A couple of teams currently on losing skids, the Detroit Red Wings and the New York Islanders take the ice at the Barclays Center in an Eastern Conference matchup. This one will get started at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, February 9 and it’ll be shown live on Fox Sports Detroit.
Detroit Red Wings at New York Islanders Odds
Detroit (+125) is currently the underdog to New York (-145), and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at an even 6 goals (-110 for the over, -110 for the under).
New York is 26-29 straight up (SU) and has lost 3.0 units for moneyline bettors this year. That early-season winning percentage is fairly close to the 41-41 record the team posted during last year’s regular season campaign. Among its 55 games this season, 34 have gone over the total, while 17 have gone under and just three have pushed. The team’s 14-12 SU at home this season.
The Islanders have converted on 20.6 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 31st overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 73.9 percent of all penalties.
The Islanders, as a collective unit, have been penalized just 3.4 times per game overall this season, and 2.4 per game over their past ten match ups. The team’s had to defend opposition power plays for just 6.2 minutes per game over their last 10 matchups, overall.
With a .908 save percentage and 30.4 saves per game, Jaroslav Halak (16-21-4) has been the best option in goal for the Isles this season. Halak did just play last night, however, so head coach Doug Weight could choose to rest him and turn to Thomas Greiss instead (10-12-12 record, .887 save percentage, 3.94 goals against average).
The Isles will continue to look for leadership via John Tavares and Josh Bailey. Tavares (60 points) has put up 28 goals and 32 assists and has recorded multiple points on 17 separate occasions this year. Bailey has 13 goals and 45 assists to his credit and has recorded a point in 34 games.
On the other bench, Detroit is 21-31 straight up (SU) and has lost 8.5 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. Through 52 regular season contests, 30 of its games have gone under the total, while 22 have gone over and none have pushed. The Red Wings are 10-13 SU as the visiting team this season.
The Red Wings have converted on 18.6 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 17th overall and it’s successfully killed off 80.1 percent of all penalties.
Detroit’s skaters have been whistled for penalties 3.7 times per game in total this season, and 3.1 per game over their past ten match ups. The team has been forced to defend opponent power plays just 6.8 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Jimmy Howard (2.82 goals against average and .911 save percentage) has been the primary option in goal for Detroit. Howard is averaging 26.2 saves per game and owns a 14-25-6 record.
For the visiting Red Wings, the offense will be facilitated through Dylan Larkin (eight goals, 31 assists) and Henrik Zetterberg (six goals, 28 assists).
Detroit Red Wings vs. New York Islanders Betting Predictions