New York Islanders at Minnesota Wild
|Date & Time||Sunday March 17, 2019, 6:00 PM (EDT)|
Xcel Energy Center
Saint Paul, Minnesota
The Line: New York Islanders +100 / Minnesota Wild -121 -- Over/Under: 5
The New York Islanders and Minnesota Wild meet Sunday in NHL action at the Xcel Energy Center.
The New York Islanders look for a big road victory after splitting their last 10 games. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 15.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Anders Lee leads New York with 25 goals, Mathew Barzal has 39 assists and Josh Bailey has 107 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 81.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Robin Lehner has given up 79 goals on 1,081 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has allowed 75 goals on 1,045 shots. The New York Islanders have allowed two or less goals in five of their last 10 games.
The Minnesota Wild could use a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 20.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Zach Parise leads Minnesota with 24 goals, Ryan Suter has 37 assists and Eric Staal has 190 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 80.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 147 goals on 1,647 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 45 goals on 427 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed three or more goals in five of their last seven games.
The Islanders are 9-2 in their last 11 games playing on 0 days rest, 6-2 in their last 8 games as a road underdog and 8-3 in their last 11 games as an underdog. The Wild are 3-9 in their last 12 games as a favorite, 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-7 in their last 8 games as a home favorite. The home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and the favorite is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings. The under is 34-15-2 in Islanders last 51 overall. The under is 9-2-2 in Wild last 13 overall.
The Minnesota Wild need wins badly if they're going to sneak into the playoffs, but that hasn't stopped them from piling up bad losses the last couple of weeks, and this a major quick turnaround considering they played last night and have a quick start here. The New York Islanders have had no trouble winning on the road and have actually thrived in the underdog role as of late. While a Wild win wouldn't be surprising and they probably should be favored on their home ice, the value is with the Islanders and the even money.