San Jose Sharks vs. New York Islanders - 11/23/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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New York Islanders (16-3-1) at San Jose Sharks (11-11-1)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 10:30 pm (SAP Center at San Jose)
The Line: San Jose Sharks -129 / New York Islanders +117 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The New York Islanders and San Jose Sharks meet Saturday in NHL action at the Sap Center.
The New York Islanders look to keep the puck rolling after winning 15 of their last 16 games. The New York Islanders are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 22.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Mathew Barzal leads New York with nine goals, Brock Nelson has 11 assists and Anthony Beauvillier has 44 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 83.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 26 goals on 295 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has allowed 22 goals on 332 shots. The New York Islanders have allowed three or more goals in five of their last six games.
The San Jose Sharks look for another win after winning seven of their eight games. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 20.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Evander Kane leads San Jose with 12 goals, Logan Couture has 19 assists and Brent Burns has 65 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 89.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Aaron Dell has given up 20 goals on 194 shots faced and Martin Jones has allowed 57 goals on 496 shots. The San Jose Sharks have allowed three or less goals in five of their last six games.
The Islanders are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings in San Jose. The favorite is 11-5 in the last 16 meetings. The home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The under is 5-1-1 in the last 7 meetings in San Jose and 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings.
The New York Islanders have won three of the last four meetings against the Sharks and six of the last 10 meetings overall. The bottom line in this game is that the Islanders have won 15 of their last 16 games and have often won in the underdog role. Yes, the Sharks are playing well in their own right and this run certainly isn't sustainable long term, but you have to keep riding it until it cools off. It also doesn't make sense to turn down plus money with a team that's done nothing but win over the last month. I'll keep backing the Islanders until they give me a reason not to.