NHL: Islanders vs Penguins Prediction, Odds, and Picks (Mar 9)
- New York Islanders have won successive games in the NHL
- Pittsburgh Penguins have gone 5-5-0 over their last ten
The New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins will clash in the NHL on Thursday. Both sides will be desperate to pick up the victory in the Eastern Conference to enhance their playoff chances.
It looks set to be an intriguing showdown between the Penguins and Islanders on Thursday, with just a single place separating the sides in the Metropolitan Division. But, which team will come out on top in Pittsburgh?
How To Watch
- When: Thursday, March 9, 2023, at 7:00 p.m ET
- Where: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh
- How To Watch: NHL TV
The New York Islanders come into this game with the most to lose, as they currently sit a point, and a place, ahead of the Penguins. They have impressed over their last ten, as they have picked up six victories. Over that period, they have lost just twice in regulation.
However, their form on the road has been a concern throughout this campaign, as they have gone just 13-14-5. But, they do come into this showdown after picking up back-to-back wins. The latest of those was achieved on Tuesday, as they edged to a 3-2 home win over the Buffalo Sabres.
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There will be pressure on the Penguins on Thursday, as they will have home advantage as they look to move ahead of the Islanders in the standings. They were dramatic winners in their most recent game, as they secured an overtime win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Each of their last two wins has come in overtime, including a 5-4 win in Tampa against the Lightning last week. However, their home form appears to be a crucial advantage, as the Penguins have gone 17-9-4 at PPG Paints Arena this season.
It appears difficult to separate these two teams, as they are very evenly matched. However, the Penguins home record could be the difference on Thursday, and we could see them landing a vital win in their push for a playoff spot.