The New York Islanders and the St. Louis Blues meet in NHL action from the Enterprise Center on Saturday night.
The New York Islanders come into this game winners of 5 in a row after a 3-2 overtime win over Chicago in their last outing. Chicago opened the scoring just 3:05 into the game, before Mathew Barzal tied the game for the Isles just 3:42 later, giving us a 1-1 tie after 20 minutes of play. The 2nd period was quiet for the most part until Barzal struck again to give the Isles a 2-1 edge at the 2nd intermission. Chicago would tie the game early in the 3rd to send us to some free hockey where Devon Toews scored his 1st NHL goal to steal the win for New York. Robin Lehner got the win to improve to 10-6-3 this season after stopping 19 of 21 shots faced in the winning effort.
The St. Louis Blues will look to build some steam after a 5-2 win over the Washington Capitals last time out. Robert Thomas opened the scoring for St. Louis just 4:00 into the game before Washington tied the game at 1-1 after the opening period and took a 2-1 lead just 3:00 into the 2nd frame. It was all St. Louis from there on out however, as Colton Parayko would tie the game for the Blues and Oskar Sundqvist would give St. Louis a 3-2 lead just 4:10 later. Alex Pietrangelo and Tyler Bozak would add a pair of insurance goals in the 3rd to secure the win for the Blues. Jake Allen got the win to improve to 14-12-4 after stopping 23 of 25 shots faced in the win.
New York is 5-0 in their last 5 games overall and 6-1 in their last 7 road games while the under is 9-1-1 in their last 11 games following a win. St. Louis is 4-0 in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record and 2-8 in their last 10 games following a win while the over is 6-2 in their last 8 home games. New York is 2-5 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams in St. Louis.
I know the Blues have been playing better lately, including the impressive win over Washington and have had the upper hand in this matchup at home. However, the Islanders are playing some solid hockey of their own right now and have been very good on the road over the last month as well. I’ll take a shot with the hotter team in the Islanders at plus money on Saturday.