The Pepsi Center is the site for an East-West tilt as the New York Islanders take on the Colorado Avalanche. It’s the final time that the two clubs will meet in the regular season. Altitude Sports & Entertainment will showcase the action, which gets underway at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 31.
New York Islanders vs. Colorado Avalanche Odds
New York (-115) is currently favored over Colorado (-105) and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at an even 6 goals. The odds for betting the total stand at -110 for the over and -110 on the under.
New York is 20-18 straight up (SU) and has earned 0.7 units for moneyline bettors this year. 25 of its games have gone over the total, while 11 have gone under and just two have pushed. This 2017-18 Islanders team is 8-12 SU on the road.
New York has converted on 21.7 percent of its power play chances this year, a figure that places them in the top-10 among NHL teams. Its penalty kill is ranked 30th out of 31 teams, and the team’s successfully killed off only 74.8 percent of all penalties.
For the team as a whole, New York has been sent to the penalty box just 3.5 times per game overall during the 2017-18 season, 3.2 per game over its past five total, and 3.6 per game over its last five on the road. The team has been forced to stave off opponent power plays just 6.8 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Averaging 27.7 saves per game with a .907 save percentage, Jaroslav Halak (11-12-2) has been the top option in goal for New York this season. If it decides to give him a rest, however, the team may roll with Thomas Greiss (9-9-2 record, .883 save percentage, 3.83 goals against average).
The visiting Islanders have relied heavily on John Tavares and Josh Bailey this season. Tavares (49 points) is up to 21 goals and 28 assists, and has recorded two or more points 15 times. Bailey has 11 goals and 38 assists to his name (and has registered at least one point in 26 games).
On the other bench, Colorado is 18-19 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 2.1 units this season. Through 37 regular season outings, 22 of its games have gone over the total, while 14 have gone under and just one has pushed. This year, the team’s 11-8 SU at home.
Colorado has converted on 19.1 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked sixth overall, and it’s successfully killed off 83.6 percent of all opponent power plays.
Colorado skaters have been called for penalties 4.3 times per game in total this season, and 3.0 per game over their last five at home. The team’s had to stave off opponent power plays just 8.2 minutes per contest over their last five home games.
Semyon Varlamov (28.8 saves per game) has been the top choice in goal for Colorado. Varlamov has 13 wins, 12 losses, and two OT losses and has recorded a fairly-weak .909 save percentage and 2.94 goals against average this year.
The home team offense will be led by Nathan MacKinnon (16 goals, 27 assists).
New York Islanders at Colorado Avalanche Betting Predictions
Predictions: SU Winner – Avalanche, O/U – Over
The total has gone over in three of New York’s last five outings.
The Avalanche are 4-10 SU when they serve more penalty minutes than their opponent while the Islanders are 7-4 SU in games where they serve more minutes than the opposition.
New York is 2-1 in games decided by a shootout this season while Colorado is 1-1 in shootouts.
Colorado is ranked 17th in the league this season with 7.3 takeaways per game. That figure’s trended lower, however, as the team has created 5.7 takeaways over its last 10 games and 5.0 takeaways over its last five.
New York is ranked 26th overall this season with 6.2 takeaways per game. That figure has trended lower, however, as the team has forced 5.7 takeaways over its last 10 games and 5.6 takeaways over its last five.