Pittsburgh played under tremendous pressure in the opening game against New York Islanders, but they rose to the challenge and thrashed the visitors by 5 goals to none. They will try to repeat the performance in the second game of the series and for obvious reasons bookmakers grant them the first chance.
Match: Pittsburgh vs NY Islanders
Bet: Over 5.5 Goals
Odds: Pinnacle Sports 2.02
The main concern for the Penguins is the fact that Sidney Crosby is still sidelined with a broken jaw, although he makes firm steps towards recovery. The fans are hoping that their inspirational captain will be fit to play by the end of the series, as they don’t expect the Islanders to cause them too many headaches. So far everything is going according to the plan and the best thing is that Pittsburgh kept a clean sheet in the opening game despite being outshot in the first period.
Marc Andre Fleury was stellar in the net and deflected 26 shots, although he owes his shutout to a formidable defensive. The Penguins are not famous for their backline but usually their strategy of scoring one or two goals more than the opponents works like a charm. The Islanders were clearly overwhelmed by pressure and failed to respond in a convincing manner, but they shouldn’t be dismissed as nothing more than a nuisance. The visitors will come out firing from the first minute and it is worth remembering the fact that they had a better percentage away from home in the regular season.
Even without Sidney Crosby, the hosts have enough options upfront to score a handful of goals in the second game, while the Islanders are expected to step up their efforts as well. The safest bet is an over 5.5 goals to be score type of wager, with Pinnacle Sports being the best choice at odds of 2.02.