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New York Islanders vs. New Jersey Devils - 2/19/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New Jersey Devils (25-23-10) at New York Islanders (26-21-10)
Date & Time Sunday February 19, 2017, 6:00 PM (EST)
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The New York Islanders and New Jersey Devils complete their back to back set at the Barclay’s Center after the Devils got the win in New Jersey on Saturday.

The Devils look to sweep the home and home set with the Isles and make a late season push at a wild card spot in the Eastern Conference as they take on the Islanders who had been having a very successful stretch until their loss last night. New Jersey hasn’t had a ton of success this season as they move for Taylor Hall hasn’t quite paid off yet and Corey Schneider has fallen back down to Earth a little bit and as such the Devils are in a tough spot in the Metro division as they face an uphill climb to even come close to a playoff spot this season. The Devils could end up moving some pieces out the door at the trade deadline as their rebuild continues but with some serviceable young pieces on board and some other waiting in the wings I don’t see a huge overhaul coming for them.

The Islanders meanwhile got off to a very slow start this season and were considered the league’s biggest disappointment at one point but they have played their way back into the wild card picture and we could very well have five teams from the Metro get into the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Devils got the best of the Isles last night but they return home where they have been strong over the years, and while the Barclay’s Center isn’t the greatest venue for hockey and the attendance continues to sputter the Isles seem to find a way to play well in front of those who do show up. The Devils though look for their seventh straight win on the road and win their fifth back to back game in their last six tries so there are certainly some trends working in New Jersey’s favour as well.

The Devils have played to the OVER in three of their last four road games and are 3-7 in their last 10 games when playing in a 3-4 set while the Isles are are 6-1 in their last seven home games and 4-1 in their last five against the Metro. I was big on the Isles last night and they disappointed but I am right back on it again here as they should make amends on home ice.

New York Islanders -0.5
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