Islanders vs. Penguins Pick – NHL October 18th

What a pathetic effort from the Maple Leafs last night. I was out for my birthday dinner, but I managed to catch the Leafs, of course, coughing the puck up in their zone for an easy goal for Detroit to open the game. It doesn’t seem to matter if it is the Bruins, Wings, Sabres, or the local JR. B team, the Leafs can’t get the puck out of their own end. As a Leafs fan, and someone that picked them, you won’t see me touching many other Leafs games this season due to how sporadic they are. I thought they were going to get up at home against an original 6 rival, but looked like they didn’t want to be there. It is doubly frustrating losing as a fan and having money on them. Nevertheless, I really like this play we have for tonight.

New York Islanders @ Pittsburgh Penguins

I have mentioned all season how the Islanders are going to be a part of high scoring games. The defense is non-existent, but the goal scoring is going to be present. Sure enough the O/U is 4-0 to the OVER, even throttling Henrik Lundqvist and company for 6 goals. Once the Isles are in a groove on offense they are difficult to slow down. They are a young squad led by John Tavares that have offense on their mind. The Islanders’ four games this season have gone by the scores of 5-3, 4-3, 6-3, and 4-3. Thus, as you can see, they beat the OVER by at least a goal each time. Even more impressive is their win/loss record of 4-0. Regression will ultimately catch up to them and they’ll probably be a team fighting for a playoff position by the end of the season, but the Islanders are going to be a fun team to watch. It won’t be because of their offense, but the defense will surely let them down.

They’re going to have a tall task tonight, because the Penguins’ offense is one that can match them goal for goal. Considering how porous the Islanders are on the defensive end, Pittsburgh should be able to handle them in this spot. Note that the Pens are averaging 4.33 goals this season, scoring 13 in their first three games. They were near the top of the NHL least year in scoring, averaging 2.95 goals, which was 5th in the NHL. The Islanders were 28th in goals against last season and should be around the back once again in 2014-15. So far they are lighting the red light up, though, scoring a mammoth 4.5 goals per game. The defense is allowing 3 goals per game, which sounds about right for the Islanders. The Pens have been equally as bad, allowing 3 a game as well. The OVER is 6-1 combined between both squads. I like the OVER here, and you should hop on it before we maybe see this total jump up to 6.

Pick – OVER 5.5 GOALS -125 @ (Best Odds)