Vancouver Canucks vs. New York Islanders - 1/6/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Islanders (26-12-1) at Vancouver Canucks (22-12-3)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 10:00 pm (Rogers Arena)
The Line: Vancouver Canucks -120 / New York Islanders +109 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The New York Islanders continue their trip through Western Canada when they take on the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night. Things got off to a great start with victories over the Winnipeg Jets and Calgary Flames, but Sunday night’s effort against the lowly Edmonton Oilers left a lot to be desired. Despite controlling play for much of the opening period the Islanders found themselves trailing 1-0 after a late first period goal from the Oilers. Right off the face off to start the second period the Oilers struck again, scoring just eight seconds into the frame to double their lead. New York would answer with a quick power play goal from Johnny Boycuk but that was as close as the Islanders would get on the night. Edmonton scored another early goal in the third period and even though New York out shot the Oilers 14-4 over the final 20 minutes they weren’t able to chip away. The Oilers cashed in on the empty net to make it 4-1 before adding a fifth goal 17 seconds later. Brock Nelson scored a late power play goal in the 5-2 defeat. This has been an incredible start to the year for the Islanders but they need to prove that they’re a different team this year and can be consistent from start to finish. Right now the Islanders are on the type of trip that can really make a difference in how their season is going to play out. They’ll finish up their trip in Canada on Tuesday night against Vancouver before playing three more on the road in New Jersey, Columbus, and at Madison Square Garden against the Rangers.
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Vancouver enters the contest having alternated wins and losses over their last four games but they’re still sitting pretty in second place in the Pacific Division standings. The Canucks are tied with Los Angeles with 47 points but have played three fewer games than the Kings. Getting away from John Tortorella has proven to be a godsend for this organization this season and while last year it looked like this team might need to really start to rebuild, this year they’ve proven they still have enough talent to make a run. Saturday night the Canucks hosted the Detroit Red Wings and they used a strong goaltending performance from Ryan Miller to come away with a victory. Alexander Edler’s fourth goal of the season came early in the second period with the Canucks on the power play and Vancouver held onto that 1-0 lead until midway through the finale frame. Radim Vrbata then added Vancouver’s second power play tally of the night to make it a 2-0 game. Detroit would get within a goal with under four minutes remaining but that was all Miller would allow on the night. Henrik Sedin added a pair of empty net goals as the Canucks went on to the 4-1 win.
New York should bounce back after that poor performance on Sunday night but like the line shows this one is virtually a toss up. The Islanders still struggle in their own end and they can light the lamp so the total might be the better way to go in this one.