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Can the Islanders Take a Stranglehold on Their Series vs the Penguins in Game 2?

Tom Kuhnhackl #14 of the New York Islanders skates in on Matt Murray #30 of the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game One of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on April 10, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Penguins 4-3 in overtime.

The New York Islanders sent fans at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum home happy in Game 1 of their first-round series vs the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Isles have an opportunity to grab a stranglehold with Game 2 set for Friday. Sportsbooks opened the Islanders as +110 home underdogs with a total of 5.5.

Penguins vs Islanders Game Center

Standout Stats

  • Even though these teams met four times in the regular season, Game 1 was the first time they’d played each other in four months. Josh Bailey’s goal 4 1/2 minutes into overtime was good enough to lift the Islanders to a victory in their first time hosting a Game 1 of a postseason series in 31 years.
  • Penguins center Evgeni Malkin, who was playing in his third game since missing more than 2 1/2 weeks due to injury, scored on the power play and added an assist in Game 1 to give him three goals and 13 points in seven playoff matchups vs the Islanders.
  • Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner fared well in his first career postseason start, as the 27-year-old made 41 saves in the 4-3 victory. Penguins netminder Matt Murray allowed four goals on 33 shots in the losing effort.
  • Pittsburgh has a history of failing to cover the spread against New York. The Penguins are 1-9 on the puckline in their past 10 meetings with the Islanders, including Game 1. Bovada is dealing the Penguins’ -1.5 number at +220 for Game 2.
  • New York has had some problems stringing together consecutive wins at home, however. The Islanders are 2-5 SU in their last seven contests in their own rink when winning the previous home game.

My best bet for Penguins-Islanders

Penguins moneyline

The Islanders looked like the better team for the majority of Game 1, but I think the Penguins will even the series up tonight and head back to Pennsylvania tied up at one game apiece. The Penguins are a playoff-proven team and are simply too talented to go down 2-0 in the first round, so take Pittsburgh on the moneyline.