Vancouver Canucks (33-22-3) at New York Islanders (39-19-2)
|Date & Time||Sunday February 22, 2015, 6:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: New York Islanders -139 / Vancouver Canucks +126 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Islanders look to shake off an overtime loss to the Capitals yesterday as they return home to face the Canucks in Uniondale.
The Vancouver Canucks will look to complete the New York sweep with a victory against the Isles on Sunday after edging the Rangers on Thursday and with a win they can move three points up on the Kings for second place in the Pacific. Vancouver is coming off a loss against the New Jersey Devils and have lost four of their last 10 contests but they are 11 games above .500 on the season and are right in the mix in the log jammed Pacific division and Western Conference playoff race in what should be a crazy finish to the NHL regular season. The Canucks will look to get back into the playoffs after a disappointing year last year in which they missed out altogether but it may prove difficult for them as there are some very good teams competing with them that to me have deeper rosters and have a stronger playoff pedigree than Vancouver does. Ryan Miller will get the call as he will go up against Jaroslav Halak.
The Islanders will look to respond after a tough loss against the Capitals yesterday as the return home where they have been spectacular this season and with a win they can move six points clear of the Rangers for first place in the Metro division. The Isles have been at or near the top of the division for most of the season and while it looked like it was going to be a two horse race this season with the Islanders and Penguins the race has really picked up as New York and Washington have played their way back into the fold and now all four teams are separated by just five points. The Islanders made some big moves in the off season and they have worked out very well as the addition of Halak, Nick Leddy, and Johnny Boychuk has translated to much success on the ice and while they may be susceptible to an upset along the way in the Eastern Conference playoffs I do think they rebound here at home against a Canucks team to me that is a tad overrated.