Isles Continue Solid Form
The New York Islanders (33-16-6) extended their newest winning streak to three consecutive outings after sweeping a back-to-back stretch over the weekend, beating the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 at Barclays Center on Saturday afternoon, just 26 hours before dealing with the Minnesota Wild in a 2-1 win in the same venue the following day. With that, the Isles have won four of their past five contests (4-1-0) and have now posted just one regulation defeat in their last 12 outings (9-1-2). The team still sits at the top of the Metropolitan Division, having picked up 72 points from 55 contests.
🏒📈 Breaking down last night’s victory by the numbers: https://t.co/48bpEl3tWI
— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) February 11, 2019
Goalie Robin Lehner stopped 25 shots against the Avs, taking his current performance status to 17-8-4 for the year with a 2.05 GAA and a .930 save percentage. He is 2-1-2 versus Buffalo in past meetings with a 2.15 GAA and a .937 save percentage, while Thomas Greiss (16-8-2 on the season with a 2.28 GAA and a .927 save percentage), who made 26 saves against Minnesota, has gone 2-2-0 in previous encounters with the Sabres with a 1.77 GAA and a .943 save percentage. The Islanders are 9th in least goals scored per game (2.85), top of the league in least goals allowed on average (2.33), 26th in power play (16.1%) and 16th in penalty kill (80.0%).
Sabres Inconsistency Continues
The current seven-game homestand of the Buffalo Sabres (27-21-7) went 2-2-1 after the first five matchups after the team split a back-to-back stretch over the weekend. A 3-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings at KeyBank Center on Saturday extended Buffalo’s point streak to three contests (2-0-1) before the team snapped it just 26 hours later with a 3-1 defeat to the Winnipeg Jets. Jack Eichel (18 goals, 59 points this year) bagged a goal and an assist throughout the pair of games, as the Sabres have now gone 4-4-1 in their last nine contests, sitting 5th in the Atlantic Division with 61 points from 55 fixtures, four points off a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Winnipeg takes this one. pic.twitter.com/QZBlreNqXA
— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) February 10, 2019
Goalie Carter Hutton turned away 26 shots against the Jets and has now gone 15-16-3 for the season with a 2.84 GAA and a .910 save percentage. He has posted a 1-1-0 career tally versus the New York Islanders with a 2.32 GAA and a .910 save percentage, while Linus Ullmark (12-5-4 on the year with a 2.97 GAA and a .911 save percentage), who made 28 saves against Detroit, is 2-1-0 versus Isles with a 1.99 GAA and a .931 save percentage. The Sabres, meanwhile, are 11th in least goals scored per game (2.87), 13th in most goals conceded on average (3.07), 19th in power play (18.2%) and 8th in penalty kill (82.1%).
- Sabres are 0-4 in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- Sabres are 0-4 in their last 4 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation.
- Islanders are 6-0 in their last 6 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation.
- Islanders are 8-1 in their last 9 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Islanders have already won five of their past six meetings with Buffalo and are very much set to make it six out of seven, especially considering the deadly form they are in at the moment. The Isles have already triumphed on the past six occasions when playing the last contest of a 3-games-in-4-days scenario, while also notching six victories in their previous seven away contests against teams with a winning home record. The Sabres, meanwhile, have struggled badly since the end of November, have lost their last four domestic fixtures against opponents with a solid road record and are 2-9 in their previous 11 matchups played after a single day’s rest.
Prediction: New York Islanders
Full-Game Total Pick
Ten of the past 13 overall contests of the Sabres, as well as six of their last seven outings against teams with a winning record, have gone over the total. And while just two of the previous 11 games of the Islanders have gone past the five-goal barrier, their last few meetings with Buffalo have been quite high-scoring, delivering at least six snipes on four of the past six occasions.
Prediction: Over 5.5