Dylan Larkin, Tyler Bertuzzi, and the Detroit Red Wings are set to face off against Mathew Barzal, Brock Nelson, and the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum in an Eastern Conference showdown. The game gets going at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 14 and it’s being televised live on Fox Sports Detroit.
Detroit Red Wings vs. New York Islanders Odds
New York is 27-17 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 8.5 units this season. That win percentage, ranked fourth in the NHL so far in this young season, is right in line with what the team posted during last year’s regular season (48-34). Of the team’s 44 regular season outings, 25 have gone under the total, while 16 have gone over and just two have pushed. The team is 14-8 SU at home this year.
The Islanders have converted on 19.4 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 20th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 79.5 percent of all penalties.
Boasting a .919 save percentage and 25.8 saves per game, Semyon Varlamov (16-13-4) has been the most dependable option in goal for New York this year. Varlamov did just play last night, however, so New York may choose to rest him and instead turn to Thomas Greiss (12-9-9 record, .919 save percentage, 2.57 goals against average).
Detroit has lost 15.1 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year and is currently 12-34 straight up (SU). Through 46 regular season outings, 21 of its games have gone over the total, while 20 have gone under the total and just five have pushed. The Red Wings are 4-18 SU as an away team this season.
The Red Wings have converted on just 15.2 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that places them in the bottom- overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 31st overall and it’s successfully defended 73.2 percent of all penalties.
Jonathan Bernier (26.0 saves per game) has been the primary choice in the net for Detroit. Bernier owns a 10-18-2 record, and has registered a .904 save percentage and 2.99 goals against average this year.
Detroit Red Wings at New York Islanders Free Picks
Free NHL Pick: SU Winner – Islanders, O/U – Under
The Islanders are 3-1 in games decided by a shootout this season while the Red Wings are 1-1 in shootouts.
For both of these teams, the under has hit in four of their past five outings.
Detroit has managed 26.6 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while New York has been attempting 34.0 shots per game over its last five at home.
Six of Detroit’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 1-5 in those games.
This game features two of the more aggressive defenses in the league. Detroit skaters have accounted for the league’s 12th-most hits per game (22.3) while the Isles have handed the second-most (29.3).