New York Islanders at San Jose Sharks - 2/24/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

New York Islanders at San Jose Sharks - 2/24/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

San Jose Sharks (22-22-6) vs New York Islanders (19-20-7)

Game Info: Thursday, February 24, 2022 at 10:30 pm (SAP Center at San Jose)

Betting Odds: San Jose Sharks +150 / New York Islanders +150 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The San Jose Sharks host the New York Islanders Islanders in Thursday NHL Action.

The New York Islanders Islanders come into this road contest with an overall record of 19-20-7. Through 46 games, the Islanders are 6th in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 116 times, good for a rank of 31st among NHL teams. Heading into the game, New York Islanders is the 4th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.7 goals per game. So far, the Islanders have a strength of schedule rating of 32nd in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 23rd ranked team in the NHL.

The San Jose Sharks get set to host the New York Islanders Islanders with an overall record of 22-22-6. This mark places them 7th in the Pacific division. Through 50 games, the Sharks have scored 134 goals, giving them an average of 2.66. This output gives them a rank of 26th among NHL teams. On defense, San Jose is the 20th ranked unit, giving up 3.12 goals per contest. So far, the Sharks have played the 14th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account San Jose's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 24th in the NHL.

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Through 46 games, the New York Islanders Islanders' leading goal scorer is Brock Nelson. With his 9 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 27. On the season, he is turning 20.7% 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 46 games, he has come up with 12 goals on a shooting percentage of 11.2%. However, when on the ice, the Islanders are -6 in scoring differential. New York's top goalie is Ilya Sorokin, who is giving up an average of 2.43 goals per game. In his 33 games played, he has turned in 22 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 45 games, the San Jose Sharks' goal and overall scoring leader is Timo Meier, with 52 points. He has reached his mark of 23 goals, on a shooting percentage of 11.6%. So far, 39.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Tomas Hertl, who has 18 assists to go along with his 22 goals. However, when on the ice, the Sharks are -5.0 in scoring differential. San Jose's top goalie is James Reimer, who is giving up an average of 2.91 goals per game. In his 30 games played, he has turned in 17 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Coming into this game, the Islanders have an over-under record of 21-32-3. When playing on the road, the over is hitting less than half the time, going 6-20-2. On the season, 39.0% of New York's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 45.0% of the scoring coming from the Islanders. In San Jose's 50 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 31-23-2. So far, taking the over when the Sharks are playing at home, has been a good bet with an over-under record of 16-10-2. On the season, 40.0% of San Jose's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 46.0% of the scoring coming from the Sharks. Even with the line at just 5.5 goals, I recommend taking the under.

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