San Jose Sharks vs. New York Islanders - 11/1/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Islanders (6-4-0) at San Jose Sharks (6-4-2)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 10:30 pm (SAP Center)
The Line: San Jose Sharks -187 / New York Islanders +170 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MSG+, CSN-CA, NBCSN
The New York Islanders and San Jose Sharks will play Saturday night at the SAP Center.
The New York Islanders hope to get back on track after losing four of their last six games. The main issue for the Islanders has been their goaltending that’s allowing 3.6 goals per game. Chad Johnson has allowed 15 goals on 115 shots and Jaroslav Halak has allowed 20 goals on 180 shots. The New York Islanders have allowed nine goals in their last two games and have lost eight of their last 14 games when allowing three or more goals. The Islanders have allowed at least one power play goal in three straight games. The offense has really carried the Islanders, as they’re averaging 3.4 goals per game, which is fourth in the league. Brock Nelson leads New York with six goals, Kyle Okposo has eight assists and John Tavares has 32 shots on goal.
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The San Jose Sharks return home after a three-game road trip and have lost five of their last seven games. The Sharks issue has also been goaltending, as they’ve allowed four or more goals in four of their last seven games. The San Jose Sharks have lost seven of their last eight games when allowing three or more goals. Alex Stalock has allowed nine goals on 119 shots and Antti Niemi has allowed 22 goals on 278 shots faced. The good news is that the Sharks have a decent power play killing percentage at 82.1 percent. Offensively, Joe Pavelski is one of three San Jose players with five goals, Brent Burns has nine assists and Logan Couture has 43 shots on goal. John Scott will return from his suspension.
The Islanders are 6-2 in their last 8 road games and 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. The Sharks are 47-18 in their last 65 home games and 2-9 in their last 11 games playing on 1 days rest. The Islanders are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in San Jose.
While the San Jose Sharks are the better team, do you really trust them with the insane juice to win this game? The Sharks should win but with the way they've been playing, I'll take my chances with the Islanders and the plus money.