New York Islanders (6-5-0) at Anaheim Ducks (10-3-0)
|Date & Time||Wednesday November 5, 2014, 10:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Anaheim Ducks / New York Islanders --- Over/Under:
The New York Islanders and Anaheim Ducks play Wednesday night at the Honda Center.
The New York Islanders have lost three straight games and hope to avoid falling to a .500 record. The issue for the Islanders continues to be their defense, as they’re allowing 3.5 goals per game and have given up 12 goals in their last three games. A lot of these goals are being allowed on the power play, as the Islanders have the worst power play killing percentage at 64.7 percent. Overall, the New York Islanders have lost nine of their last 15 games when allowing three or more goals. Jaroslav Halak has allowed 23 goals on 211 shots and Chad Johnson has given up 15 goals on 115 shots. Offensively, Brock Nelson leads the Islanders with six goals, John Tavares has eight assists and Kyle Okposo has 38 shots on goal. The Islanders have been held to just one goal in their last two games.
The Anaheim Ducks have won three of their last four games and are in first place in the Pacific Division. While a balanced team, the Ducks defense has been incredible, allowing two or less goals in eight of their last nine games. The Anaheim Ducks haven’t allowed a power play goal in four straight games and they’ve won 19 of their last 20 games when allowing two or less goals. Frederik Andersen has allowed 13 goals on 221 shots and Jason LaBarbera has allowed two goals on 18 shots. LaBarbera will likely get this start with Anderson listed as doubtful. Offensively, Corey Perry has 11 goals, Matt Beleskey has five assists and Ryan Kesler has 37 shots on goal. This is the first home game for the Ducks since returning from a four-game road trip.
The Islanders are 4-10 in their last 14 vs. Western Conference and 15-36 in their last 51 games playing on 3 or more days rest. The Ducks are 7-1 in their last 8 games playing on 2 days rest and 37-16 in their last 53 home games. The Islanders are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Anaheim, while the home team is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.
The Anaheim Ducks have been on a roll recently, while the Islanders are starting to show their true colors. The Ducks have owned the Islanders over the years and it's tough to see that changing in this matchup. Take the Ducks.