Roman Josi, Ryan Ellis, and the Nashville Predators are set to face off against Mathew Barzal, Brock Nelson, and the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum in an East-West tilt. MSG Network will air the game, which gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 17.
Nashville Predators vs. New York Islanders Odds
New York enters the contest as the heavy favorite with a moneyline of -145. The line for Nashville sits at +125, and the oddsmakers have put the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals (-120 to bet the under, +100 for the over).
New York is 22-9 straight up (SU) and has netted 12.6 units for moneyline bettors this year. That winning percentage, ranked first in the NHL in this young season, is an improvement over the 48-34 record from last year’s regular season campaign. Through 31 regular season contests, 18 of its games have gone under the total, while 11 have gone over and just two have pushed. The team is 13-3 SU at home this year.
The Islanders have converted on 20.0 percent of their power play chances this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 16th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 80.7 percent of all penalties.
Averaging 26.3 saves per game with a .928 save percentage, Semyon Varlamov (12 wins, six losses, and two OT losses) has been the primary option in goal for the Isles this year. If head coach Barry Trotz decides to give him a rest, however, the team might turn to Thomas Greiss (11-5-5 record, .932 save percentage, 2.16 goals against average).
On the other hand, Nashville is 15-17 straight up (SU) and has lost 12.2 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 32 regular season matches, 18 of its games have gone over the total, while 13 have gone under the total and none have pushed. The Predators are 6-7 SU as the visiting team this season.
The Predators have converted on just 14.5 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that places them in the bottom-five overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 20th overall and it’s successfully killed off 78.6 percent of all penalties.
Pekka Rinne (23.3 saves per game) has been the primary option in the net for Nashville. Rinne has 10 wins, eight losses, and three OT losses to his credit, while registering a .893 save percentage and 2.99 goals against average this year.
Nashville Predators vs. New York Islanders Betting Predictions
NHL Pick: SU Winner – Islanders, O/U – Over
The Predators are 1-2 in games decided by a shootout this season while the Islanders are 2-0 in shootouts.
Four of New York’s last five games gone under the total.
The Predators have averaged the league’s fifth-most shots on goal (33.9) while New York has attempted just the 32nd-most (28.2).
Six of Nashville’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 4-2 in those games.
The Isles this season have recorded the third-most hits per game in the NHL (29.3), but that number has jumped up to 36.8 over their past five home outings.