Thursday, April 8, 2010

New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins

NY Islanders +180 +1.5 (-155) Over 5.5 (-130)

Pittsburgh -220 -1.5 (+135) Under 5.5 (+110)

The Pittsburgh Penguins will say goodbye to Mellon Arena tonight and at the same time try to clinch home ice in the first round of the playoffs as they try to defend their Stanley Cup. The Penguins sorta botched their chance to win the Atlantic Division with lackluster efforts in losses to Tampa Bay and Washington. Pittsburgh may get superstar Evgeni Malkin back tonight who has absolutely dominated the Islanders in his career. Malkin has 11 goals and 8 assists against the Islanders in his last 11 games.
The Islanders are on their 2nd impressive hot streak of the season and although they were eliminated from playoff contention, the young team continues to play hard knocking off Montreal in a shootout and Ottawa 4-1 on Saturday afternoon. The Isles are 8-3-1 in their last 12.
In Scott Gordon's 2nd year as Isles head coach, he has yet to leave Mellon arena with a victory. The Islanders have lost 6-4 and 3-1 in Pittsburgh this season.

Look for the Penguins to clinch a home ice advantage playoff round tonight while giving a tribute to the history filled Mellon Arena.

SureShotPick: Pittsburgh straight up

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