Islanders vs. Penguins Predictions, Odds, Preview

May 16, 2021
Thom Cunningham
VI Betting Expert

New York Islanders vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Game 1 Predictions

Score Prediction Penguins 3 Islanders 2

It's difficult to bet against Barry Trotz in the postseason, arguably one of the most successful active coaches in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Looking at the numbers though, Pittsburgh has a lot of different trends to consider backing. To start, Pittsburgh has won four of its last five games when facing the Islanders.

New York has been able to keep most games close, covering the puck line in three of five against Pittsburgh including a shutout win. The Penguins have won three straight home games against the Islanders, however, along with winning eight of nine after a home win.

The Islanders limped into the post-season as well, swept by the Buffalo Sabres in two games before dropping two of three - one of which against the New Jersey Devils. The most consistent trend from New York lately is that they have seen a lot of shutouts. The Islanders have seen at least one team fail to score a goal in six of 13 games.

New York Islanders vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Game 1 Best Bets

  • Pittsburgh ML -125
  • Sidney Crosby Goal +165

The Pittsburgh Penguins have won eight of their last nine games after winning at home the game prior. (AP)

New York Islanders vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Game 1 Odds

First Round Series Odds

  • Islanders +105
  • Penguins -125
  • Islanders (+1.5) -250
  • Penguins (-1.5) +200
  • Over 5 -140
  • Under 5 +115

New York Islanders vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Game 1 Betting Analysis

  • Venue: PPG Paints Arena
  • Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • TV-Time: NBC - 12:00 p.m. ET

New York Islanders: 32-17-7 SU, 27-29 ATS, 21-32-3 O/U
Pittsburgh Penguins: 37-16-3 SU, 27-29 ATS, 27-25-4 O/U

Pittsburgh saw an $899 profit for bettors who took the Penguins' money-line when playing at home this season. The Islanders lost bettors $827 when playing away from home. New York is 11-13-4 on the road, while Pittsburgh is 22-4-2 when playing inside PPG Paints Arena this season.

New York Islanders vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Series History

  • 03/29/2021 - New York 1 (+1.5) at Pittsburgh 2 (Under 5.5)
  • 03/27/2021 - New York 3 at Pittsburgh 6 (+1.5) (Over 5.5)
  • 02/28/2021 - Pittsburgh 0 at New York 2 (-1.5) (Under 5.5)

The underdog has covered the +1.5 puck line in four of the last five meetings between the two clubs. Pittsburgh has also won four of the last five games SU against New York.

Projected Goalies

New York: Semyon Varlamov (19-11, 7 SO, 2.04 GAA, .929 SV%)

Pittsburgh: Tristan Jarry (25-9, 2 SO, 2.75 GAA, .909 SV%)

2021 NHL Playoff First Round Betting Resources

Odds per BetMGM - Subject to Change