Vancouver Canucks vs. New York Islanders - 3/10/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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New York Islanders (35-23-9) at Vancouver Canucks (35-27-6)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 10:00 pm (Rogers Arena)
The Line: Vancouver Canucks -120 / New York Islanders +109 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV: MSG+, RSNP
The New York Islanders and Vancouver Canucks meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Rogers Arena.
The New York Islanders need a win here to snap a six-game losing streak. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 17.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Brock Nelson leads New York with 24 goals, Mathew Barzal has 40 assists and Anthony Beauvillier has 128 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 81 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 106 goals on 1,244 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has allowed 73 goals on 838 shots. The New York Islanders have allowed three or more goals in 14 of their last 18 games.
The Vancouver Canucks need a win after losing five of their last six games. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 23.5 percent of their power play opportunities. JT Miller leads Vancouver with 27 goals, Quinn Hughes has 44 assists and Tanner Pearson has 164 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 80.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up 117 goals on 1,420 shots faced and Thatcher Demko has allowed 74 goals on 773 shots. The Vancouver Canucks have allowed three or more goals in 14 of their last 17 games.
The Islanders are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. Western Conference, 1-10 in their last 11 games as an underdog and 0-6 in their last 6 overall. The Canucks are 13-5 in their last 18 home games, 0-5 in their last 5 games as a favorite and 1-5 in their last 6 overall. The under is 9-3 in Islanders last 12 overall. The over is 8-2 in Canucks last 10 overall. The Islanders are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings. The favorite is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings.
Both of these teams have gone ice cold at the worst possible time of the season, so this is a spot where I usually side with the plus money and hope for the best. However, the New York Islanders have burned me more times than not when I just give them the benefit of the doubt and just assume they're going to turn things around. Not falling for it this time. In a battle between two struggling clubs, give me the home team and the cheap price.