Islanders vs Blues Prediction NHL Picks 2/22/24

St. Louis Blues (29-24-2) vs New York Islanders (23-18-14)

Game Info: Thursday, February 22, 2024 at 8:00 pm (Enterprise Center)

Betting Odds: St. Louis Blues -114 / New York Islanders -109 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The New York Islanders and St Louis Blues face off on Thursday in an NHL showdown at the Enterprise Center. Let’s look at the betting matchup and give a free Islanders vs Blues prediction.

Islanders Look to Build on Overtime Win

The Islanders faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the last game, and they gave up four goals, but they were still able to secure the victory in overtime. The Islanders had five different players that scored a goal. Brock Nelson finished with an assist and a goal. The Islanders are averaging 2.98 goals while their defense is giving up 3.33 goals per game. The offense is ranked 20th in the league while the defense is ranked 23rd. Mathew Barzal has scored 17 goals and added 42 assists so far this season. 

Blues Have Lost Two Straight Games

The Blues have lost two straight games, and they can’t feel very good heading into this game. Two games ago against the Nashville Predators, they were defeated 5-2 and in the last game against the Toronto Maple Leafs they were defeated 4-2. The Blues are averaging 2.91 goals, while their defense is giving up 3.11 goals per game. The offense is ranked 23rd while the defense is ranked 17th. Robert Thomas has scored 19 goals and added 43 assists so far this season. 

St. Louis Blues Player Prop Facts

  • Robert Thomas has scored a goal in each of the Blues' last four games against the Islanders.
  • Robert Thomas has recorded at least one point in each of his last seven appearances with the Blues as home underdogs against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • Robert Thomas has recorded at least one assist in each of the Blues' last six games as home underdogs.
  • Pavel Buchnevich has the equal-most Shorthanded Goals for the Blues this season (2).

New York Islanders Player Prop Facts

  • Bo Horvat has scored at least one goal in each of the Islanders' last six Thursday games.
  • Noah Dobson has recorded at least one point in each of the Islanders' last eight games as favorites.
  • Mathew Barzal has recorded at least one assist in each of the Islanders' last eight Thursday games.
  • Noah Dobson ranks T1st in the Metropolitan Division for Plus/Minus (+20) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The St. Louis Blues rank T2nd in the league in short handed goals this season (11).
  • The St. Louis Blues rank 30th in the league in penalty minutes this season (403).
  • The New York Islanders rank 32nd in the league in penalty kill percentage this season (71.26%).
  • The New York Islanders rank 8th in the league in power play percentage this season (23.49%).

Islanders vs Blues Betting Prediction

I really am not sold on either of these offenses. The Blues are averaging 2.91 goals, while the Islanders are averaging 2.98 goals per game. The Blues defense has been a bit inconsistent but they are going to step up again the Islanders offense and that is going to be the difference here as this game is going to end up being lower scoring. There are going to only be three or four goals scored total. Back the under. 

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

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