Nashville Predators vs. New York Islanders - 2/13/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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New York Islanders (33-16-6) at Nashville Predators (26-22-7)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Bridgestone Arena)
The Line: Nashville Predators -140 / New York Islanders +115 --- Over/Under: 6
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The New York Islanders and the Nashville Predators meet in NHL action from Bridgestone Arena on Thursday night.
The New York Islanders will look to build on back-to-back wins after a 5-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers last time out. Josh Bailey, Matt Martin and Jordan Eberle pushed the Isles out in front 3-0 by the end of the opening period with their goals coming in a span of 7:51. Philadelphia cut the deficit to 3-2 just after the midway of the 2nd period and tied the game with just 1:32 to go in the 3rd. Overtime looked likely before Ryan Pulock gave New York the lead again with just :41 to go and Leo Komarov with an empty-netter with just :04 to play. Semyon Varlamov got the win to improve to 17-9-4 on the year after stopping 35 of 38 shots faced in the winning effort.
The Nashville Predators will look to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 6-2 loss to Vancouver last time out. Vancouver jumped out to a lead just over seven minutes into the game and pushed ahead 3-0 with a pair of goals 1:07 apart later in the opening frame. The Canucks added a 4th in the opening minute of the 2ndperiod before Craig Smith and Mikael Granlund cut the deficit in half just 1:06 apart later in the 2nd. Vancouver responded with two minutes to go in the 2nd and restored the four-goal lead just 2:32 into the 3rd period and Vancouver would ride that lead to the finish line. Pekka Rinne took the loss, falling to 17-13-3 on the year after allowing 4 goals on 17 shots faced in the losing effort.
New York is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall and 15-4 in their last 19 games against the Central division while the over is 4-1-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a losing record. Nashville is 1-5 in their last 6 home games and 2-8 in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 12-1 in their last 13 games against the Eastern Conference.
I get Nashville being favored at home, but the problem is that the Predators haven’t been playing well in their last couple of games and being outscored 9-4 in their last two games doesn’t inspire a world of confidence, even if both games were on the road. The Islanders are starting to show fight against some of the better teams in the NHL, and I think that the Isles are the better team here as well, so I’ll take the Islanders and the plus money here.