New York Islanders (39-29-12) at New Jersey Devils (28-38-14)
|Date & Time||Saturday April 8, 2017, 6:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: New Jersey Devils +140 / New York Islanders -150 --- Over/Under: 5
NHL hockey comes to the Prudential Center where the New Jersey Devils host the New York Islanders.
The New York Islanders have been playing some of their best hockey of the season and have to, as a loss would boot them from the postseason. However, win out coupled with the Maple Leafs losing and New York continues to have an opportunity. The Isles have run their winning streak to four games after defeating Carolina 3-0 on the road Thursday. A few clutch goals and airtight defense was the magic formula with Scott Mayfield, Brock Nelson and Andrew Ladd’s power play tally being more then enough support for Jaroslav Halak between the pipes. Halak recorded 29 saves and earned his second shutout of the year for the NYI. It was the opposite story for the Hurricanes who received 20 saves from Eddie Lack and have dropped four in a row.
The New Jersey Devils style of play requires the team to control the scoreboard and avoid a ‘track meet’ on ice because the team doesn’t have the offensive firepower to trade score with opponents. However, the Devils found themselves in a score fest with the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night and simply could not match the defending Stanley Cup champions in a 7-4 loss. The Devils received goals from Taylor Hall, Matt Cullen, Stefan Noesen and John Moore but Corey Schneider could not keep the puck out of his own net. Sidney Crosby and Nick Bonino paced the Pittsburgh scoring explosion with a goal and a pair of assists each. Josh Archibald, Bryan Rust, Jake Guentzel, Patric Hornqvist and Matt Cullen rounded out the Pens scoring with Matt Murray getting the win with 34 stops.
The Islanders are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. a team with a losing record and the Islanders are 4-0 in their last 4 overall while the Islanders are 6-1 in their last 7 road games. The Devils are 0-5 in their last 5 Saturday games and the Devils are 1-6 in their last 7 vs. a team with a losing record while the Devils are 5-1 in their last 6 games following a loss of 3 or more goals. The under is 2-0-4 in the last 6 meetings in New Jersey and the home team is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings while the Islanders are 11-2 in the last 13 meetings.
The Islanders have enjoyed their share of success in this match up and the under has been a solid total but I lean New York who is hot and has to win pending goalies…