New York Islanders vs. Vancouver Canucks - 10/22/13
Vancouver Canucks (5-4-1) at New York Islanders (3-3-2)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Nassau Coliseum)
The Line: New York Islanders +100 / Vancouver Canucks -110 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Canucks and Islanders square off in New York as both teams look to avenge a loss and move up the standings in their respective divisions.
The Canucks come into New York after a convincing loss on the road against the Columbus Blue Jackets and they’ll hope that re-inserting Roberto Luongo in the crease will get them back in the win column. The Canucks have played ten games this season and have won just five leaving them in the middle of the Pacific division with 11 points and they’ll have to refocus here if they want to stay in the conversation of Western Conference powers. The Canucks have a large portion of their team back this season but they haven’t been able to generate nearly as much offense as we’re used to seeing and that not only includes Henrik and Daniel Sedin but from the blue line as well as Alex Edler and Kevin Bieksa have been very quiet.
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The Islanders made the postseason last year and as such expectations are through the roof for them this season as they have finally made the push from league doormat, to transition team, to postseason contender. John Tavares leads a young, but impressive forward unit that can score goals with the best of them and the ex-factor for this team has been the play of Evgeni Nabokov who serves as one of the game’s most underrated goaltenders. The Isles are coming off a loss but have looked quite strong this season and now catch a Canucks team in the middle of a road trip and reeling after a loss to the Jackets. John Tortorella has seen plenty of the Islanders but the relationship is twofold and I think the Isles get the best of Vancouver in this spot in what should be another tightly contested affair.