Detroit Red Wings vs. New York Islanders - 12/2/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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New York Islanders (17-5-2) at Detroit Red Wings (7-19-3)
NHL Hockey: Monday, December 2, 2019 at 7:30 pm (Little Caesars Arena)
The Line: Detroit Red Wings +180 / New York Islanders -200 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The New York Islanders and Detroit Red Wings meet Monday in NHL action at the Little Caesars Arena.
The New York Islanders look to stay hot after winning 10 of their last 14 games. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 18.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Mathew Barzal leads New York with nine goals, Brock Nelson has 12 assists and Anthony Beauvillier has 49 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 83.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 31 goals on 350 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has allowed 25 goals on 355 shots. The New York Islanders have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 14 games.
The Detroit Red Wings need a win in order to snap a nine-game losing streak. The Detroit Red Wings are averaging 2.1 goals per game and are scoring on 13.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Anthony Mantha leads Detroit with 12 goals, Tyler Bertuzzi has 12 assists and Darren Helm has 41 shots on goal. Defensively, the Detroit Red Wings are allowing 3.9 goals per game and are killing 72.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Jimmy Howard has given up 47 goals on 415 shots faced and Jonathan Bernier has allowed 49 goals on 458 shots. The Detroit Red Wings have allowed a combined 17 goals in their last three games.
The Islanders are 10-3 in their last 13 games as a favorite, 20-7 in their last 27 games following a win and 19-7 in their last 26 vs. Eastern Conference. The Red Wings are 23-52 in their last 75 games as an underdog, 3-9 in their last 12 games as a home underdog and 16-37 in their last 53 overall. The under is 4-0 in Islanders last 4 overall. The over is 5-2-1 in Red Wings last 8 overall. The Islanders are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The over is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings.
We've been riding the New York Islanders hard this season and they should be favored here against a team that's lost nine straight games. However, hockey can be a real fickle sport and things change on a dime. The Islanders are not only cooling off just a tad, but you can't expect the Red Wings to lose every game. I'm not laying -200 juice in a hockey game and we're burned a lot when laying the PL. So, the alternative seems to be taking a chance at nearly two times our money with a home dog. There's no logical reason for this bet other than the price.