New York Islanders at Montreal Canadiens - 4/15/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

New York Islanders at Montreal Canadiens - 4/15/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens (20-43-11) vs New York Islanders (34-29-9)

Game Info: Friday, April 15, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Bell Centre)

Betting Odds: Montreal Canadiens +125 / New York Islanders -150 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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

The New York Islanders come into this road contest with an overall record of 34-29-9. Through 72 games, the Islanders are 5th in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 200 times, good for a rank of 25th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, New York is the 5th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.69 goals per game. So far, the Islanders have a strength of schedule rating of 28th 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 Montreal Canadiens get set to host the New York Islanders Islanders with an overall record of 20-43-11. This mark places them 8th in the Atlantic division. Through 74 games, the Canadiens have scored 193 goals, giving them an average of 2.57. This output gives them a rank of 28th among NHL teams. On defense, Montreal is the 32nd ranked unit, giving up 3.81 goals per contest. So far, the Canadiens have played the 8th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Montreal's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 31st in the NHL.

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Through 63 games, the New York Islanders goal and overall scoring leader is Brock Nelson with 52 points. He has reached his mark of 33 goals, on a shooting percentage of 22.3%. So far, 27.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Mathew Barzal, who has 35 assists to go along with his 14 goals. However, when on the ice, the Islanders are -11 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 45 games played, he has turned in 33 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 74 games, the Montreal Canadiens' goal and overall scoring leader is Nick Suzuki, with 56 points. He has reached his mark of 19 goals, on a shooting percentage of 11.0%. So far, 42.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Cole Caufield, who has 20 assists to go along with his 18 goals. However, when on the ice the Canadiens are --23 in scoring differential. Montreal's top goalie is Jake Allen, who is giving up an average of 3.3 goals per game. In his 35 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 51 percent of the time.

Coming into this game, the Islanders have an over-under record of 34-36-1. However, when playing on the road, the over has fared better, going 20-16. On the season, 49.0% of New York 's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 48.0% of the scoring coming from the Islanders. In Montreal's 74 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 41-31-2. So far, taking the over when the Canadiens are playing at home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 18-16-1. On the season, 62.0% of Montreal's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 41.0% of the scoring coming from the Canadiens. Look for this matchup to surpass this line, as even though Montreal will struggle to find the net vs a tough Islanders defense, I see New York having an above average scoring night vs a struggling Canadiens goalie group.

 

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