New Jersey Devils vs. New York Islanders - 3/31/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Islanders (32-36-10) at New Jersey Devils (40-28-9)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Prudential Center)
The Line: New Jersey Devils -225 / New York Islanders +201 --- Over/Under: 6 See the Latest Odds
The New York Islanders and New Jersey Devils meet Saturday in NHL action at the Prudential Center.
The New York Islanders could use a feel good victory here after losing 10 of their last 13 games. The New York Islanders are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 22.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Anders Lee leads New York with 39 goals, Mathew Barzal has 58 assists and John Tavares has 240 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 3.6 goals per game and are killing 74.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Jaroslav Halak has given up 160 goals on 1,709 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has allowed 84 goals on 774 shots. The New York Islanders have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 13 games.
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The New Jersey Devils look for another solid victory after winning six of their last nine games. The New Jersey Devils are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 21 percent of their power play opportunities. Taylor Hall leads New Jersey with 34 goals, Will Butcher has 37 assists and Nico Hischier has 170 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing three goals per game and are killing 82.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Cory Schneider has given up 109 goals on 1,202 shots faced and Keith Kinkaid has allowed 99 goals on 1,102 shots. The New Jersey Devils have allowed three or more goals in five of their last six games.
The Islanders are 2-7 in their last 9 road games, 3-7 in their last 10 games playing on 0 days rest and 16-35 in their last 51 overall. The Devils are 5-0 in their last 5 Saturday games, 17-35 in their last 52 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference. The Islanders are 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in New Jersey, 13-4 in the last 17 meetings and the home team is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings.
I'm not into laying heavy juice, but there's no way I'm going to take a chance with the Islanders in their current form and with them on the end of a back to back. The Islanders can't keep the puck out of their own net on a good night, and they've been even worse on the road. The New Jersey Devils are playing some really consistent hockey down the stretch and need to keep winning to inch closer to a playoff spot. Give me the Devils and the puck line to increase the value of the bet.