New York Islanders vs. New Jersey Devils - 1/2/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction

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New Jersey Devils at New York Islanders

Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 7:00 PM (NYCB Live: Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Co)

NY -200 O:U 5.5

TV: DTV

The New Jersey Devils take on the New York Islanders on Thursday at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The New Jersey Devils are on a two-game winning streak, coming off of a win over the Boston Bruins, as well as a win over the Ottawa Senators. However, the Devils have won three of their last five games. 

The Devils have had a terrible season so far. The Devils are 14-19-6 on the season, with 34 points. New Jersey is led by Taylor Hall, who is their leading points-getter and assists leader. New Jersey has not gotten the great play out of their goaltenders, as their goaltenders have a combined 3.44 goals per game record at the moment, which is second-worst in all of the NHL. The Devils are currently last in the Metropolitan Division. 

The New York Islanders are on a two-game winning streak, defeating the Washington Capitals and the Minnesota Wild, snapping a three-game losing streak.

The New York Islanders have had an outstanding season so far, resulting in a 25-10-3 record. The Islanders are second in the Metropolitan Division, and the only reason they are not a top their division is that they have to compete with the Washington Capitals, who might be the best team in the NHL. 

New Jersey is 16-23 ATS this season
Devils are 2-5 in their last 7 games following a win.
New York is 18-20 ATS this season
Islanders are 25-9 in their last 34 vs. Eastern Conference.

The New Jersey Devils have one of the worst  defenses in the entire NHL, but the New York Islanders don't have an elite offense to take advantage of that. What the New York Islanders do have is a terrific defense, and I don't think that New Jersey are going to be able to exploit it. If this game turns out to be a big game for Taylor Hall, I think the devil's can come out with a win, but I think that the Islanders hold off Taylor Hall enough to win this one. Final Score Prediction, New York Islanders win 5-2.

Joshua’s Pick New York -200

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.