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New Jersey Devils vs. New York Islanders - 2/18/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
New York Islanders (26-20-10) at New Jersey Devils (24-23-10)
Date & Time Saturday February 18, 2017, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location Unknown Location Unknown Address
The Line
The Line: New Jersey Devils -110 / New York Islanders -110 --- Over/Under: 5
TV Channel
MSG
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The New York Islanders head to the Prudential Center to take the ice with the New Jersey Devils in a Saturday night NHL hockey tilt.

The New York Islanders are fighting for their playoff lives and picked up two valuable points against the New York Rangers Thursday in a 4-2 win. Two points against their biggest rivals might provide the boost in momentum the Isles need going forward with the second Wild Card still well within reach. The NYI offense received a pair of goals off the stick of Andrew Ladd with Nikolay Kulemin and Anders Lee also finding the back of the net. Thomas Greiss picked up the win with 25 stops as the Islanders are unbeaten at home in their last ten. Jimmy Vesey and Nick Holden scored for the Rangers who saw Henrik Lundqvist absorb the loss with 19 stops.

The New Jersey Devils are in desperate need of points to make a run at the postseason but their offense stalled Thursday in a 3-0 defeat at the hands of the visiting Ottawa Senators. That left goalie Cory Schneider on his lonesome and his 32 saves were not enough as the Devils fell to 4-2-1 in their last seven contests. The Senators had no such issues with Dion Phaneuf lit the lamp on the power play with Erik Karlsson and Kyle Turris also tacking on goals. That was more then enough support for Mike Condon who recorded his 5th shutout of the season with a 21 save performance as the Senators have now won three of four in their attempt to snatch the Atlantic lead from the Canadiens. 

The over is 5-1 in Islanders last 6 vs. a team with a losing record and the Islanders are 8-2 in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest while the Islanders are 1-4 in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a losing home record. The under is 2-0-2 in Devils last 4 overall and the under is 2-0-2 in Devils last 4 home games while the over is 3-0-3 in Devils last 6 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game. The under is 2-0-3 in the last 5 meetings in New Jersey and the Islanders are 9-1 in the last 10 meetings while the Islanders are 7-1 in the last 8 meetings in New Jersey.

The numbers say Islanders and possibly the under and I lean New York as well pending goalies…

Pick:
New York -110

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