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New York Islanders vs. Detroit Red Wings - 12/19/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Detroit Red Wings (12-13-7) at New York Islanders (18-12-3)
Date & Time Tuesday December 19, 2017, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: New York Islanders -175 / Detroit Red Wings +158 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The New York Islanders and the Barclays Center host the Detroit Red Wings in a Tuesday NHL tilt.

The Detroit Red Wings historic postseason record ended last year and if the team wants to bounce back the time is now with a winning streak to get themselves in to a favorable position going forward. Detroit has won twice in the last ten games after downing the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 on Friday. The Toronto attack saw  Andreas Borgman score their lone goal just 1:58 in to the start of the first period.

The Red Wings scoring came off the sticks of Danny DeKeyser, Trevor Daley  and Tomas Tater in the third on the power play. Henrik  Zetterberg added a pair of helpers for Detroit with Jimmy Howard picking up the win with 25 saves while Curtis McElhinney absorbed the loss with all three goals allowed on 29 shots

The New York Islanders are striving for consistency at both ends of the and avoid some of the highs and lows we have seen from this team. New York will be looking for back to back wins for the first time in December after downing the visiting Los Angeles Kings 4-3 in overtime on Saturday. The Kings saw Oscar Fantenberg, Tyler Toffoli and Anze Kopitar score with Darcy Kuemper stopping 29 shots.

Jordan Eberle secured the win and the two points for the Islanders with his tally at 1:54 of the extra session while Josh Bailey, John Tavares and Anders Lee scored in regulation. Tavares also added a pair of helpers in support of  Thomas Greiss who recorded 26 saves to up his record to 9-4-2. 

Red Wings are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Metropolitan and Red Wings are 0-4 in their last 4 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game and over is 6-1-2 in Red Wings last 9 games playing on 3 or more days rest. Over is 4-0 in Islanders last 4 games playing on 2 days rest and over is 6-1 in Islanders last 7 home games and over is 11-2-1 in Islanders last 14 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game. Over is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings in New York and over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. 

These teams tend to find plenty of scoring in this matchup so I lean that way pending goalie confirmation…

over 5.5 // will update

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