New York Islanders vs. Detroit Red Wings - 2/21/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Islanders vs. Detroit Red Wings - 2/21/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Red Wings (15-43-4) at New York Islanders (33-20-6)

NHL Hockey: Friday, February 21, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Nassau Coliseum)

The Line: New York Islanders -320 / Detroit Red Wings +280 --- Over/Under: 5.5

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The Detroit Red Wings and New York Islanders meet Friday in NHL action at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

The Detroit Red Wings need a win after losing 10 of their last 13 games. The Detroit Red Wings are averaging two goals per game and are scoring on 14.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Tyler Bertuzzi leads Detroit with 18 goals, Dylan Larkin has 27 assists and Anthony Mantha has 113 shots on goal. Defensively, the Detroit Red Wings are allowing 3.7 goals per game and are killing 75.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Jimmy Howard has given up 91 goals on 800 shots faced and Jonathan Bernier has allowed 99 goals on 1,072 shots. The Detroit Red Wings have allowed three or more goals in 11 of their last 14 games. 

The New York Islanders need a win to snap to a four-game losing streak. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 18.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Brock Nelson leads New York with 22 goals, Mathew Barzal has 31 assists and Anthony Beauvillier has 113 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 80.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 90 goals on 1,091 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has allowed 64 goals on 766 shots. The New York Islanders have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 10 games.

The Red Wings are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings. The favorite is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The over is 13-3 in the last 16 meetings in New York.

There's no reason to back the Detroit Red Wings, as they're the same lousy defensive team they are every night and remain easily the worst team in the league to back. It's not even close when it comes to which team has burned a bigger hole in the pocket this season. However, the New York Islanders aren't playing winning hockey right now and certainly don't deserve to be this big of a favorite in their current form. I'll take a shot to make nearly three times my money before I lay big juice or even a PL with the Islanders.

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Randy’s Pick Detroit Red Wings +280

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