New York Islanders vs Pittsburgh Penguins 5/16/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

New York Islanders vs Pittsburgh Penguins 5/16/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

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The New York Islanders (32-17-7) will challenge the Pittsburgh Penguins (37-16-3) in the East Division playoffs at PPG Paints in Pittsburgh on Sunday, May 16, 2021, at 12:00 PM ET.

New York will be playing the playoffs as the 4th seed in the East Division and the Islanders will be facing their Division rival the Pittsburgh Penguins as the 1st seed. This will not be an easy job for New York as Pittsburgh dominated the regular season and the Penguins have a better offense when dealing with the Islanders the whole season. The Islanders ended the regular season with a 3-2 loss to Boston dropping their standing to 32-17-7 on the year. On the Pittsburgh side, the team notched a 1-0 victory over the Buffalo Sabres and the Penguins ended up with a 37-16-3 standing on the year.

In the regular season’s tour, the New York Islanders managed to gain an average of 2.71 goals on 29 shots per game. On the defensive side of the puck, New York has given away an average of 2.23 goals per match while being challenged by an average of 28.4 shots per contest. The Islanders made a power play of 18.8% on the year with the penalty kill of 83.7% of the power plays. In their loss to the Bruins, Mathew Barzal took the lead with one goal on 2 shots on goal while scoring 2 points and making 1 assist. Oliver Wahlstrom added another goal on 2 shots on goal with 1 point in the losing effort.

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New York Islanders vs Pittsburgh Penguins Predictions 5/16/2021

The Pittsburgh Penguins’ offense was one of the best in the league with 3.45 goals per game while facing only 30.1 shots per match. On the defensive side of the puck, the Penguins permitted an average of 2.77 goals per outing while getting an average of 30 shots per contest. Pittsburgh’s power play recorded a clip of 23.7% this season while the penalty kill for the Penguins posted at 77.4% on the year. Jeff Carter earned the victory for Pittsburgh against the Buffalo Sabres with 1 goal on 3 shots on goal while Frederick Gaudreau distributed 1 assist with one point. The Pittsburgh Penguins recorded a total of 23 shots on goal in the victory.

New York Islanders vs. Pittsburgh Penguins. The NHL Pick for this match is Pittsburgh -130. In facing the Islanders, the Penguins will continue to display their dominance on the ice. Pittsburgh recorded a total of 6 wins out of the 8 games played in the regular season with some of those matches coming out to be an easy win for the Penguins. New York played tough defense but it will have difficulty controlling the strong offense of Pittsburgh. Final score prediction, the Pittsburgh Penguins will win at 4-1.

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New York Islanders vs Pittsburgh Penguins 5/16/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

NHL Starting Time: 12:00 PM ET

Location: PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, USA

Date: Sunday, May 16, 2021

TV: NBC

NHL Odds/Point Spread: Pittsburgh Penguins -130

NHL Totals: 5

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