New York Islanders vs. San Jose Sharks - 2/23/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Islanders vs. San Jose Sharks - 2/23/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

San Jose Sharks (26-31-4) at New York Islanders (34-20-6)

NHL Hockey: Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 5:00 pm (Nassau Coliseum)

The Line: New York Islanders -215 / San Jose Sharks +193 --- Over/Under: 5.5

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The San Jose Sharks and New York Islanders meet Sunday in NHL action at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

The San Jose Sharks need a win after splitting their last eight games. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 16.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Evander Kane leads San Jose with 21 goals, Erik Karlsson has 34 assists and Brent Burns has 183 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 85.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Aaron Dell has given up 77 goals on 843 shots faced and Martin Jones has allowed 102 goals on 958 shots. The San Jose Sharks have allowed three or more goals in nine of their last 14 games.

The New York Islanders need a win after splitting their last 10 games. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 17.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Brock Nelson leads New York with 22 goals, Mathew Barzal has 32 assists and Anthony Beauvillier has 116 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 80.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 91 goals on 1,113 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 11 games.

The Sharks are 8-17 in their last 25 games as an underdog, 3-8 in their last 11 games playing on 0 days rest and 0-4 in their last 4 Sunday games. The Islanders are 4-0 in their last 4 home games, 4-0 in their last 4 games as a favorite and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The under is 6-1 in Sharks last 7 road games. The under is 5-0 in Islanders last 5 overall. The Sharks are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in New York. The home team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings. The under is 5-1-1 in the last 7 meetings.

The San Jose Sharks continue to come up small in the underdog role, and now they're on the end of a back to back, which is something else they've struggled with this season. The New York Islanders are starting to show signs of getting things back on track, and they've played their best recent hockey by far on their home ice. I'll take a shot here with the Islanders, and I'll side with the PL for added value. 

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Randy’s Pick New York Islanders -1.5

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