Edmonton Oilers at New York Islanders
|Date & Time||Saturday February 16, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Uniondale, New York
The Line: Edmonton Oilers +145 / New York Islanders -177 -- Over/Under:
The Edmonton Oilers and New York Islanders meet Saturday in NHL action at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The Edmonton Oilers could use a win after losing nine of their last 10 games. The Edmonton Oilers are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 22.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Connor McDavid leads Edmonton with 31 goals, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has 35 assists and Leon Draisaitl has 151 shots on goal. Defensively, the Edmonton Oilers are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 75.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Cam Talbot has given up 95 goals on 888 shots faced and Mikko Koskinen has allowed 79 goals on 855 shots. The Edmonton Oilers have allowed three or more goals in nine of their last 10 games.
The New York Islanders look for another win after winning five of their last seven games. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 16.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Anders Lee leads New York with 18 goals, Mathew Barzal has 33 assists and Josh Bailey has 94 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 80.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Robin Lehner has given up 62 goals on 868 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has allowed 60 goals on 853 shots. The New York Islanders have allowed three or less goals in each of their last 16 games.
The Oilers are 107-228 in their last 335 games as a road underdog, 8-20 in their last 28 games as an underdog and 1-8 in their last 9 overall. The Islanders are 6-0 in their last 6 games as a home favorite, 4-1 in their last 5 games as a favorite and 20-7 in their last 27 overall. The over is 5-2 in Oilers last 7 games as an underdog. The under is 7-2 in Islanders last 9 home games. The Oilers are 2-9 in the last 11 meetings in New York and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Edmonton Oilers can't buy a victory these days and have been getting lit on fire defensively. The New York Islanders have been the hottest team in the league for the last month-plus and haven't allowed more than three goals since January 8. Unless the price is absolutely insane, it's tough to make a case for betting against the Islanders. I'll continue to ride the hot hand until the tickets stop cashing.