Minnesota Wild vs. New York Islanders - 12/29/19 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction

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New York Islanders at Minnesota Wild

Sunday, December 29, 2019 at 6:00 PM (Xcel Energy Center)

MIN -115, O/U 5

The New York Islanders head to Saint Paul, Minnesota on Sunday for a game against the Wild in a matchup of teams from the Eastern and Western Conference.  In their last game, the Islanders were defeated by the Chicago Blackhawks by the score of 5-2.  The Islanders received goals from Ross Johnston and Casey Cizikas but it wasn’t near enough to keep up with the Blackhawks on the night.  Both New York goalies saw action in the game against the Blackhawks as Thomas Greiss allowed 3 goals on 11 shots and Semyon Varlamov allowed 2 goals on 19 of Chicago’s shots.  

The New York Islanders are 23-10-3 on the season and are currently in 2nd in the Metropolitan Division. The Islanders points, assists and goals leader is Mathew Barzal who has recorded 32 points this season as well as 16 goals and 16 assists.  Semyon Varlamov is currently 12-3-3 with 1 shutout to go along with a goals against average of 2.47.  Thomas Greiss is 11-7-0 with a 2.58 goals against average.  The Islanders currently do not have anyone listed on their injury report, so they will be going into their game against the Wild with a full lineup. 

The Minnesota Wild welcome the New York Islanders to St. Paul on Sunday after winning their last game against the Colorado Avalanche by the score of 6-4.  The Wild received goals from Carson Soucy, Eric Staal, Brad Hunt, Mats Zuccarello, Victor Rask and Ryan Suter on their way to the win.  Devin Dubnyk got the start in net for the Wild and recorded the win as he made saves on 40 of 44 Colorado shots on the night. 

After the win against Colorado, Minnesota is now 19-15-5 on the season and are currently in 5th place in the Central Division.  Eric Staal leads the Wild in points on the season with 32.  Staal also leads Minnesota in goals on the year with 15, including 4 on the power play.  Ryan Suter leads the Wild in assists on the season with 20, including 8 on the power play.  Goalie Alex Stalock is currently 9-6-2 on the season with a shutout and a goals against average of 3.02.  The Wild’s other goalie Devin Dubnyk is 7-8-2 with a goals against average of 3.24.  Minnesota enters Sunday’s game with a clean bill of health as they do not have anyone listed on their injury report. 

The New York Islanders have scored an average of 2.89 goals per game this season while allowing 2.64 goals per game.  The Minnesota Wild have scored 3.15 goals per game on the year while allowing 3.31 goals per game.  In their last 5 games, the New York Islanders are 1-4 and have lost 3 straight games while the Minnesota Wild are 3-2 and have won 2 games in a row.  I look for this game to have quite a few goals in it as Minnesota has been hot offensively as of late and the total has gone over in 8 of the last 12 games between these two teams.  I am going with the Wild to come out of this one with the win as the Islanders have struggled recently and Minnesota is 10-2-3 when playing at home this season.  Minnesota wins this one 5-3. 

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Travis’s Pick Minnesota Wild -115(ML)

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.