New York Islanders (22-15-2) vs. Edmonton Oilers (20-17-2)
January 5, 2023 9:00 pm EDT
The Line: Edmonton Oilers -145 / New York Islanders +118; Over/Under: +6.5
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The New York Islanders and Edmonton Oilers meet Thursday in NHL action at the Rogers Place. The New York Islanders have won 4 of their last 5 games. The Edmonton Oilers have lost 6 of their last 9 games.
The New York Islanders are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 18.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Brock Nelson leads New York with 15 goals, Mathew Barzal has 30 assists and Anders Lee has 115 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 81.6 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Ilya Sorokin has given up 62 goals on 835 shots faced, and Semyon Varlamov has allowed 31 goals on 381 shots.
The Edmonton Oilers are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 32.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Connor McDavid leads Edmonton with 33 goals, Leon Draisaitl has 37 assists and Zach Hyman has 143 shots on goal. Defensively, the Edmonton Oilers are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 73 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Jack Campbell has allowed 59 goals on 478 shots faced, and Stuart Skinner has given up 67 goals on 781 shots.
The Islanders are 2-5 in their last 7 road games and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Oilers are 0-5 in their last 5 home games and 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. The over is 6-2 in Islanders last 8 road games. The over is 15-5-2 in Oilers last 22 overall. The Islanders are 1-9 in the last 10 meetings in Edmonton. The favorite is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The home team is 21-5 in the last 26 meetings.
The Edmonton Oilers are going to get the benefit of the doubt on their home ice, but they’re not playing well right now. Also, as I’ve said time and time again over the years, the New York Islanders are one of those teams I like to back in the underdog role because of being well coached and their defense. You’re going to get a chance to cash every time with the Islanders. Give me the plus money.