New York Islanders (5-3-1) at Minnesota Wild (2-3-2)
|Date & Time||Thursday October 26, 2017, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Minnesota Wild -135 / New York Islanders +122 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Minnesota Wild welcome the New York Islanders to the Xcel Energy Center for an NHL matchup.
The New York Islanders look for a road win at the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night. New York will be bringing a three game winning streak with them after upending the visiting Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday by a 5-3 count.
The Islanders offensive firepower prevailed with John Tavares leading the way with a hat trick. Brock Nelson and Scott Mayfield also found the scoring column in the third period for New York while Adam Pelech added a trio of helpers to make the 32 saves of goalie Jaroslav Halak hold up.
Anthony Duclair gave the Coyotes a 1-0 lead at 4:47 of the first period but the team did not score again until the third when Mario Kempe and Nick Cousins lit the lamp. Arizona received a pair of assists from Clayton Keller but Louis Dominigue was charged with all five goals on 25 shots as the Yotes fell to 0-8-1.
The Minnesota Wild play their second straight on home ice when the New York Islanders come knocking on Thursday night. The banged up Wild have dropped three of four following a 1-0 loss to the visiting Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday.
This was a classic goal tending duel that wasn’t decided until the final buzzer. Vancouver’s Jake Virtanen scored the only goal of the game in the third and the defense made it stand up. Anders Nilsson brushed aside 29 shots to post his second shutout of the year to help the Canucks to a 4-1 record on a long road trip.
The Wild are off to a slow start with too many injuries hurting the team as they fell to 2-3-2. Minnesota received 24 saves from Devan Dubnyk but he was shutout for the second time this season.
Under is 4-0 in Islanders last 4 vs. Central and Islanders are 8-1 in their last 9 vs. a team with a losing record and Islanders are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. Central. Wild are 0-5 in their last 5 home games and over is 6-0 in Wild last 6 vs. Eastern Conference and over is 4-0 in Wild last 4 vs. a team with a winning record. Over is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
Backing Minnesota is obviously tough with injuries robbing the team of production but I will back the over pending goalies because the team has been scoring for the most part…