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Arizona Coyotes vs New York Islanders 12/16/22 NHL Picks, Predictions, Odds

New York Islanders (17-12-1) vs. Arizona Coyotes (9-14-4)
December 16, 2022 9:30 pm EDT
The Line: Arizona Coyotes +162 / New York Islanders -196; Over/Under: +6
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The New York Islanders and Arizona Coyotes meet Friday in NHL action at the Mullett Arena. The New York Islanders have lost 5 of their last 7 games. The Arizona Coyotes have lost 7 of their last 9 games.

The New York Islanders are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 22.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Brock Nelson leads New York with 14 goals, Mathew Barzal has 27 assists and Noah Dobson has 89 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 81.1 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Ilya Sorokin has given up 45 goals on 601 shots faced, and Semyon Varlamov has allowed 29 goals on 344 shots.

The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 21.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Lawson Crouse leads Arizona with 13 goals, Matias Maccelli has 18 assists and Shayne Gostisbehere has 58 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 3.6 goals per game and are killing 75.9 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Karel Vejmelka has given up 61 goals on 698 shots faced, and Connor Ingram has allowed 33 goals on 247 shots.

The Islanders are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The Coyotes are 15-38 in their last 53 home games and 16-36 in their last 52 overall. The under is 11-4 in Islanders last 15 Friday games. The over is 5-2-2 in Coyotes last 9 games playing on 2 days rest. The Islanders are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The favorite is 18-6 in the last 24 meetings. The home team is 18-6 in the last 24 meetings.

The New York Islanders usually don’t string together losses, and they’ve had a great deal of success against losing teams over the years. The Arizona Coyotes just can’t get out of their own way due to a defense that’s absolutely awful, and playing at home hasn’t helped all that much. The Coyotes have made bettors money this season because of these inflated lines, but they’re hard to back from day to day. Give me the Islanders and the PL for max betting value.

Randy Chambers's Free Pick: New York Islanders -1.5

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