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Detroit Red Wings vs. New York Islanders - 3/16/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Islanders at Detroit Red Wings
Date & Time Saturday March 16, 2019, 1:00 PM (EDT)
Little Caesars Arena
Detroit, MI
The Line
Over: 5.5 (-110) / Under: 5.5 (-110)
TV Channel
FS-Detroit, MSG+
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The New York Islanders and the Detroit Red Wings meet in NHL action from the Little Caesars Arena on Saturday afternoon.

The New York Islanders will look to build on back-to-back victories after a 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens in their last outing. The game was scoreless through the opening 20 minutes before Adam Pelech opened the scoring for the Isles. New York would hold the lead for most of the 2nd before Montreal tied the game late in the middle frame. The game remained tied through most of the 3rd before New York capitalized on a Montreal turnover leading to Anders Lee’s game winning goal late in the game to secure a crucial win for the Islanders. Thomas Greiss got the win to improve to 21-11-2 after stopping 33 of 34 shots faced in the winning effort.

The Detroit Red Wings will be out to snap a 4-game losing streak after a 5-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in their last outing. Detroit jumped out to an early 1-0 lead thanks to Madison Bowey before Darren Helm doubled the lead with a short-handed goal just after the midway point of the opening period, giving the Wings a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes of play. Justin Abdelkader pushed the lead to 3-0 before Tampa Bay finally got on the board. The comeback was on for Tampa Bay as the Bolts scored 4 unanswered goals to take a 5-3 lead before Michael Rasmussen pulled a goal back late for Detroit. The only problem was that it was too little too late for Detroit as Tampa Bay walked away with the win. Jimmy Howard took the loss, falling to 18-20-5 on the year after allowing all 5 goals on 39 shots faced in the losing effort.

New York is 15-1 in their last 16 games as a favorite of -201 or more and 4-1 in their last 5 games overall while the under is 7-2-1 in their last 10 road games. Detroit is 15-36 in their last 51 games overall and 1-6 in their last 7 home games while the under is 10-4 in their last 14 games against the Eastern Conference. New York is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams and 8-3 in the last 11 meetings between these two teams in Detroit.

The home dog is always a tempting proposition, but it only matters if the home team can make it worth taking a shot and Detroit hasn’t been doing that, losing games left and right. New York has had a lot of recent success against Detroit, but I’m not trying to lay this kind of juice, even on the road, and the puck line holds no value to me as the last 4 meetings have each been decided by a single goal. Instead, I’m going to side with the over. 3 of the last 4 meetings have seen at least 7 goals scored, and in my opinion this is a low total between two teams that can score, winning games or not. I think that we have a good shot of seeing another high-scoring affair here on Saturday afternoon.

Over: 5.5 (-110)

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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