Chicago Blackhawks (20-8-1) at New York Islanders (19-10-0)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 13, 2014, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: New York Islanders / Chicago Blackhawks --- Over/Under:
The Chicago Blackhawks and New York Islanders play Saturday at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The Chicago Blackhawks have won eight straight games and wrap up a four-game road trip. The Blackhawks are averaging three goals per game and have scored nine goals in their last three games. The Chicago Blackhawks haven’t scored a power play goal in six of their last seven games and are 18-0 overall this season when scoring at least three goals. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 13 goals, Kris Versteeg has 15 assists and Brad Richards has 75 shots on goal. Defensively, the Blackhawks are allowing two goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in nine of their last 10 games. Scott Darling has allowed 11 goals on 181 shots faced and Corey Crawford has given up 34 goals on 476 shots.
The New York Islanders look to snap their three-game skid with their third home game of the month. The Islanders are averaging three goals per game and have scored 11 goals in their last three games. The New York Islanders have scored four power play goals in their last four games and have won seven of their last 10 games when scoring three or more goals. Brock Nelson leads New York with 13 goals, Kyle Okposo has 20 assists and John Tavares has 86 shots on goal. Defensively, the Islanders are allowing 2.9 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in four straight games. Jaroslav Halak has allowed 48 goals on 572 shots faced and Chad Johnson has given up 34 goals on 258 shots.
The Blackhawks are 6-0 in their last 6 road games and 39-19 in their last 58 vs. Eastern Conference. The Islanders are 7-1 in their last 8 home games and 13-5 in their last 18 overall. The Blackhawks are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in New York and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings overall.
The New York Islanders need this game in order to get back on track and it's only a matter of time before the Blackhawks streak comes to an end. Chicago hasn't had much recent success in New York and could be without Toews for this game. Give me the Islanders.