonight?
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
PPG Paints Arena at 7:38PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Penguins are a -170 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Islanders are a +150 underdog, while the over-under sits at 5.5 goals. As of Tuesday morning, exactly 50 percent of public bets are being placed on visiting New York and host Pittsburgh. Check out our NHL Public Betting Page for up-to-date information.
Islanders bottle up Penguins
New York rolled to a 4-1 victory at Pittsburgh Sunday afternoon to take a commanding 3-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. After falling behind 1-0 in the first period, the Islanders scored four unanswered goals the rest of the way to notch the win. Jordan Eberle evened the score at 1-1 with 6:38 left in the first period off assists by Ryan Pulock and Mathew Barzal. A minute later, a goal by Brock Nelson assisted by Tom Kuhnhackl gave New York the lead. Following a scoreless second period, Leo Komarov pushed the advantage to two goals midway through the third period with assists going to Anthony Beauvillier and Valtteri Filppula. Anders Lee added a goal with 1:28 remaining on assists from Filppula and Adam Pelech. Robin Lehner allowed one goal on 26 shots in the winning effort.
Penguins stumble after early lead
Pittsburgh could not build on a 1-0 first period lead Sunday in Game 3 at home home versus New York to fall into a 3-0 series deficit. Garrett Wilson gave the Penguins a 1-0 advantage with 7:06 left in the first period off assists by Marcus Pettersson and Justin Schultz. The Islanders scored twice the rest of the first period and added two more goals in the third period to put it away. Pittsburgh manufactered 26 shots on goal in the defeat led by four each from Jake Guentzel and Patric Hornqvist. Matt Murray surrendered three goals on 35 shots in the loss.
NHL Betting Trends
The Islanders are 4-0 in their last four road games. New York is 4-0 in its last four games as an underdog.
The Penguins are 121-55 in their last 176 home games. The favorite is 2-6 in the last eight meetings.
New York has played fantastic defense and found timely goals in frustrating Pittsburgh and jumping out to a 3-0 series lead. I feel like this moneyline is too steep for a Penguins team that is searching for answers and was inconsistent much of the season. I'm taking a shot at a confident New York team to pull off the sweep tonight.
NHL DAILY PREDICTION: NEW YORK ISLANDERS +160