Arizona Coyotes vs. New York Islanders - 2/17/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction

Arizona Coyotes vs. New York Islanders - 2/17/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction Photo by Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

New York Islanders at Arizona Coyotes

Monday, February 17, 2020 at 4:00 PM (Gila River Arena)

New York Islanders at Arizona Coyotes

TV: FSAZ, MSG+

The New York Islanders and Arizona Coyotes meet Monday in NHL action at the Gila River Arena.

The New York Islanders need a win after splitting their last 10 games. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 18.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Brock Nelson leads New York with 21 goals, Mathew Barzal has 30 assists and Anthony Beauvillier has 108 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 79.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 85 goals on 1,030 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has allowed 64 goals on 766 shots. The New York Islanders have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last eight games.

The Arizona Coyotes need a win after losing nine of their last 12 games. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 19.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Conor Garland leads Arizona with 19 goals, Nick Schmaltz has 32 assists and Oliver Ekman-Larsson has 116 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 83.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Darcy Kuemper has given up 55 goals on 772 shots faced and Antti Raanta has allowed 73 goals on 882 shots. The Arizona Coyotes have allowed three or more goals in 11 of their last 14 games.

The Islanders are 2-5 in their last 7 road games, 2-6 in their last 8 vs. Pacific and 1-5 in their last 6 games as a road underdog. The Coyotes are 5-1 in their last 6 Monday games, 2-6 in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-12 in their last 16 overall. The under is 37-18-4 in Islanders last 59 road games. The under is 4-0 in Coyotes last 4 overall. The Islanders are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Arizona and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The home team is 16-5 in the last 21 meetings.

The New York Islanders are playing better hockey overall and have won seven of their last 10 games against the Coyotes, but they've also cooled off drastically over the last month and have been rough on the road in these exact spots. The Arizona Coyotes looked like they were left for dead before playing a brilliant 60 minutes against the Washington Capitals, the type of performance that could give them the needed boost as they continue to fight in a crowded playoff race. I'll take the Coyotes at home and the cheap price based on what we saw Saturday. 

Randy’s Pick Arizona Coyotes -120

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.