New York Islanders (16-12-4) at Arizona Coyotes (14-16-2)
|Date & Time||Tuesday December 18, 2018, 9:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Arizona Coyotes -137 / New York Islanders +105 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The New York Islanders and Arizona Coyotes meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Gila River Arena.
The New York Islanders look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 14.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Anders Lee leads New York with 11 goals, Mathew Barzal has 23 assists and Josh Bailey has 57 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 77.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Robin Lehner has given up 35 goals on 397 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has allowed 46 goals on 547 shots. The New York Islanders have allowed three or less goals in their last five games.
The Arizona Coyotes could use a feel good victory here after losing five of their last six games. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 16.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Clayton Keller leads Arizona with eight goals, Oliver Ekman-Larsson has 14 assists and Brad Richardson has 57 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 88.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Antti Raanta has given up 33 goals on 351 shots faced and Darcy Kuemper has allowed 36 goals on 397 shots. The Arizona Coyotes have allowed three or more goals in each of their last six games.
The Islanders are 5-1 in their last 6 Tuesday games, 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 2-5 in their last 7 road games. The Coyotes are 1-6 in their last 7 home games, 21-47 in their last 68 Tuesday games and 1-5 in their last 6 overall. The Islanders are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Arizona and the home team is 19-6-2 in the last 27 meetings. The under is 8-2 in Islanders last 10 overall. The over is 5-0 in Coyotes last 5 home games.
The New York Islanders are obviously playing better hockey and haven't had issues winning on the end of a back to back. However, the Arizona Coyotes are better than what they've shown recently and are kind of due for a breakout performance. The home team has also won nine of the last 10 meetings between the Islanders and Coyotes. I'm going to back the Coyotes and the rather cheap price in this contest.