New York Islanders at Los Angeles Kings - 2/26/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

New York Islanders at Los Angeles Kings - 2/26/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Kings (27-17-7) vs New York Islanders (19-20-8)

Game Info: Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 10:30 pm (Crypto.com Arena)

Betting Odds: Los Angeles Kings -110 / New York Islanders -110 --- Over/Under: 4.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Los Angeles Kings host the New York Islanders in Saturday NHL Action.

The New York Islanders Islanders come into this road contest with an overall record of 19-20-8. Through 47 games, the Islanders are 6th in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 119 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 Los Angeles Kings get set to host the New York Islanders Islanders with an overall record of 27-17-7. This mark places them 3rd in the Pacific division. Through 51 games, the Kings have scored 150 goals, giving them an average of 2.9. This output gives them a rank of 18th among NHL teams. On defense, Los Angeles is the 9th ranked unit, giving up 2.76 goals per contest. So far, the Kings have played the 12th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Los Angeles's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 14th in the NHL.

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Through 47 games, the New York Islanders' leading goal scorer is Brock Nelson. With his 9 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 28. 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 47 games, he has come up with 12 goals on a shooting percentage of 10.8%. However, when on the ice, the Islanders are -4 in scoring differential. New York's top goalie is Ilya Sorokin, who is giving up an average of 2.44 goals per game. In his 34 games played, he has turned in 22 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Coming into this game, the Los Angeles King's leader in points is Anze Kopitar. In Los Angeles's 51 games, he has come up with 14 goals and 33 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 10.1%. The team's top overall goal scorer is Adrian Kempe. Of his 23 goals, 17.0% have come during power play time. However, when on the ice, the Kings are -6 in scoring differential. Los Angeles's top goalie is Calvin Petersen, who is giving up an average of 2.68 goals per game. In his 21 games played, he has turned in 12 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Coming into this game, the Islanders have an over-under record of 17-27. However, when playing on the road, the over has fared better, going 11-10. On the season, 40.0% of New York Islanders' games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 45.0% of the scoring coming from the Islanders. Coming into this game, the Kings have an over-under record of 21-29. When playing at home, the over is hitting less than half the time, going 12-14. On the season, 43.0% of Los Angeles's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 50.0% of the scoring coming from the Kings. Look for this matchup to surpass the over-under line of 4.5 goals.

 

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