Minnesota Wild (3-1-1) at New York Islanders (2-3-0)
|Date & Time||Sunday October 23, 2016, 6:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: New York Islanders -125 / Minnesota Wild +101 --- Over/Under:
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The Minnesota Wild look for a road win on Sunday as they head into Brooklyn to battle the Islanders at at the Barclay’s Center.
The Wild look to snap out of their ugly road losing skid as they take on an Islanders side that is in desperate need of a victory after stumbling out of the gate in what should be an exciting matchup between two playoff hopefuls. The Wild head into this one with a 3-1-1 record but have been night and day when it comes to playing at home and on the road and if they can take a step forward this season and find ways to win outside of Minnesota they should be a playoff shoe in. Minnesota is expected to send Devan Dubnyk back to the crease despite getting the start last night against the Devils, as he is slated to match up with Jaroslav Halak who should be the every day starter for the Isles all season.
The Islanders meanwhile are coming off a day of rest and should be fired up to get off to a good start here against the Wild who will be on the move after a game last night against the Devils. New York is expected to be in the thick of things in the Metropolitan division this season as they have the roster to be one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference and after making the playoffs last season they are under the mindset that they can win a Stanley Cup if they can get their offense rolling.
The Wild are 6-14 in their last 20 against the Eastern Conference and 1-9 in their last 10 against the Metro while the Isles are 9-3 in their last 12 against the Central and 2-7 in their last nine overall. The Wild are a good team but are a different animal on the road and I think the well rested Isles continue their dominance over the Central with a win here.