Canadiens vs. Islanders - 1/17/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Islanders (30-13-1) at Montreal Canadiens (27-13-3)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Bell Centre)
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -137 / New York Islanders +124 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The New York Islanders and Montreal Canadiens play Saturday night at the Bell Centre.
The New York Islanders are first in their division by winning four straight games. The Islanders are averaging three goals per game and have scored 14 goals in their last three games. The New York Islanders have scored one power play goal in their last five games and have won six straight games when scoring at least three goals overall. John Tavares leads New York with 19 goals, Kyle Okposo has 28 assists and Brock Nelson has 112 shots on goal. Defensively, the Islanders are allowing 2.7 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five of their last seven games. Chad Johnson has allowed 39 goals on 297 shots faced and Jaroslav Halak has given up 72 goals on 852 shots faced.
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The Montreal Canadiens are second in the Atlantic and have split their last six games. The Canadiens are averaging 2.6 goals per game and have scored five goals in their last three games. The Montreal Canadiens have scored three power play goals in their last two games and have won nine straight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Max Pacioretty leads Montreal with 21 goals, P.K. Subban has 19 assists and Tomas Plekanec has 126 shots on goal. Defensively, the Canadiens are allowing 2.3 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in six of their last 10 games. Carey Price has allowed 76 goals on 1,041 shots faced and Dustin Tokarski has given up 20 goals on 258 shots.
The Islanders are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 0 days rest and 5-2 in their last 7 road games. The Canadiens are 37-17 in their last 54 vs. Eastern Conference and 6-1 in their last 7 vs. Metropolitan. The Islanders are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings.
The Islanders have to cool off eventually and it might as well be against a rested Montreal Canadiens squad on the road. Montreal has beaten up the Islanders as of late and should do a nice job of protecting home ice.