Islanders vs. Wild - 2/2/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Wild (23-17-9) at New York Islanders (25-16-6)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: New York Islanders -133 / Minnesota Wild +110 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN, MSG+
The Minnesota Wild and New York Islanders meet Tuesday night at the Barclays Center.
The Minnesota Wild could use a nice victory after losing eight of their last 10 games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 17.1 percent of their power plays. Zach Parise leads Minnesota with 17 goals, Mikko Koivu has 25 assists and Thomas Vanek has 97 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 80 percent of their power play chances. Devan Dubnyk has allowed 85 goals on 1,093 shots faced and Darcy Kuemper has given up 23 goals on 312 shots. Dubnyk has allowed five goals in his last three games.
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The New York Islanders look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 17.5 percent of their power plays. Brock Nelson leads New York with 19 goals, John Tavares has 18 assists and Frans Nielsen has 118 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 87.2 percent of their power play chances. Jaroslav Halak has allowed 55 goals on 715 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has given up 47 goals on 648 shots. Halak has allowed six goals in his last three games.
The Wild are 0-5 in their last 5 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 7-15 in their last 22 road games. The Islanders are 12-4 in their last 16 vs. Western Conference and 6-1 in their last 7 vs. Central. The road team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Wild are simply in bad form right now and haven't done well with extended rest. The Islanders have done a nice job of beating up on the West and have the advantage with them being at home. I like New York here.