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Detroit Red Wings vs. New York Islanders - 2/3/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Islanders (22-17-9) at Detroit Red Wings (20-21-9)
Date & Time Friday February 3, 2017, 7:30 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Detroit Red Wings -115 / New York Islanders +104 --- Over/Under: 5
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The New York Islanders visit Joe Louis Arena for an NHL hockey tilt with the Detroit Red Wings.

I know many have expected to see more from the New York Islanders this season and perhaps those expectations are about to be met. The Islanders have picked up points in seven straight after downing Washington 3-2 Tuesday and are now on a  5-0-1 run. The balance New York attack featured goals from Ryan Strome, Johnny Boychuk and Alan Quine to make a winner of Thomas Greiss who stopped 28 shots. The Washington offense came off the sticks of Evgeny Kuznetsov and Alex Ovechkin with Philipp Grubauer absorbing the loss for the league leading Capitals despite 26 saves.

The Detroit Red Wings dug themselves an early hole against the visiting New Jersey Devils and could not climb out and the result was a 4-3 loss on Tuesday. Detroit trailed 2-0 and 3-1 with the Devils receiving a pair of goals from Kyle Palmieri with Stefan Noesen and Adam Henrique also lighting the lamp. Corey Schneider picked up t/he victory with a 27 save performance to keep the Devils playoff hopes alive. The Red Wings offense came from Henrik Zetterberg with Tomas Tater and Nick Jensen in the final period to make things interesting but Jared Coreau’s in the nets was not enough. 

The slanders are 6-1 in their last 7 overall and the Islanders are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Atlantic while the under is 4-1 in Islanders last 5 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game. The Red Wings are 0-5 in their last 5 vs. a team with a losing record and the over is 3-0-1 in Red Wings last 4 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400 while the Red Wings are 0-5 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference. The over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and the under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Detroit while the Islanders are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Detroit. 

New York and the over have been strong plays in this match up which is how I lean until I see goalies…

NY Islanders +1

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