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Jets vs. Islanders - 12/31/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
New York Islanders (24-11-1) at Winnipeg Jets (19-11-7)
Date & Time Wednesday December 31, 2014, 5:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Winnipeg Jets -109 / New York Islanders -101 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
MSG+
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NHL | New York Islanders (24-11-1) at Winnipeg Jets (19-11-7)
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The New York Islanders and Winnipeg Jets play Wednesday afternoon at the MTS Centre.

The New York Islanders have won five of their last seven games and begin a seven-game road trip. The Islanders are averaging 2.9 goals per game and have scored eight goals in their last three games. The New York Islanders have two power play goals in their last six games and have won 10 of their last 14 games when scoring at least three goals overall. John Tavares leads New York with 15 goals, Kyle Okposo has 24 assists and Brock Nelson has 102 shots on goal. Defensively, the Islanders are allowing 2.8 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five straight games. Jaroslav Halak has allowed 57 goals on 690 shots faced and Chad Johnson has given up 37 goals on 279 shots.

The Winnipeg Jets hope to find some consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Jets are averaging 2.5 goals per game and have scored 11 goals in their last three games. The Winnipeg Jets have three power play goals in their last five games and have won seven of their last 10 games when scoring at least three goals overall. Bryan Little leads Winnipeg with 14 goals, Blake Wheeler has 16 assists and Andrew Ladd has 108 shots on goal. Defensively, the Jets are allowing 2.3 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five of their last eight games. Michael Hutchinson has allowed 25 goals on 394 shots faced and Ondrej Pavelec has given up 56 goals on 642 shots.

The Islanders are 7-3 in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record. The Jets are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-1 in their last 5 Wednesday games. The Islanders are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Winnipeg and the road team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.

The Islanders are the hotter team here and have had great success in Winnipeg over the years. New York and the cheap price has to be the pick.

Pick:
New York Islanders -101

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