New York Islanders vs. Vancouver Canucks - 2/1/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Vancouver Canucks (29-18-4) at New York Islanders (29-15-5)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 1:00 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: New York Islanders -140 / Vancouver Canucks +127 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Vancouver Canucks and New York Islanders meet Saturday in NHL action at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The Vancouver Canucks look to stay hot after winning six of their last seven games. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 22.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Elias Pettersson leads Vancouver with 21 goals, Quinn Hughes has 30 assists and Tanner Pearson has 127 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing three goals per game and are killing 81 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up 93 goals on 1,121 shots faced and Thatcher Demko has allowed 48 goals on 527 shots. The Vancouver Canucks have allowed three or less goals in six of their last seven games.
The New York Islanders need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 19.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Brock Nelson leads New York with 20 goals, Mathew Barzal has 25 assists and Anthony Beauvillier has 95 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 79.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 74 goals on 871 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has allowed 51 goals on 680 shots. The New York Islanders have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 12 games.
The Canucks are 4-1 in their last 5 games as an underdog, 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest and 5-0 in their last 5 Saturday games. The Islanders are 2-7 in their last 9 games as a favorite, 2-7 in their last 9 home games and 0-4 in their last 4 Saturday games. The under is 5-1 in Canucks last 6 overall. The under is 14-6 in Islanders last 20 vs. Western Conference. The Canucks are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings. The favorite is 7-0 in the last 7 meetings. The over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in New York and 5-1-1 in the last 7 meetings.
The New York Islanders have won six of the last seven meetings against the Canucks, but they're playing their worst hockey of the season over these last couple of weeks and have slipped quickly out of the top spot for the most profitable team in the sport. The Vancouver Canucks are quietly piling up the victories and have done some of their best recent work in the underdog role. While the Islanders should turn things around sooner than later, we're getting the hotter team at plus money. I'll take a shot.