Colorado Avalanche vs. New York Islanders - 2/19/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction

Colorado Avalanche vs. New York Islanders - 2/19/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction Photo by Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

New York Islanders at Colorado Avalanche

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 10:00 PM (Pepsi Center)

New York Islanders at Colorado Avalanche

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The New York Islanders and Colorado Avalanche meet Wednesday in NHL action at the Pepsi Center.

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 18.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Brock Nelson leads New York with 21 goals, Mathew Barzal has 30 assists and Anthony Beauvillier has 111 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 80.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 87 goals on 1,062 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 nine games.

The Colorado Avalanche need a win here to snap a three-game losing streak. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 19.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Nathan MacKinnon leads Colorado with 33 goals, Cale Makar has 31 assists and Gabriel Landeskog has 111 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 79 percent of their opponents power plays. Philipp Grubauer has allowed 90 goals on 1,067 shots and Pavel Francouz has allowed 52 goals on 663 shots. The Colorado Avalanche have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last eight games.

The Islanders are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest, 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 15-5 in their last 20 vs. Central. The Avalanche are 4-0 in their last 4 Wednesday games, 8-3 in their last 11 games as a favorite and 35-17 in their last 52 games playing on 1 days rest. The under is 38-18-4 in Islanders last 60 road games. The under is 6-1 in Avalanche last 7 overall. The Islanders are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Colorado and 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.

The New York Islanders have won five of the last six meetings against the Avalanche, including a shutout victory last month, but they've cooled off drastically over the last few weeks and have provided no value in the underdog role. The Colorado Avalanche were hot before this three-game losing streak, but their defense has been so consistent that they're easy to trust for a rebound victory, especially at home. I'll take the Avalanche and the somewhat reasonable price. 

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Randy’s Pick Colorado Avalanche -154

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