Montreal Canadiens vs. New York Islanders - 11/5/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Islanders (7-3-3) at Montreal Canadiens (11-2-1)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Bell Centre)
The Line: Montreal Canadiens / New York Islanders --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: MSG+, RDS
The New York Islanders and Montreal Canadiens meet Thursday night at the Bell Centre.
The New York Islanders look for a nice road win after splitting their last eight games. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 27.6 percent of their power plays. John Tavares leads New York with five goals, Kyle Okposo has six assists and Frans Nielsen has 37 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 90.9 percent of their power play chances. Jaroslav Halak has allowed 10 goals on 157 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has given up 15 goals on 197 shots. Halak has given up three goals in his last three games.
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The Montreal Canadiens look to keep the puck rolling after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 24 percent of their power plays. Max Pacioretty leads Montreal with seven goals, Andrei Markov has 12 assists and Dale Weise has 34 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 1.9 goals per game and are killing 89.1 percent of their power play chances. Mike Condon has allowed eight goals on 135 shots faced and Carey Price has given up 18 goals on 283 shots. Price has given up 12 goals in his last three games.
The Islanders are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 2-5 in their last 7 road games. The Canadiens are 10-4 in their last 14 games playing on 1 days rest and 6-1 in their last 7 home games. The Islanders are 8-17 in the last 25 meetings in Montreal and 1-6 in the last 7 meetings overall.
The Montreal Canadiens have beaten the Islanders in six of the last seven meetings. When you add in the way Montreal has started this season, it's damn near impossible not to pick the home team. The Canadiens are just steamrolling whoever gets in the way at the moment.