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New York Islanders vs. Anaheim Ducks - 10/16/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Anaheim Ducks (0-2-0) at New York Islanders (0-2-0)

NHL Hockey: Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 6:00 pm (Barclays Center)

The Line: New York Islanders +140 / Anaheim Ducks +155 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds


The Anaheim Ducks and New York Islanders clash Sunday afternoon in a NHL matchup at the Barclays Center.

The Anaheim Ducks will play their third straight road game and are coming off a Saturday loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Ducks just haven’t been sharp on the defensive end, as Anaheim has allowed a combined 65 shots on goal and John Gibson has now allowed 10 goals in his last three regular season games. The good news is that the Ducks had quality looks against Pittsburgh with 35 shot attempts and have scored in four of the six periods played. Andrew Cogliano is coming off a two-goal performance and Ryan Getzlaf has 13 shots on goal. Still, the Anaheim Ducks hope to avoid back-to-back seasons where they get off to 0-3 starts.

New York Islanders vs. Anaheim Ducks - 10/16/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The New York Islanders are also off to a quick 0-2 start to the season after losing to the Washington Capitals on Saturday. The Islanders have allowed seven goals in two games, but Thomas Greiss did come away with 26 nice saves on 28 shots faced in his last outing. The Islanders could also use some help from an offense that has gone scoreless in four of the six periods played. Ryan Strome has one goal on four shot attempts while Casey Cizikas has two assists and two shots. The New York Islanders have lost 11 of their last 14 games when scoring three or less goals. The New York Islanders also hope to avoid a 0-3 start for the first time since the 2009-10 season.

The Ducks are 39-14 in their last 53 Sunday games and 5-0 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest. The Islanders are 2-5 in their last 7 home games and 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Pacific. The road team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

I can't lay that type of juice with both teams struggling and both teams coming off the end of a back-to-back. The Islanders are playing their home opener and have an offense that could add to the Ducks struggles. Also, remember that the Ducks got off a brutal start to last season, so this isn't anything new we're seeing. I'll gladly take the home team in the Islanders for the sweet price. 

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