New York Islanders vs. Montreal Canadiens - 3/3/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Montreal Canadiens (30-28-9) at New York Islanders (35-21-8)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: New York Islanders -139 / Montreal Canadiens +126 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV: TSN2, MSG+
The Montreal Canadiens and New York Islanders meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The Montreal Canadiens need a win after splitting their last six games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 18.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Tomas Tatar leads Montreal with 22 goals, Max Domi has 27 assists and Brendan Gallagher has 217 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 78.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 150 goals on 1,674 shots faced and Keith Kinkaid has allowed 24 goals on 192 shots. The Montreal Canadiens have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 14 games.
The New York Islanders need a win after losing seven of their last nine games. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 18.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Brock Nelson leads New York with 23 goals, Mathew Barzal has 38 assists and Anthony Beauvillier has 124 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 81 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 100 goals on 1,201 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has allowed 67 goals on 798 shots. The New York Islanders have allowed three or more goals in 11 of their last 15 games.
The Canadiens are 2-5 in their last 7 games as a road underdog, 2-6 in their last 8 games playing on 2 days rest and 3-7 in their last 10 overall. The Islanders are 7-1 in their last 8 games playing on 2 days rest, 5-1 in their last 6 games as a favorite and 5-2 in their last 7 home games. The over is 6-1 in Canadiens last 7 overall. The under is 8-1 in Islanders last 9 overall. The Canadiens are 8-2 in the last 10 meetings in New York and 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
The Montreal Canadiens haven't been the best team on the road or in the underdog role, but you can argue they're the team playing the better hockey entering this contest and they've won five of the last six meetings against the Islanders. The New York Islanders continues to play losing hockey, and while they play their best hockey at home, they're not a club I'm running to the window to put on in the favorite role. I'll take the Habs and the plus money as more of a fade from the Islanders.