New York Islanders vs. Minnesota Wild - 2/19/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Wild (31-20-7) at New York Islanders (29-25-6)
NHL Hockey: Monday, February 19, 2018 at 1:00 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: New York Islanders +109 / Minnesota Wild -120 --- Over/Under: 6 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN, MSG+, TSN
The Minnesota Wild and New York Islanders meet Monday in NHL action at the Barclays Center.
The Minnesota Wild look for a spark of consistency here after splitting their last 10 games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 21 percent of their power play opportunities. Eric Staal leads Minnesota with 26 goals, Ryan Suter has 30 assists and Jason Zucker has 148 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 80.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 101 goals on 1,243 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 54 goals on 630 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed three or more goals in five of their last 10 games.
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The New York Islanders also need a nice win here after splitting their last eight games. The New York Islanders are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 21.9 percent of their power play opportunities. John Tavares leads New York with 30 goals, Josh Bailey has 47 assists and Anders Lee has 151 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 3.6 goals per game and are killing 73.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Jaroslav Halak has given up 122 goals on 1,390 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has allowed 84 goals on 774 shots. The New York Islanders have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 10 games.
The Wild are 6-2 in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference and 12-26 in their last 38 vs. Metropolitan. The Islanders are 25-11 in their last 36 Monday games, 2-5 in their last 7 vs. Western Conference and 1-5 in their last 6 games following a win. The home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and the over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
Neither one of these teams are playing consistent hockey and the defense has been sloppy on both sides. We know the Islanders are trash defensively and give up three goals on a good day. The last three meetings between the Wild and Islanders have produced a combined 29 goals. Eight of the last nine meetings between the Wild and Islanders have produced at least five goals. It's hard not to side with the over here, even if the total is a bit high.