Schule's NHL BEAST of the EAST - *EARLY START*
(NHL) NY Islanders vs. Pittsburgh, 11/21/2014 2:00 PM, Score: 5 - 4
Money Line: -167.00 Pittsburgh (Home)
Result: Loss
This is an 8* play on the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Pens have steamrolled their opponents all season long winning 13 of their 17 games scoring 64 goals in the process for a league high 3.6 goals per game average. Perhaps they will find a worthy opponent tonight as they Islanders are coming to Pittsburgh for the opener of a home and home series.

The Islanders have the third best goal per game average in the NHL this season but they have struggled on the other end of the ice, especially on the penalty kill where they're giving up a goal on exactly a quarter of the chances. That could spell trouble against the Penguins who were tied for the best power play in the league last season and currently topping the standing by a wide margin.

Sidney Crosby ended an eighth game goal-drought in the 4-0 win at Montreal Tuesday and is still second in the league with his 17 goals and eight assists. The Islanders points are widely distributed with John Tavares, Brock Nelson and Kyle Okposo all tallying 18 points for the season.

The Islanders have however won only five games over their last 27 meetings with the Penguins in Pittsburgh, and I predict yet another home win tonight.

Take PIT.


Jesse Schule