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The New York Islanders (35-23-10, 80 points) are playing their way out of a postseason berth. The Islanders have lost seven straight games and have dropped to ninth place in the Eastern Conference standings. If the regular season ended today the Islanders would be on the outside looking in.
Edmonton (37-25-9, 83 points) is amidst a five-team race in the Pacific division. The Oilers have lost two straight but are in second place just three points behind the first place Vegas Golden Knights. Edmonton is fourth in the Western Conference standings and would open the postseason with home ice advantage in the first round if the season ended today.
Islanders playing their way out of postseason contentionThe New York Islanders have lost seven straight and trail the 8th place Columbus Blue Jackets by one point. The Islanders lead the New York Rangers by just one point and the Florida Panthers by just two points as the regular season nears its end and teams start vying for playoff berths. The seven consecutive losses has pushed the Islanders goal differential for the season to minus-1
The leading goal scorer for the Islanders is center Brock Nelson with 26. Mathew Barzal is the leader in assists and points. The Islanders center has 41 assists and 60 points. New York is allowing an average of 2.79 goals per game and scoring an average of 2.78 goals per game. The below average power play for New York scores 17.3% of the time and its penalty kill is successful 80.7% of the time.
Edmonton remains in contention PacificThe Edmonton Oilers trail the Vegas Golden Knights by just three points at the top of the Pacific and hold the 4th place spot in the Western Conference by one point over 5th place Dallas. The Oilers at home this season are 17-11-6 and have an overall goal differential of plus-8. The Oilers have been fighting injuries and have lost three of their last four leading up to this game on Friday with the Islanders.
The King of Stats for the Oilers is Leon Draisaitl. The Edmonton center has team-highs in goals with 43, assists with 67 and points with 110. Edmonton is allowing an average of 3.03 goals per game and scoring an average of 3.14 goals. The penalty kill for Edmonton is a solid 84.4% and the Oilers power play leads the NHL at 29.5%.
- Edmonton is 4-3 in the last seven
- The Oilers are 4-1 in the last 5 against New York
- New York is 0-7 in the last seven
- The Islanders are 0-6 in the last six on the road
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Edmonton Oilers are battling with the Vancouver Canucks for first place in the Pacific Division. The Oilers have won four of the last five against the New York Islanders and Edmonton has won eight of the last nine against New York on its home ice at Rogers Place. Home ice in this matchup is quite significant as the home team, in this situation Edmonton, has won 18 of the last 23 games that the two teams have played head-to-head.
Prediction: Edmonton Oilers
Full-Game Total Pick
Although the Edmonton Oilers are known as a offensive-minded team and have the top two points leaders in the NHL, the total has gone under in seven of the last nine games the Oilers and Islanders have played in Edmonton and the total has gone under in 13 of the last 20 games overall between New York and Edmonton.