The New York Islanders (22-9-4) wrap up a two-game set against the Pittsburgh Penguins (22-11-2) on Monday with a 7 p.m. ET puck drop at PPG Paints Arena. Below, we analyze the Islanders-Penguins odds and lines, with NHL picks and predictions.
Islanders at Penguins: Odds, spread and lines
Odds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated at 7:20 a.m. ET.
- Money line: Islanders -105 (bet $105 to win $100) | Penguins -110 (bet $110 to win $100)
- Against the spread/ATS: Islanders +1.5 (-300) | Penguins -1.5 (+240)
- Over/Under: 5.5 (O: -105 | U: -115)
Islanders at Penguins: Projected starting goalies
Semyon Varlamov (14-6-3, 2.19 GAA, .922 SV%, 3 SO) vs. Tristan Jarry (14-8-2, 2.83 GAA, .909 SV%)
Varlamov was thrust into action when Ilya Sorokin coughed up four goals on nine shots in the first 26:18 on Saturday. Varly allowed just one goal on 11 shots in the relief role, but the damage was already done. He enters 1-2-2 with a 3.00 GAA and .895 SV% in five starts and six appearances against the Pens this season.
Jarry has won back-to-back starts against the Sabres and Islanders, and he is victorious in six of his past eight starts while losing just once in regulation and once in overtime. He improved to 4-1-0 with a 2.57 GAA and .914 SV% in five starts against the Isles this season.
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Islanders at Penguins: Odds, lines, predictions and picks
Penguins 4, Islanders 2
Money line (ML)
The PENGUINS (-110) are favorites at home as they look to stay hot against the Islanders (-105). New York has been able to beat up on the rest of the league, but Pittsburgh has been its kryptonite.
While the Isles are still 5-2 in the past seven on the road, they lost the front end of the two-game set in Pittsburgh. They’re also just 2-6 in the past eight following a loss of three or more goals.
The Pens are playing their fourth game in six days, and they’re 6-1 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation. They’re also 5-1 in the past six meetings with the Isles and 35-16-2 in their past 53 at home against New York.
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Against the spread (ATS)
The PENGUINS -1.5 (+240) are certainly worth a roll of the dice, as you can more than double up. The Pens struck for six goals in Saturday’s game, a 6-3 rout of the Isles. This beating might not be quite as severe for the Isles, but the Pens certainly have had their number.
OVER 5.5 (-105) is worth a small-unit bet, but don’t get carried away. Sorokin was a sieve last time out against the Pens, but he will be carrying a clipboard and wearing a ball cap with Varlamov back in there. Look for a better showing from the Isles in this one, but the Over should still sneak across the finish line.
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