St. Louis Blues vs. New York Islanders - 2/27/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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New York Islanders (35-20-7) at St. Louis Blues (37-17-10)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Enterprise Center)
The Line: St. Louis Blues -170 / New York Islanders +153 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The New York Islanders and St. Louis Blues meet Thursday in NHL action at the Enterprise Center.
The New York Islanders need a win after losing five of their last seven 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 23 goals, Mathew Barzal has 36 assists and Anthony Beauvillier has 119 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 96 goals on 1,171 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has allowed 64 goals on 766 shots. The New York Islanders have allowed three or more goals in nine of their last 13 games.
The St. Louis Blues look to build on their five-game winning streak. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 24.1 percent of their power play opportunities. David Perron leads St. Louis with 24 goals, Ryan O'Reilly has 44 assists and Alex Pietrangelo has 201 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 80 percent of their opponents power plays. Jordan Binnington has allowed 118 goals on 1,322 shots and Jake Allen has allowed 44 goals on 568 shots. The St. Louis Blues have allowed three or more goals in 12 of their last 17 games.
The Islanders are 17-6 in their last 23 Thursday games, 0-4 in their last 4 games as an underdog and 0-4 in their last 4 road games. The Blues are 4-0 in their last 4 games as a favorite, 13-4 in their last 17 games as a home favorite and 41-20 in their last 61 home games. The under is 6-1 in Islanders last 7 overall. The over is 4-1-1 in Blues last 6 Thursday games. The underdog is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The Islanders are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
The New York Islanders have won the last four meetings against the Blues and seven of the last nine overall. The problem is the Islanders have fallen off a cliff these last few weeks, while the St. Louis Blues seem to be back on track and have that confidence going again. The New York Islanders just come off as a soft team that's not willing to get its hands dirty and grind wins out. The Blues should have their way in this game. Give me the St. Louis Blues on their home ice and the PL for added value.