Blackhawks at Islanders - 10/9/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Blackhawks (0-1-0) at New York Islanders (0-0-0)
NHL Hockey: Friday, October 9, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: New York Islanders / Chicago Blackhawks --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNC, MSG+, NHL
The Chicago Blackhawks and New York Islanders square off Friday night at the Barclays Center.
The Chicago Blackhawks look to rebound after losing their home season opener to the New York Rangers. The Blackhawks scored twice on 34 shot attempts and really turned things up defensively after an emotional and disappointing first period. Teuvo Teravainen has one of Chicago’s goals, Jonathan Toews has an assist and Patrick Kane leads the Blackhawks with five shots on goal. Defensively, Corey Crawford has allowed three goals on 27 shots faced and didn’t allow a single goal in the final two periods. The Chicago Blackhawks have split their last eight regular season road games. However, the Blackhawks won six of their last nine road games in the postseason.
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The New York Islanders hope to make the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 02-03. The Islanders finished last year ranked fourth with an average of 2.99 goals scored per game. John Tavares returns after leading New York with 38 goals, Anders Lee had 16 assists and Brock Nelson had 190 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders were ranked 23rd in the league with an average of 2.73 goals allowed per game. Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Greiss will take over for the Islanders at goaltender this season. Jaroslav Halak is questionable with an upper-body injury.
The Blackhawks are 9-3 in their last 12 games playing on 1 days rest and 13-6 in their last 19 overall. The Islanders are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Western Conference and 10-3 in their last 13 Friday games. The Blackhawks are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in New York and 5-2 in the last 7 meetings overall.
Now that the emotions of winning last year's cup are gone and there's no more pressure of the home crowd, the Blackhawks can relax a bit. While the Islanders have a point to prove as well, I think Chicago bounces back with a victory here.