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Minnesota Wild vs New York Islanders prediction 1-15-24 Picks

New York Islanders (19-13-10) vs. Minnesota Wild (17-20-5)
January 15, 2024 6:00 pm EDT
The Line: Minnesota Wild -130 / New York Islanders +105; Over/Under: +6.5
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The New York Islanders and the Minnesota Wild meet in NHL action from the Xcel Energy Center on Monday night. Who comes out on top in this interconference matchup? Let’s dive in and find out with our Islanders vs. Wild Prediction.

New York Islanders Team Preview

The New York Islanders come into this one looking to rebound from a 3-1 loss to Nashville last time out. Mathew Barzal leads the Islanders in scoring with 45 points including 12 goals and 33 assists while Noah Dobson has 43 points with a team-high 37 assists of his own and Brock Nelson’s added 35 points with a team-high 19 goals this season. Bo Horvat’s also chipped in 40 points with 17 goals and 23 assists and Kyle Palmieri has 23 points with 10 goals and 13 assists. Ilya Sorokin has posted a 13-9-8 record in goal for the Islanders this season with a 3.16 GAA and a .909 save percentage while Semyon Varlamov is 6-4-2 with a 2.78 GAA and a .918 save percentage this season.

New York Islanders Team Facts

  • The Islanders have won four of their last five games as underdogs following a road loss.
  • The Islanders have covered the puck line in 15 of their last 16 games as underdogs.
  • The Islanders have lost the third period in four of their last five games as underdogs following a road loss.
  • The ‘Over 1.5 Goals Period 2′ market has hit in each of the Islanders’ last 14 games as underdogs.

Minnesota Wild Team Preview

The Minnesota Wild come into this one looking to snap a four-game losing skid after a 6-0 loss to Arizona last time out. Kirill Kaprizov leads the Wild in scoring with 34 points including 13 goals and 21 assists while Mats Zuccarello has 30 points with a team-high 24 assists. Joel Eriksson Ek has 28 points with a team-high 15 goals while Matt Boldy has 27 points with 15 goals and 12 assists and Marco Rossi has 24 points with 12 goals and 12 assists as well. Filip Gustavsson has posted a 10-10-2 record with a 3.13 GAA and an .898 save percentage while Marc-Andre Fleury is 7-9-3 with a 3.12 GAA and an .893 save percentage this season.

Minnesota Wild Team Facts

  • The Wild have lost each of their last six games at Xcel Energy Center.
  • The Wild have failed to cover the puck line in eight of their last nine games as home favorites against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • The ‘Over 1.5 Goals Period 3’ market has hit in each of the Wild’s last seven games against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • The Wild have lost the third period in five of their last six home games.

Islanders vs. Wild Prediction

I’m backing the Islanders here. It’s just so hard to back the Wild here, even at home with how they’ve been struggling. The Islanders haven’t been playing a whole lot better, but they are the better team in recent games and I think the Islanders get the job done at a more favorabele price in this one.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: New York Islanders +108

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Chris joined the Sports Chat Place team in August 2016 and has a proven system that combines multiple analytical and situational statistics and trends to give out thousands of winning picks over the last three years with winning records across all of the top leagues, Follow Chris Ruffolo on Twitter @ruffthepickdawg

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