New York Islanders (26-11-1) at Edmonton Oilers (8-22-9)
|Date & Time||Sunday January 4, 2015, 9:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Edmonton Oilers +161 / New York Islanders -190 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Islanders look to stay red hot as they head into Edmonton to take on the Oilers who have lost their last two games in overtime.
The New York Islanders continue to prove they are an Eastern Conference contender as they currently lead the Metro division and have won three games and seven of their last 10 overall. The Isles have been a team on the rise over the last couple of seasons and while many expected they would be a playoff team again this season I don’t think many predicted they had a shot at not only winning the division but competing for the top seed in the Eastern Conference. New York is deep across the board and have brought in some key pieces to compliment the core of their team and heading into the second half of the season it’ll be interesting to see what management will do in terms of bringing in some pieces at the trade deadline. Jaroslav Halak will get the call as he will go up against Ben Scrivens.
Oh, the Edmonton Oilers. The Western Conference basement has become synonymous with Edmonton hockey and this season s no different as the Oilers have already started to unload players and coaches alike. After firing Dallas Eakins earlier this year the team has since moved Mark Arcobello and David Perron in return for Derek Roy and draft picks and that certainly will not be the end as the team is in a full blown rebuild once again with a top end draft pick on the horizon. The Oilers have just eight wins this season and as we approach the 41 game half way mark it is easy to see that simply is not good enough and while there is time for improvement we can almost guarantee that Edmonton will not be playoff bound, Even with the way the Oilers have been playing it is hard to fathom a team being an underdog of +160 at home but that’s the only place for us here as I think the Islanders cruise.