Islanders vs Penguins Pick
NHL betting action sees the New York Islanders taking on the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday April 10th at Consol Energy Center. Cappers Picks provides free NHL handicapping tips all season long.
With the start of the playoffs rapidly approaching, both of these hockey clubs are strong, but have justifiable concerns.
NYI vs Pittsburgh
Date/Time: Friday, April 10 2015, 7 pm EST
Venue: Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh PA
New York, Pittsburgh (no odds yet listed)
The Isles and the Pens need the last game or two of the regular season to iron out wrinkles so they can avoid an early exit from the NHL’s postseason.
Both New York and Pittsburgh are currently a cut below the Rangers and Washington in the Metropolitan division. The Isles and Pens are currently third and fourth in the division, respectively.
The Islanders have a dynamic young core with plenty of goal-scoring touch, led by MVP candidate (were it not for Habs goalie Carey Price) John Tavares. However, New York has problems keeping the puck out of its own net.
Goaltender Jaroslav Halak has been shaky lately, and the Isles also suffer through a lower-tier penalty kill unit – usually not the mark of a successful team in the playoffs. They definitely need to right the ship on that front.
There is some question whether the Isles can make a deep run with Halak between the pipes, so all eyes will definitely be on the Slovakian over the next few weeks.
For Pittsburgh’s part, they have a tiny one-point margin over the Boston Bruins for the last playoff spot in the East. The Pens have been pretty bad lately, and if they miss the playoffs, don’t be surprised if their highly-paid, superstar foundation gets broken up.
You can’t lay this at the feet of annual-best-player-in-the-league Sidney Crosby, right?
Crosby’s production has been undeniable throughout his career, despite notable injury worries.
The Penguins have lost six of their past eight games, which is exactly the opposite way you want to be trending this time of year, unless you’re gunning for the #1 overall pick in the draft (and enough teams are trying to do that).
They managed to salvage a point in their last game, an OT loss to the resilient Ottawa Senators. Pittsburgh desperately needs this home victory to shore up their playoff lives. If it breaks the other way, major changes will be on the horizon.
The Islanders are a dangerous goal-scoring team every time they take the ice, but you have to think that if the Penguins are ever going to show some fight in them, it will be tonight in the Consol Energy Center.
Pittsburgh’s final game of the season is a “gimme” against the league-worst Buffalo Sabres, so if the Pens can at least grab a point against tonight’s opponent, they should be in good shape. No one wants to leave their playoff outlook until the final game of the regular season, however.
Bucking the recent trend, expect the Penguins to take care of business at home tonight.
4* Free NHL Pick: Pittsburgh 5, New York Islanders 2