Pittsburgh Penguins vs. N.Y. Islanders Pick
The Penguins were stymied by Craig Anderson in their last outing. He sent back 35 shots in a standout performance for Anderson. There wasn’t anything wrong with DeSmith either, as he stopped 27 shots and 1 goal allowed in regulation, which is usually going to be good enough with the offence that the Penguins have. For all that has gone wrong with their defence in 2018-19, they can’t be blamed for that loss.
Pittsburgh are 8th in the league with 3.43 goals per game. In a normal year, that’s a pretty elite number, but with goal scoring up it doesn’t get them in the top-5. Nevertheless, that should be good enough to find success with. Since DeSmith has been the starter, their numbers defensively have improved, though. DeSmith owns a respectable 2.42 GAA and 0.922 save percentage. As a team, they’re 22nd with 3.18 goals allowed per game. They’ve actually improved on the road, with 2.77 goals allowed per game compared to 3.18 overall.
However, the Penguins have gone just 1-7 on the road in their previous eight games. Ugly streaks like that are kind of shocking to see with this Pittsburgh team, but they’ve been stuck in mud with a record of 12-10-4 thus far. Patrick Hornqvist hopes to get back on the ice after missing Saturday against the Senators. The Islanders are coming off a 3-2 loss to the Red Wings in Detroit. I think the Penguins stand a better chance of getting it back. It’s difficult to hold them down in consecutive games. Edge Pittsburgh in Brooklyn on Monday night.