New York Islanders at Vancouver Canucks
|Date & Time||Saturday February 23, 2019, 10:00 PM (EST)|
Vancouver Canucks +105 / New York Islanders -128
The New York Islanders and the Vancouver Canucks meet in NHL action from the Rogers Arena on Saturday night.
The New York Islanders will look to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 4-3 overtime loss to the Edmonton Oilers in their last outing. Edmonton jumped out to a 2-0 lead with goals just 1:18 apart before Anders Lee got the Isles on the board. Brock Nelson tied the game and Cal Clutterbuck scored :28 later to give New York the lead. The score would stay at 3-2 through the 2nd period and through most of the 3rd before Edmonton tied the game late in the final frame and would score just 1:22 into overtime to send the Islanders back with just one point to show for their hard work. Robin Lehner took the loss, falling to 18-9-5 after allowing all 4 goals on 41 shots faced in the losing effort.
The Vancouver Canucks will also be looking for a bounce back after consecutive losses following a 3-2 defeat to Arizona in their last outing. Bo Horvat opened the scoring for the Canucks just before the halfway point of the opening period, taking a 1-0 lead into the 1st intermission that would also hold up through the entire 2nd period and the first half of the 3rd period. Arizona tied the game with less than 10 minutes to go and would take the lead with under 5 minutes to play before Adam Gaudette responded just 1:12 later to tie the game and send us to overtime where Arizona would find the game-winning goal just 1:54 into extra time. Jacob Markstrom took the loss, falling to 22-17-7 after allowing all 3 goals on 38 shots faced in the losing effort.
New York is 21-9 in their last 30 games overall and 9-3 in their last 12 games against the Western Conference while the under is 12-3-2 in their last 17 road games. Vancouver is 1-4 in their last 5 games overall and 2-5 in their last 7 games as an underdog while the under is 7-1 in their last 8 Saturday games. New York is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.
Both of these teams are coming in off of back-to-back losses and the Canucks as a dog at home is tempting. However, getting the Islanders who are in the lead in their division and have been playing the much better hockey at this price, is too good to pass on. When you add in the fact that New York has had most of the success in this matchup over the last couple of years, I think the Islanders, even on the road, have to be the play here.