Montreal Canadiens (17-22-3) vs. New York Islanders (22-18-3)
January 14, 2023 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: New York Islanders -227 / Montreal Canadiens +175; Over/Under: +5.5
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The Montreal Canadiens and New York Islanders meet Saturday in NHL action at the UBS Arena. The Montreal Canadiens have lost 8 of their last 10 games. The New York Islanders have lost 4 straight games.
The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 15.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Cole Caufield leads Montreal with 25 goals, Nick Suzuki has 20 assists and Josh Anderson has 89 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 3.8 goals per game and are killing 74.5 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Jake Allen has given up 95 goals on 882 shots faced, and Sam Montembeault has allowed 51 goals on 521 shots.
The New York Islanders are averaging 3 goals per game and are scoring on 18.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Brock Nelson leads New York with 15 goals, Mathew Barzal has 30 assists and Anders Lee has 121 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 82.2 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Ilya Sorokin has given up 69 goals on 934 shots faced, and Semyon Varlamov has allowed 35 goals on 402 shots.
The Canadiens are 19-47 in their last 66 road games and 40-89 in their last 129 overall. The Islanders are 10-4 in their last 14 vs. Eastern Conference and 0-4 in their last 4 overall. The over is 5-2 in Canadiens last 7 overall. The under is 4-0 in Islanders last 4 overall. The Canadiens are 10-2 in the last 12 meetings in New York and 17-7 in the last 24 meetings. The road team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings. The favorite is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The Montreal Canadiens just don’t win on the road, and they don’t beat good teams, so this likely isn’t a spot where they get out of this drought. The New York Islanders have lost 4 straight games, but this matchup is just what the doctor ordered. The Habs have been awful for much of the season. Give me the Islanders and the PL for max betting value.