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New York Islanders vs. Colorado Avalanche - 2/12/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Colorado Avalanche (15-34-2) at New York Islanders (24-19-10)
Date & Time Sunday February 12, 2017, 6:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: New York Islanders -210 / Colorado Avalanche +180 --- Over/Under: 5
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The New York Islanders welcome the Colorado Avalanche to the Big Apple for a Sunday NHL hockey tilt.

If teams struggle through a tough season they tend to get uncomplimentary names and one of those teams is the Colorado Avalanche. Having said that, the Avalanche had won three of four heading to Madison Square Garden where the New York Rangers ended some of the good times in a 4-2 decision. The Avs offense came off the sticks of Gabriel Landeskog in the first and John Mitchell in the second period. Calvin Pickard was charged with three goals on 30 shots to absorb the loss. New York received a pair of tallies from Kevin Klein with Rick Nash and Kevin Hayes also lighting the lamp to make a winner of Henrik Lundqvist recording 31 saves to get the victory.

There is something about the New York Islanders that just doesn’t seem right and I’m not sure what its. I knew was wrong Saturday; a lack of offense in a 3-0 loss that dropped the team to 24-19-6 in an ultra tough Metropolitan. Thomas Greiss was on his lonesome between the pipes with 21 stops falling short. The Senators received an appearance from goalie Craig Anderson after he missed around nine weeks on personal leave and he didn’t miss a beat as stopped all 33 New York shots to earn shutout number four on the season. The Ottawa attack saw goals from Zack Smith, Mark Stone and Jean-Gabriel Pageau that upped their record to 24-18-6.

The Avalanche are 0-6 in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and the Avalanche are 0-7 in their last 7 road games while the under is 10-2-2 in Avalanche last 14 in the third game of a 3-in-4 days situation. The Islanders are 0-5 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and the Islanders are 4-1 in their last 5 home games while the over is 4-1 in Islanders last 5 Sunday games. The over is 7-0-1 in the last 8 meetings in New York and the home team is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings while the Avalanche are 1-7 in the last 8 meetings in New York.

The over and the Islanders have been strong selection and I lean over with goalies still pending…

over 5 // New York -1

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