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Detroit Red Wings vs. New York Islanders - 2/21/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Islanders (27-21-10) at Detroit Red Wings (24-25-10)
Date & Time Tuesday February 21, 2017, 7:30 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Detroit Red Wings +102 / New York Islanders -113 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Detroit Red Wings look to continue their recent surge as they host the New York Islanders at the Joe on Tuesday night.

The Islanders look for their first win of the season against the Red Wings as both teams jostle for positioning in the Eastern Conference in what should be a pretty exciting contest between two teams playing pretty well at the moment. New York came into the season projected as one of the top teams in the Metro division but a very slow start and a woeful road record plagued them from joining the circles of the league’s elite prior to the all-star game. However, the Isles have gone on a tear and have played their way back into the playoff discussion ever since they fired Jack Capuano and replaced him with Doug Weight and if they can continue their strong play down the stretch they should be right in the mix until season’s end.

The Red Wings meanwhile have been the model franchise in the NHL over the last quarter century as they have qualified for the postseason in each and every one of those campaigns but their luck may finally be running out. The Wings have taken a big step back this season and could finally be in line for a rebuild as they sit second to last in the Eastern Conference and need a big time reversal of course if they’re going to get into the playoffs. Detroit is coming off back to back wins against the Caps and Penguins but they are still a modest 4-10 in their last 14 games and are certainly due for a let down in this one. Petr Mrazek is expected to get the start as he will face off against Thomas Greiss.

The Isles are 6-0 in their last six when their opponent scores five or more goals in their previous outing and 19-7 in their last 26 Tuesday games while the Red Wings are 0-5 in their last five games with one day’s rest and 3-8 in their last 11 against the Eastern Conference. Detroit got two big wins against two very good teams but they get back to losing here as New York gets the victory on the road.

New York Islanders -113
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