New York Islanders at New Jersey Devils - 4/3/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

New York Islanders at New Jersey Devils - 4/3/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Tom Horak-USA TODAY Sports

New Jersey Devils (24-38-6) vs New York Islanders (31-27-9)

Game Info: Sunday, April 3, 2022 at 4:00 pm (Prudential Center)

Betting Odds: New Jersey Devils +138 / New York Islanders -175 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The New Jersey Devils host the New York Islanders in Sunday NHL Action.

The New York Islanders come into this road contest with an overall record of 31-27-9. Through 67 games, the Islanders are 5th in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 186 times, good for a rank of 25th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, New York Islanders is the 5th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.64 goals per game.

So far, the Islanders have a strength of schedule rating of 31st in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 20th ranked team in the NHL. The New Jersey Devils get set to host the New York Islanders with an overall record of 24-38-5. This mark places them 7th in the Metropolitan division. Through 67 games, the Devils have scored 204 goals, giving them an average of 3.0. This output gives them a rank of 18th among NHL teams. On defense, New Jersey is the 28th ranked unit, giving up 3.63 goals per contest. So far, the Devils have played the 5th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account New Jersey's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 25th in the NHL.

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Through 58 games, the New York Islanders' goal and overall scoring leader is Brock Nelson, with 49 points. He has reached his mark of 32 goals, on a shooting percentage of 22.9%. So far, 28% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Mathew Barzal, who has 34 assists to go along with his 14 goals. However, when on the ice the Islanders are -2 in scoring differential. New York's top goalie is Ilya Sorokin, who is giving up an average of 2.3 goals per game. In his 43 games played, he has turned in 30 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 67 games, New Jersey's leading goal scorer is Jack Hughes. With his 25 goals and 30 assists, he is second in overall points, coming in at 55. On the season, he is turning 15.3% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Devils have benefited from the strong play of Jesper Bratt, who is the team's overall leader in points. In New Jersey's 67 games, he has come up with 22 goals on a shooting percentage of 12.7%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +2.0. New Jersey's top goalie is Mackenzie Blackwood, who is giving up an average of 3.29 goals per game. In his 23 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 37 percent of the time.

Coming into this game, the Islanders have an over-under record of 31-34-1. However, when playing on the road, the over has fared better, going 18-14. On the season, 48.0% of New York's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 49.0% of the scoring coming from the IslandersIn New Jersey's 67 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 40-26-2. So far, taking the over when the Devils are playing at home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 17-16-1. On the season, 63.0% of New Jersey's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 46.0% of the scoring coming from the Devils. Even with a line set at just 5.5 goals, look for this matchup to fall below this number.

 

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