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Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Islanders Game 3 odds, picks and prediction

Feb 15, 2020; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; New York Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov (40) deflects a shot during the first period against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders play Game 3 of their Stanley Cup Playoffs first-round series Thursday. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Below, we analyze the Penguins-Islanders odds and lines, with NHL picks and predictions.

The Penguins scratched out two first-period goals in Game 2, and they hung on for the 2-1 victory to level the series after falling in overtime in the series opener.

The Islanders surprised the Pens in Game 1 in overtime, and it was just one of two victories across the past seven games dating back to May 1 in the regular season.

Penguins at Islanders: Odds, spread and lines

Odds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated at 7:40 a.m. ET.

  • Money line: Penguins -110 (bet $110 to win $100) | Islanders -110 (bet $110 to win $100)
  • Against the spread/ATS: Penguins -1.5 (+230) | Islanders +1.5 (-300)
  • Over/Under: 5 (O: -135 | U: +110)

Penguins at Islanders: Projected starting goalies

Tristan Jarry (25-9-3, 2.75 GAA, .909 SV%, 2 SO) vs. Semyon Varlamov (19-11-4, 2.04 GAA, .929 SV%, 7 SO)

Jarry turned aside 37 of the 38 shots he faced in Game 2, helping the Penguins square the series 1-1 before shifting to the Island for the next two games.

Varlamov missed Game 1 due to a lower-body injury, but he was back in Game 2. While he lost, he was impressive, making 43 saves on 45 shots in the 2-1 setback.

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Penguins at Islanders: Odds, lines, predictions and picks

Prediction

Islanders 3, Penguins 2

Money line (ML)

The ISLANDERS (-110) are the pick in Game 3 in this coin-flip game. The books are expecting this one to be super close, and another overtime game wouldn’t be shocking here.

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Against the spread (ATS)

The Islanders +1.5 (-300) will cost you three times your potential return if you are not confident in a straight-up win and want a little insurance. It’s just not worth it.

AVOID, and just play the money line.

Over/Under (O/U)

TOTAL 5 (O: -135, U: +110) is not a recommended play, as I expect this total to come in right on the number. However, UNDER 5.5 (-160) will cost you a little extra on the alternate line, but that’s a better play.

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