The Isles can complete the sweep with a win on Monday night and eliminate Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin from the playoffs.
Islanders vs. Penguins Stanley Cup Playoffs Betting Analysis
New York is on a five-game win streak and is 7-1 in its last eight dating back to the regular season. The Isles have allowed one or fewer goals in five of their last seven contests. The Under is 5-1 in their last six matchups.
The team has been the second best moneyline bet in the postseason. An Isles backer would be up $450 if they backed their club in each of their three playoff games. New York is 4-0 straight up in its last four away dates and 6-3 straight up in its last nine games as an underdog.
The trends are much more bleak for the Penguins. Pittsburgh is now 1-7 SU in its last eight playoff games dating back to last spring. Another bad sign for Pitt backers: The Under is 6-2 in the club’s last eight contests overall.
Only four teams in NHL playoff history have overcome a 3-0 deficit to win the series outright. The Pens are trying to increase that number to five. Sports Interaction lists the Islanders as -3333 favourites to advance and is paying +800 odds for any takers willing to back the Pens on the comeback.
About 54 percent of Sports Interaction bettors are backing the Isles to win Game 4 as +135 road underdogs while 86 percent expect the game to go Over the 5.5-goal total.
New York Islanders
Edmonton Oiler fans must be experiencing some nostalgia watching Jordan Eberle’s play in the last month. The winger scored 165 goals in his seven years in Edmonton, but the Oilers parted ways with Eberle after he failed to rediscover his form from the 2011-12 campaign.
He failed to score 20 goals this season for the first time in six years, but he’s found the back of the net eight times in his last 10 games. He’s scored in each of the Islanders playoff games this year, and he’s among the postseason leaders in points with five in three games.
Sidney Crosby has played in 163 postseason games in his 12-year NHL career, but he might not have played a worse playoff game than the one on Sunday afternoon. Crosby finished with a -3 plus/minus and he still hasn’t registered a point in the playoffs this year. It’s hard to imagine how the Pens can win a game in this series without Crosby bursting out of this slump.