Montreal Canadiens at New York Islanders
|Date & Time||Thursday March 14, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Uniondale, New York
The Line: Montreal Canadiens +110 / New York Islanders -132 -- Over/Under:
The Montreal Canadiens and New York Islanders meet Thursday in NHL action at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The Montreal Canadiens look for a victory here after splitting their last 12 games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 12.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Brendan Gallagher leads Montreal with 30 goals, Max Domi has 38 assists and Jonathan Drouin has 171 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing three goals per game and are killing 80.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 139 goals on 1,620 shots faced and Antti Niemi has allowed 61 goals on 539 shots. The Montreal Canadiens have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last 11 games.
The New York Islanders could also use a win after splitting their last 14 games. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 15.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Anders Lee leads New York with 24 goals, Mathew Barzal has 38 assists and Josh Bailey has 103 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 81 percent of their opponents power plays. Robin Lehner has given up 79 goals on 1,081 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has allowed 74 goals on 1,011 shots. The New York Islanders have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last 11 games.
The Canadiens are 23-50 in their last 73 games as an underdog, 15-36 in their last 51 games as a road underdog and 3-7 in their last 10 road games. The Islanders are 14-6 in their last 20 games as a home favorite, 1-4 in their last 5 games following a win and 11-5 in their last 16 home games. The Canadiens are 8-1 in the last 9 meetings in New York and 10-3 in the last 13 meetings. The under is 20-9-2 in Canadiens last 31 overall. The under is 33-16-2 in Islanders last 51 overall.
Neither of these teams have been the most consistent dating back to the last month or so, and you can make a case for the Montreal Canadiens and the plus money based on them winning seven of the last 10 games against the Islanders. Then again, the Canadiens haven't played their best hockey on the road lately, and the Islanders have been money at home for the last 20 games. Due to home ice and how well the New York Islanders have played at the Coliseum, I'll give them the edge to get a rare win over Montreal.