Chicago Blackhawks (7-12-4) vs. New York Islanders (15-10)
December 4, 2022 7:30 pm EDT
The Line: New York Islanders -227 / Chicago Blackhawks +180; Over/Under: +6
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The Chicago Blackhawks and the New York Islanders meet in NHL action from the UBS Arena on Sunday.
The Chicago Blackhawks will look to build on their 5-2 win over the New York Rangers last time out. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 20 points coming with a team-high 16 assists while Jonathan Toews has 14 points with goals. Max Domi also has 19 points with a team-high 9 goals and 10 assists as well this season. Petr Mrazek has gone 2-5-1 with a 4.05 GAA and an .884 save percentage while Alex Stalock is 3-2-1 with a 2.93 GAA and a .914 save percentage in goal for Chicago this season.
The New York Islanders will hope to bounce back from a 4-1 loss to Nashville last time out. Mathew Barzal has 27 points with a team-high 24 assists while Brock Nelson has 24 points with a team-high 11 goals and 13 assists and Anders Lee has 19 points with 8 goals and 11 assists. Ilya Sorokin has gone 10-7 with a 2.17 GAA and a .932 save percentage while Semyon Varlamov is 5-3 with a 2.84 GAA and a .916 save percentage so far this season.
Chicago is 1-10 in their last 11 Sunday games and 1-6 in their last 7 games against the Eastern Conference while the over is 7-1 in their last 8 games overall. New York is 0-4 in their last 4 games against the Central division and 1-5 in their last 6 Sunday games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall.
I get the case to be made either way in this game, but I’m leaning towards the under here. I just think this ends up being a first to 3 wins kind of game, not because the Islanders aren’t the far better team, but it’s that style they like to play, physical gritty hockey that makes it hard for teams like Chicago to get out with a result. I will take the under here.