New Jersey Devils (8-11-3) at New York Islanders (16-6-4)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Nassau Coliseum)
The Line: New York Islanders -210 / New Jersey Devils +175 --- Over/Under: 5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The New Jersey Devils and the New York Islanders meet in NHL action from the Nassau Coliseum on Thursday night.
The New Jersey Devils will look to rebound from a 5-4 loss to the Washington Capitals in OT in their last matchup. Pavel Zacha leads the Devils in scoring with 16 points including a team-high 10 assists and 6 goals while Jack Hughes has 13 points with 5 goals and 8 assists. Myles Wood has 12 points with a team-high 8 goals while Ty Smith also sits on 12 points with 10 assists of his own this season. Kyle Palmieri and P.K. Subban each have 10 points with Palmieri logging 4 goals and 6 assists and Subban chipping in 8 assists as well this season. MacKenzie Blackwood continues to lead the Devils in goal, picking up 5 wins with a 2.97 GAA in 12 appearances this season.
The New York Islanders will look to build on their 2-1 win over Boston in their last matchup. Mathew Barzal leads the Isles in scoring with 23 points including 9 goals and 14 assists while Anders Lee has 18 points with a team-high 12 goals and 6 assists. J-G Pageau has 17 points with 9 goals and 8 helpers while Nick Leddy and Jordan Eberle each have 16 points with Leddy adding 15 assists while Eberle has 9 goals and 7 apples. Brock Nelson sits on 15 points with 10 goals and Josh Bailey has 13 points with 11 assists this season. Semyon Varlamov continues to see the bulk of the action in goal for the Islanders, picking up 12 wins with 3 shutouts and a 2.03 GAA in 19 appearances this season.
New Jersey is 1-6 in their last 7 games overall and 25-63 in their last 88 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games as a road underdog. New York is 6-0 in their last 6 games overall and 5-0 in their last 5 games following a win while the over is 5-0-1 in their last 6 games as a home favorite. New Jersey is 7-20 in the last 27 meetings between these two teams and 2-11 in the last 13 meetings between these two teams in New York.
I get why the plus money with the Devils is tempting, as New Jersey’s been at their best on the road this season. However, the Devils haven’t been at their best lately, losing 8 of their last 10 games and a matchup against another one of the league’s best in the Islanders, especially with New York at home, isn’t going to help matters. The Islanders have been a different beast at home this season, picking up points in all 13 games to this point and I just think you have to keep riding the Isles at home as New York’s not a team I’m looking to step in front of right now. I’ll back the Islanders on the puck line as I think they win this one by at least a couple of goals.