New York Islanders (1-2-1) at San Jose Sharks (1-2-0)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 14, 2017, 10:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: San Jose Sharks -135 / New York Islanders +120 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The New York Islanders take the ice at the San Jose Sharks in Saturday NHL action.
The New York Islanders look to string a few wins together beginning with a stop to face the San Jose Sharks. New York began their west coast trip with a 3-2 defeat at the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night. The Islanders offense stalled despite numerous opportunities with an 0-5 night on the power play to run their issues to 0-15 on the year with the man advantage.
Anaheim jumped to a quick lead just 37 ticks in to the opening period on an Andrew Cogliano backhander while Rickard Rakell and Patrick Eaves also lit the lamp. Ryan Getzlaf gave the Ducks a pair of helpers and goalie John Gibson did the rest with a 39 save performance.
The Islanders only source of offense was Brock Nelson who found the back of the net in the first period and the third with Joshua Ho-Sing assisting on each. The Isles received 27 stops from Jaroslav Halak who fell to 1-1 on the season.
The San Jose Sharks are still feeling their way with just their 4th game of the season when the New York Islanders come for a visit. San Jose is looking for consecutive victories after downing the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 on Thursday night.
This was win number one for the Sharks with Timo Meier scoring the game winner in the second period while Tomas Hertl and Chris Tierney also lit the lamp. Joonas Donskoi added a pair of assists and Martin Jones and his 23 saves to the win were good enough to squeeze out the win for San Jose.
Jason Pominville provided the Sabres offense with goals in the first and second periods to give him four on the season while Jack Eichel logged two assists. Robin Lehner was charged with all three goals on 26 shots as Buffalo dropped to 0-3-1 in the early going.
Islanders are 0-5 in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400 and under is 5-0 in Islanders last 5 vs. Western Conference and Islanders are 6-1 in their last 7 vs. a team with a losing record. Over is 3-0-1 in Sharks last 4 vs. Metropolitan and Sharks are 1-5 in their last 6 Saturday games and Sharks are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference. Islanders are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in San Jose and under is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings in San Jose and Islanders are 6-14-1 in the last 21 meetings.
It’s still a feeling out process in the NHL and will be for several weeks so I’ll side with the team that has had the most success in this matchup…