Montreal Canadiens at New York Islanders - 2/20/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Montreal Canadiens at New York Islanders - 2/20/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

New York Islanders (18-20-6) vs Montreal Canadiens (9-33-7)

Game Info: Sunday, February 20, 2022 at 2:00 pm (UBS Arena)

Betting Odds: New York Islanders -138 / Montreal Canadiens +320 --- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

The New York Islanders host the Montreal Canadiens in Sunday NHL Action. 

The Montreal Canadiens come into this road contest with an overall record of 9-33-7. Through 49 games, the Canadiens are 8th in the Atlantic Division. On the season, they have found the net 109 times, good for a rank of 30th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Montreal is the 32nd ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.94 goals per game. So far, the Canadiens have a strength of schedule rating of 7th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 32nd ranked team in the NHL.

The New York Islanders get set to host the Montreal Canadiens with an overall record of 18-20-6. This mark places them 6th in the Metropolitan division. Through 44 games, the Islanders have scored 109 goals, giving them an average of 2.45. This output gives them a rank of 30th among NHL teams. On defense, New York is the 3rd ranked unit, giving up 2.73 goals per contest. So far, the Islanders have played the 4th easiest schedule. And, when taking into account New York's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 23rd in the NHL.

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Coming into this game, the Montreal Canadiens leader in points is Nick Suzuki. In his team's 49 games, he has come up with 9 goals and 19 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 8.3%. However, when on the ice the Canadiens are --22 in scoring differential. The team's top overall goal scorer is Josh Anderson. Montreal's top goalie is Jake Allen, who is giving up an average of 3.15 goals per game. In his 24 games played, he has yet to turn in a quality start.

Through 44 games, New York's leading goal scorer is Brock Nelson. With his 16 goals and 9 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 25. On the season, he is turning 20.5% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Islanders have benefited from the strong play of Mathew Barzal, who is the team's overall leader in points. In New York's 44 games, he has come up with 12 goals on a shooting percentage of 11.7%. However, when on the ice, the Islanders are -7 in scoring differential. New York's top goalie is Ilya Sorokin, who is giving up an average of 2.46 goals per game. In his 31 games played, he has turned in 20 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In Montreal's 49 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 27-21-1. So far, taking the over when the Canadiens are playing on the road, has been a good bet with an over-under record of 15-9-1. On the season, 57.0% of Montreal's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 36.0% of the scoring coming from the Canadiens. Coming into this game, the Islanders have an over-under record of 17-26-1. When playing at home, the over is hitting less than half the time, going 6-16-1. On the season, 39.0% of New York's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 44.0% of the scoring coming from the Islanders. I see this being a low-scoring game and recommend taking the under.

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