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New York Islanders vs. Arizona Coyotes
NHL: Monday, February 17, Gila River Arena, Glendale, Arizona, 4:00 PM ET
The interconference clash at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona, will see the New York Islanders and Arizona Coyotes close down their regular-season series. Back in October, the Islanders beat the Coyotes 4-2 as slight -115 home favorites, recording their third straight victory over Arizona.
The Islanders have dropped two straight games in Nashville and Las Vegas, so they will try to bounce back in Glendale where the Islanders are 1-3 over the previous four visits. The Coyotes have defeated the Washington Capitals in their previous outing, but they are only 3-9 over the last 12 games overall.
The Islanders failed to find the net in two straight outingsAfter a heavy 5-0 defeat in Nashville on Thursday, the Islanders lost at the Vegas Golden Knights 1-0 this past Saturday. It was another dreadful performance by the Islanders who took only 19 shots towards Vegas’ goalie while surrendering 43 in a return. Semyon Varlamov finished the game with 42 stops and was the only bright spot in the Islanders’ game.
The Islanders have been struggling on the offensive end all season and are 20th in the league in goals scored per game (2.86). Also, their power-play percentage is 22nd in the NHL (18.6%). Mathew Barzal leads the way for New York with 18 goals and 30 assists, but he has found the net only once in his last 15 outings.
On the other side, the Islanders are 7th in the league in goals against (2.72). Semyon Varlamov should get the starting nod Monday against the Coyotes, and he’s 17-10-4 with a 2.55 GAA and a .917 save percentage. Thanks to their tough defense, the Islanders hold the third spot of the Metropolitan Division standings, but they are only one point ahead of Columbus and Philadelphia.
The Coyotes upset the Capitals to snap a two-game skidArizona is coming off a surprising 3-1 home victory over the Washington Capitals on Saturday night. The Coyotes took the lead after 7:06 of play in the second period, while the Caps tied the game ten minutes later. Phil Kessel netted a power-play goal 5:25 into the third period to lift his team over the Capitals, and Lawson Crouse clinched the win with 28 seconds left on the clock.
Before beating the Metropolitan Division leaders, the Coyotes suffered two straight defeats away from home. They lost at Toronto 3-2 in overtime and Ottawa 3-2, while the Coyotes failed to score more than three goals in 12 straight outings. Arizona is 24th in the league in goals scored per game (2.70). The Coyotes sit at the fifth spot of the Pacific Division standings, two points behind the third-place Vegas Golden Knights, while they hold the bottom wild card three points ahead of Nashville and Winnipeg.
Arizona is 5th in the league in goals-against (2.66). Antti Raanta has guarded the cage in six of the last eight games overall, and he should get another starting call on Monday. Raanta is 12-13-3 on the season with a 2.76 GAA and a .917 save percentage. The Coyotes are without Darcy Kuemper (lower body) who’s 15-8-2 this season and has a 2.17 GAA and a .929 save percentage.
The top supporting trends for this game, found on Oddsshark.com, are: NY Islanders:
- 4-1 in the last five games against Arizona
- 4-12 in the last 16 games overall
- 2-7 in the last nine games against the Eastern Conference
- 0-4 in the last four outings following a win
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
This should be a tight battle between two very similar teams. Both New York and Arizona lean on tough defense and excellent goaltenders, while they mostly struggle on the offensive end. Also, both teams are fighting to stay in the playoff picture, so the stakes are huge in this clash. The Islanders haven’t scored in two games in a row and will be highly motivated to bounce back against the Coyotes. Arizona is coming off a huge win over Washington, but the Coyotes have been playing in a poor form over the last few weeks. I don’t feel comfortable with the side bet at all, but I’ll go with the Islanders who have dominated the Coyotes lately.
Prediction: New York Islanders (+115)
Full-Game Total Pick
Considering their stout defenses and quite inefficient offenses, the Islanders and Coyotes shouldn’t combine for more than five goals in the total. I would be surprised if we get a high-scoring affair, and betting on the under is the only logical move in this matchup. The previous five encounters between the Islanders and Coyotes in Arizona went in the under, as well as the Coyotes’ previous four contests overall. Also, the under is 12-3-1 in Arizona’s last 16 home games against a team with a winning road record. The line at 5.0 goals is always a tricky one, so if you are satisfied with slightly lower wages, take a 5.5-goal line.
Prediction: Under 5.0 goals (+120)