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Red Wings vs. Islanders - 1/31/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Islanders (32-15-1) at Detroit Red Wings (28-12-9)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 2:00 pm (Joe Louis Arena)

The Line: Detroit Red Wings -120 / New York Islanders +109 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

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The New York Islanders and Detroit Red Wings meet Saturday at the Joe Louis Arena.

The New York Islanders are first place in their division with wins in six of their last eight games. The Islanders are averaging 3.2 goals per game and have scored 13 goals in their last three games. The New York Islanders have scored four power play goals in their last five games and have won six of their last seven games when scoring at least three goals overall. John Tavares leads New York with 22 goals, Kyle Okposo has 30 assists and Brock Nelson has 118 shots on goal. Defensively, the Islanders are allowing 2.7 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five straight games. Jaroslav Halak has allowed 83 goals on 955 shots faced and Chad Johnson has given up 39 goals on 299 shots.

Red Wings vs. Islanders - 1/31/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Detroit Red Wings are climbing up the Atlantic with wins in six of their last seven games. The Red Wings are averaging three goals per game and have scored 11 goals in their last three games. The Detroit Red Wings have scored three power play goals in their last four games and have won 14 straight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Tomas Tatar leads Detroit with 21 goals, Henrik Zetterberg has 30 assists and Gustav Nyquist has 108 shots on goal. Defensively, the Red Wings are allowing 2.4 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in six straight games. Jimmy Howard has allowed 65 goals on 812 shots faced and Petr Mrazek has givne up 36 goals on 412 shots.

The Islanders are 20-6 in their last 26 vs. Eastern Conference and 35-16 in their last 51 overall. The Red Wings are 7-3 in their last 10 vs. Metropolitan and 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. The Islanders are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Detroit and 7-1 in the last 8 meetings overall.

Both teams are red hot, which is why I'm taking my chances with the team that's giving me plus money. Besides, the Islanders have beaten the Red Wings in seven of their last eight games. 

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New York Islanders +109

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