Islanders vs. Stars - 1/3/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Dallas Stars (28-8-4) at New York Islanders (21-13-5)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, January 3, 2016 at 5:00 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: New York Islanders -113 / Dallas Stars +102 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSW, MSG+
The Dallas Stars and New York Islanders square off Sunday afternoon at the Barclays Center.
The Dallas Stars look for another victory after winning six of their last 10 games. The Dallas Stars are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 22.8 percent of their power plays. Jamie Benn leads Dallas with 24 goals, Tyler Seguin has 27 assists and Patrick Sharp has 123 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 80.7 percent of their power play chances. Antti Niemi has allowed 58 goals on 710 shots faced and Kari Lehtonen has given up 39 goals on 438 shots. Niemi has allowed six goals in his last three games.
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The New York Islanders could use a victory after losing five of their last eight games. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 17.9 percent of their power plays. John Tavares leads New York with 15 goals, Kyle Okposo has 20 assists and Frans Nielsen has 99 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 86 percent of their power play chances. Jaroslav Halak has allowed 41 goals on 531 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has given up 40 goals on 587 shots. Halak has allowed seven goals in his last three games.
The Stars are 17-37 in their last 54 games playing on 0 days rest and 20-6 in their last 26 vs. Eastern Conference. The Islanders are 1-4 in their last 5 Sunday games and 11-3 in their last 14 vs. Western Conference. The over is 7-2-1 in the last 10 meetings.
Both teams played yesterday and on a quick turnaround, I have to give the home team the edge here. The Islanders are more desprate for the victory and have beaten up on the West. I like the value of New York here.