Looking to win big? The Islanders and Penguins face off at 6:00 ET on ESPN+. The Penguins are hosting the game at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. The over/under for this matchup is currently set at 6.5 goals and the Penguins are the favorite to win at home vs. the Islanders.

NEW YORK ISLANDERS VS PITTSBURGH PENGUINS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins -1.5

This game will be played at PPG Paints Arena at 6:00 ET on Sunday, December 31st.

WHY BET THE PITTSBURGH PENGUINS:

  • Coming in as 1.5 goal favorites, our projections have the Penguins picking up a 4-3 win.
  • Take the Penguins on the moneyline
  • On the spread, we like Islanders (+1.5)

Is a Road Win Possible for the Islanders?

Through 35 games, the Islanders have achieved an overall record of 17-9-9. When on the road, New York holds a 7-5-3 record, while they are 10-4-6 when playing at home. This record has them sitting 4th in the Eastern Metropolitan division and 6th in the Eastern conference.

Analyzing their performance against the puck line, New York has a 19-16 record. On the road they are 11-4 against the puck line, while their overall home performance is8-12. This season, New York's games are averaging 6.4 goals per game. Their average over/under line is 6. The Islanders currently have an over/under record of 21-13-1.

When looking at their past three road matchups, New York has an puck line record of 2-1 while averaging 3 per game. The team went 1-2 overall in these games.

For their offensive performance, the Islanders come in averaging 3.1 goals per game this season, which is 18th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 22nd in the league. The New York offense is ranked 17th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they find themselves at 4th in the NHL.

New York's leading scorer is Brock Nelson. So far, he has 16 goals which is 22nd in the NHL. Nelson also comes into the game with 14 assists.

In terms of defense, the Penguins head into the game ranked 20th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 30.4 shots per game against Pittsburgh. So far, they are 1st in shutouts, achieving 5 shutouts.

Goalie Ilya Sorokin comes into the game having made 23 starts this season. So far, his record is 11-5 and he has a save percentage of 1.0%.

Will the Penguins Win at Home?

Through 34 games, the Penguins have achieved an overall record of 17-13-4. When on the road, Pittsburgh holds a 8-7-3 record, while they are 9-6-1 when playing at home. In the Eastern Metropolitan division, they are currently 7th, and in the Eastern conference, they come into the game sitting 11th.

When it came to the puck line, Pittsburgh heads in with a 16-18 record. On the road, their mark is 8-10 and their overall home performance is 8-8 vs. the puck line. The average goal total for Pittsburgh's games is sitting at 5.8. The average over/under line for the season is 6.5. The Penguins come in with an over/under record of 13-18-3.

When looking at their past three home matchups, Pittsburgh has an puck line record of 2-1 while averaging 3 per game. The team went 1-2 overall in these games.

For their offensive performance, the Penguins come in averaging 3 goals per game this season, which is 26th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 11th in the league. In terms of power play goals, the Penguins offense is 26th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they are 20th in the NHL.

The leading scorer for Pittsburgh's offense is Sidney Crosby. Coming into the game he has 20 goals, ranking 7th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 16 assists so far.

The Penguins defense is currently 20th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 30.4 shots per game against Pittsburgh. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 1st with 5 shutouts.

Goalie Alex Nedeljkovic comes into the game having made nine starts this season. So far, his record is 5-2 and he has a save percentage of 0.46%.