Penguins vs Islanders Picks and Prediction – 4/17/2024

By: David Anicetti |

Last Updated: 04/16/2024 at 9:31 PM ET

Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Islanders 04/17/24 - NHL Picks & Predictions
Game Start: 4/17/2024, 11:00 PM UTC
Latest Odds: PIT -135 ; O/U 5.5

The Pittsburgh Penguins must pick up a victory on Wednesday when visiting the New York Islanders to have any chance of qualifying for the postseason. Pittsburgh is 38-31-12 with 88 points and one point behind both Washington and Detroit, who are battling for the second and final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. Pittsburgh defeated the Nashville Predators 4-2 on Monday to keep their playoff hopes alive. Make sure you stay up to date with all the NHL action, with our NHL picks.

Sidney Crosby is leading Pittsburgh in goals scored with 42, in assists with 50 and in points with 92. In goal, Tristan Jarry is 19-25-5 with a goals against average of 2.91 and save percentage of .903. Pittsburgh averages 3.07 goals per game and allows 3.00 goals per game. Pittsburgh's power play scores 14.6% of the time and its penalty killing unit is successful 81.3% of the time.

The New York Islanders look for their 9th victory in the last 11 games on Wednesday when hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins. New York is 38-27-16 with 92 points and has secured third place in the Metropolitan division, the final automatic qualifying spot in the division. New York defeated the New Jersey Devils 4-1 on Monday night, clinching a playoff berth in the process.

Bo Horvat is the leading goal scorer for New York with 33, while Noah Dobson is the leader in assists with 60 and Mathew Barzal is the leader in points with 80. In goal, Ilya Sorokin is 24-19-12 with a goals against average of 2.99 and save percentage of .909. New York averages 2.96 goals per game and allows 3.14 goals per game. New York's power play scores 19.7% and its penalty kill unit is successful 72.1% of the time.

Our Free NHL Pick for New York Islanders vs Pittsburgh Penguins

Pittsburgh will have the advantage in this matchup as the Penguins are battling for a playoff berth, while New York clinched its spot in the postseason with a victory on Monday and will have a big let down as this game means little to the Islanders in the standings. Pittsburgh has won six of its last eight and the Penguins have won five of the last six versus an opponent from the Metropolitan Division. Final Score Prediction, Pittsburgh Penguins win 4-2.

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