New York Islanders (21-14-2) vs. Seattle Kraken (18-12-4)
January 1, 2023 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: Seattle Kraken -111 / New York Islanders -111; Over/Under: +6
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The New York Islanders and Seattle Kraken meet Sunday in NHL action at the Climate Pledge Arena. The New York Islanders have split their last 8 games. The Seattle Kraken have lost 5 of their last 7 games.
The New York Islanders are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 18.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Brock Nelson leads New York with 15 goals, Mathew Barzal has 28 assists and Anders Lee has 110 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 82.1 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Ilya Sorokin has given up 57 goals on 775 shots faced, and Semyon Varlamov has allowed 31 goals on 381 shots.
The Seattle Kraken are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 21 percent of their power play opportunities. Jared McCann leads Seattle with 16 goals, Jordan Eberle has 19 assists, and Oliver Bjorkstrand has 88 shots on goal. Defensively, the Seattle Kraken are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 69.2 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Philipp Grubauer has given up 38 goals on 320 shots faced, and Martin Jones has allowed 68 goals on 597 shots.
The Islanders are 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 6-0 in their last 6 vs. Pacific. The Kraken are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference and 3-8 in their last 11 overall. The over is 5-1 in Islanders last 6 road games. The under is 29-10-3 in Islanders last 42 Sunday games. The under is 10-3-1 in Kraken last 14 home games. The under is 6-0-1 in Kraken last 7 vs. Metropolitan.
The New York Islanders are still a team that I’m just not ready to give up on, as they get after it defensively, and they’re a well coached bunch. The Seattle Kraken have been sluggish these last couple of weeks, and they still have defensive issues they need to iron out. The Kraken will have the edge at home, but I can’t turn down the Islanders and the cheap price. I’ll side with the Islanders in a bounce back victory.