Islanders vs Wild Prediction - NHL Picks 1/15/24

Minnesota Wild (17-20-5) vs New York Islanders (19-13-10)

Game Info: Monday, January 15, 2024 at 6:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)

Betting Odds: Minnesota Wild -114 / New York Islanders -105 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The New York Islanders will play the Minnesota Wild on Monday night at the Excel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota. New York has lost three of their last four games, while Minnesota has lost four in a row. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Islanders vs Wild prediction.

Islanders Preview

The New York Islanders are 19-13-10 this year after they lost to Nashville by a score of 3-1 in their last game. New York led 1-0 in the third period, but allowed the last three goals in the game for the loss. The Islanders were out shot by a total of 28-25 and went 0-2 on the power play in the game. New York defeated Toronto by a score of 4-3 in the game prior to Nashville, but lost to Vancouver and Vegas before that. The Islanders are scoring 3.02 goals per game and they are allowing 3.29 goals against per game, while going 24.6% on the power play and 72.8% on the penalty kill. Mathew Barzal has led New York with 12 goals, 33 assists, and 127 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for New York is Ilya Sorokin, who is 13-9-8 this season with a 3.16 goals against average and a .909 save percentage. 

Wild Preview

The Minnesota Wild are 17-20-5 this season after they lost to Arizona by a score of 6-0 in their last game. Minnesota allowed three goals in the first period and two goals in the second period in the shutout loss. The Wild out shot Arizona by a total of 38-33 and went 0-3 on the power play in the game. Minnesota has also lost to Philadelphia and Dallas (twice) during this losing streak. The Wild are scoring 2.81 goals per game and they are allowing 3.38 goals against per game, while going 18% on the power play and 71.8% on the penalty kill. Kirill Kaprizov has led Minnesota with 13 goals, 21 assists, and 115 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Minnesota is Marc-Andre Fleury, who is 7-9-3 this year with a 3.12 goals against average and a .893 save percentage. 

Minnesota Wild Team Facts

  • The Wild have lost each of their last six home games.
  • The underdogs have covered the puck line in seven of the last eight games between the Islanders and Wild.
  • The Wild have lost the third period in five of their last six games at Xcel Energy Center.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in each of the Wild's last four games as favorites.

New York Islanders Team Facts

  • The underdogs have won each of the Islanders' last three games.
  • The Islanders have covered the puck line in each of their last seven games as underdogs following a road loss.
  • The Islanders have lost the third period in four of their last five games against Central Division opponents.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in 10 of the Islanders' last 11 games following a road loss.

Minnesota Wild Player Prop Facts

  • Matthew Boldy has scored at least one goal in seven of the Wild's last nine games as favorites.
  • Brock Faber has recorded at least one assist in five of the Wild's last six games against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • Marcus Johansson has recorded at least one point in each of the Wild's last six games as favorites against Metropolitan Division opponents.

New York Islanders Player Prop Facts

  • Mathew Barzal has recorded at least one assist in each of his four previous appearances in night games at Xcel Energy Center.
  • Noah Dobson has recorded at least one point in each of the Islanders' last six games against Central Division opponents.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Minnesota Wild rank 25th in the league for goals against per game this season (3.38).
  • The Minnesota Wild rank T31st in the league for power play goals against this season (40).
  • The New York Islanders rank 31st in the league for shots against per game this season (35.0).
  • The New York Islanders are one of only three teams to lose 3+ games when leading after Period 2 this season.

Islanders vs Wild Betting Prediction

Minnesota comes into this game really struggling over the last few weeks and they are only 10-9-3 at home this season. New York has lost three of their last four games and they are 8-8-4 on the road. Both of these teams are really struggling right now, but the Wild have been really bad. Minnesota has lost eight of their last nine games, with six of those losses coming by at least two goals. Take the Islanders here. 

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