NHL Betting: Islanders to put the freeze on Penguins



After Thursday's authoritative display and 4-0 win put them back in control of their first round match-up against the Islanders, the Pittsburgh Penguins could finish off series tonight.

In that last contest New York made a fast start but will be ruing missing early chances. That opened the door for a quick brace by Pittsburgh, from which they couldn't recover. Tomas Vokoun replaced Marc-Andre Fleury in the Penguins net and claimed a shut-out. He'll play again tonight but it'll be more interesting to see how that predicament plays out beyond this round should they progress. At the other end the Isles will persist with Evgeni Nabokov in spite of his pretty terrible save percentage. Back-up Kevin Poulin is too inexperienced to throw in at this time.

Certainly the Isles will have to find their offense again if they are to have a chance, as keeping Pittsburgh's stars quiet has proved extremely difficult. Evgeni Malkin is the leading scorer in the series with nine points, and Sidney Crosby isn't far behind from one fewer appearance. Getting on the board seems to be the hurdle for the Islanders - once they get that first goal their belief swells and they realise once again that this Penguins team is beatable. Back another high-scoring affair with over 6.5 goals at 2.45.

As has been the case for the entire series, the Penguins are big favourites for the contest even on the road at 1.95. Considering the way the Islanders shrugged off a similar drubbing in Game 1 and their ability to cause the Pens trouble I still believe they have a chance of staying alive. Take New York to win in regulation at 3.40.

Best bet: Over 6.5 total goals at 2.45