New York Islanders (5-4-1) at Nashville Predators (5-3-2)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 28, 2017, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Nashville Predators -132 / New York Islanders +120 --- Over/Under:
The New York Islanders and Nashville Predators meet Saturday in NHL action at the Bridgestone Arena.
The New York Islanders look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The New York Islanders are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 6.1 percent of their power play opportunities. John Tavares leads New York with six goals, Josh Bailey has seven assists and Casey Cizikas has 19 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 80.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Jaroslav Halak has given up 15 goals on 173 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has allowed 17 goals on 166 shots. The New York Islanders have allowed three or more goals in nine of their first 10 games.
The Nashville Predators look for another big victory after winning five of their last eight games. The Nashville Predators are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 26.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with seven goals, P.K. Subban has seven assists and Ryan Johansen has 16 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 85.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up 14 goals on 208 shots faced and Juuse Saros has allowed seven goals on 48 shots. The Nashville Predators have allowed two or less goals in five of their last seven games.
The Islanders are 16-36 in their last 52 Saturday games, 1-6 in their last 7 vs. Central and 11-5 in their last 16 overall. The Predators are 20-6 in their last 26 home games and 4-10 in their last 14 vs. Eastern Conference. The Islanders are 2-7 in the last 9 meetings in Nashville, 5-2 in the last 7 meetings and the home team is 12-5 in the last 17 meetings.
The Nashville Predators have been lights out on the defensive end as of late and have been nearly impossible to beat at home dating back to last season. The Islanders continue to play hit or miss hockey and haven't been able to get enough stops to help out what has been a solid offensive showing. I'll ride the hot hand here and back the Predators on their home ice.