Canucks vs Islanders Prediction - NHL Picks 1/9/24

New York Islanders (18-11-10) vs Vancouver Canucks (26-11-3)

Game Info: Tuesday, January 9, 2024 at 7:30 pm (UBS Arena)

Betting Odds: New York Islanders -120 / Vancouver Canucks +100 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Vancouver Canucks will play the New York Islanders on Tuesday night at UBS Arena in Elmont, New York. Vancouver has won three of their last four games, while New York has lost three of their last four. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Canucks vs Islanders prediction.

Canucks Preview

The Vancouver Canucks are 26-11-3 this year after they defeated the Rangers by a score of 6-3 in their last game. Vancouver scored three goals in the first period and they were able to pull away after the Rangers cut the lead to 3-2. The Canucks were out shot by a total of 42-26 and did not have a power play in the game. Vancouver defeated New Jersey by a score of 6-4 in the game prior to New York, but lost to St. Louis by a score of 2-1 before that. The Canucks are scoring 3.82 goals per game and they are allowing 2.59 goals against per game, while going 23.8% on the power play and 78.4% on the penalty kill. J.T. Miller has led Vancouver with 18 goals, 35 assists, and 85 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Vancouver is Casey DeSmith, who is 6-3-2 this year with a 2.58 goals against average and a .917 save percentage. 

Islanders Preview

The New York Islanders are 18-11-10 this season after they lost to Vegas by a score of 5-2 in their last game. New York was tied at one after the first period, but allowed Vegas to score four of the last five goals in the game for the loss. The Islanders out shot Vegas by a total of 30-29 and went 0-2 on the power play in the game. New York defeated Arizona by a score of 5-1 in the game prior to Vegas, but lost to Colorado and Pittsburgh before that. The Islanders are scoring 3.08 goals per game and they are allowing 3.26 goals against per game, while going 23.4% on the power play and 71.8% on the penalty kill. Mathew Barzal has led New York with 11 goals, 29 assists, and 111 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for New York is Ilya Sorokin, who is 12-7-8 this year with a 3.17 goals against average and a .909 save percentage. 

New York Islanders Team Facts

  • The Islanders have lost six of their last 10 games as home favorites against opponents who are on the second leg of a back-to-back.
  • The Islanders have covered the puck line in each of their last eight games following a road loss.
  • The Islanders have won the second period in nine of their last 11 games as favorites against Pacific Division opponents.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 2' market has hit in each of the Islanders' last eight games at UBS Arena.

Vancouver Canucks Team Facts

  • The Canucks have won two of their last three games as underdogs against the Islanders.
  • The Canucks have covered the puck line in nine of their last 10 games as underdogs against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • The road team has won the second period in four of the Canucks' last five games.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 3' market has hit in each of the Canucks' last seven games as underdogs against Metropolitan Division opponents.

New York Islanders Player Prop Facts

  • Kyle Palmieri has scored a goal in three of the Islanders' last four games as favorites against Pacific Division opponents.
  • Brock Nelson has recorded at least one point in each of the Islanders' last nine games against the Canucks.
  • Mathew Barzal has recorded at least one assist in nine of his 10 previous appearances against the Canucks.
  • Noah Dobson ranks 1st in the Eastern Conference for average time on ice (25:53) this season.

Vancouver Canucks Player Prop Facts

  • J.T. Miller has scored at least one goal in six of the Canucks' last seven games against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • J.T. Miller has recorded at least one point in each of the Canucks' last nine games as underdogs against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • J.T. Miller has recorded at least one assist in eight of the Canucks' last nine games on the second leg of a back-to-back.
  • Quinn Hughes ranks 1st in the Western Conference for Plus/Minus (+30) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The New York Islanders rank 1st in the league for Period 1 goals allowed per game this season (0.56).
  • The New York Islanders rank 31st in the league for shots against per game this season (35.1).
  • The Vancouver Canucks are one of three teams to rank in the top 10 for both goals scored and goals conceded per game this season.
  • The Vancouver Canucks rank 4th in the league for goals against per game this season (2.60).

Canucks vs Islanders Betting Prediction

New York comes into this game right in the middle of the Metropolitan standings and they will be at home for this matchup. The Islanders are 10-4-6 at home this season, but they have lost three of their last four games, all of which were on the road. The Canucks will be on the second game of a back to back after playing the Rangers on Monday night and they have played pretty inconsistently over the last week or two. The Islanders have had some issues on defense this year and will be facing one of the highest scoring teams in the NHL. Take the Canucks here. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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