Two teams squaring off for the first time this season, the Vancouver Canucks and the New York Islanders meet at the Barclays Center in a cross-continent showdown. The opening face-off is at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, November 28, and you’ll be able to view the game live on Sportsnet Pacific.
Vancouver Canucks at New York Islanders Odds
New York heads into the game as the heavy favorite with a moneyline of -170. The line for Vancouver sits at +150, and the oddsmakers have put the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals. The odds for betting the total stand at -125 for the over and +105 for the under.
New York is 14-9 straight up (SU) and has netted 5.8 units for moneyline bettors this season. That winning percentage, the second-best in the Metropolitan Division in this young season, is an improvement over the 41-41 record from last years regular season campaign. Among the teams 23 games this season, 14 have gone over the total, while eight have gone under and just one has pushed. The teams 7-2 SU at home this season.
The Islanders have converted on 22.0 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 16th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 80.0 percent of all penalties.
The Islanders, as a collective unit, have been penalized just 3.7 times per game overall this season, 3.2 per game over their last five outings total, and 3.4 per game over their last five home outings. The teams had to defend opposition power plays for just 7.3 minutes per game over their last 10 outings, in total.
Averaging 30.3 saves per game with a .903 save percentage, Thomas Greiss (8-4-2) has been the primary option in goal for the Isles this season. If head coach Doug Weight decides to give him a breather, however, New York could turn to Jaroslav Halak (6-6-6 record, .903 save percentage, 2.96 goals against average).
Josh Bailey and John Tavares will both lead the charge for the Islanders. Bailey (28 points) is up to five goals and 23 assists and has recorded multiple points on nine separate occasions this year. Tavares has 15 goals and 11 assists to his name and has notched at least one point in 12 contests.
On the other side of the rink, Vancouver is 11-13 straight up (SU) and has netted 1.6 units for moneyline bettors this season. Through 24 regular season contests, 12 of its games have gone over the total, while another 12 have gone under and none have pushed. As the away team, the Canucks are 8-5 SU so far.
The Canucks have converted on 20.0 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 19th overall and it’s successfully defended 78.8 percent of all opponent power plays.
Vancouver’s players have been called for penalties 4.0 times per game this season, and 3.2 per game over their last five match ups. The teams had to defend opponent power plays just 6.4 minutes per game over their last five outings.
Jacob Markstrom (26.0 saves per game) has been the primary option in goal for Vancouver. Markstrom has six wins, 12 losses, and three OT losses to his credit, and has registered a .909 save percentage and 2.63 goals against average this year.
Leading the offensive attack for the visiting Canucks will be Brock Boeser (11 goals, 11 assists) and Bo Horvat (nine goals, eight assists).
Vancouver Canucks at New York Islanders Free Picks
Predictions: SU Winner – Islanders, O/U – Over
- New York is 1-1 in games decided by a shootout this season while Vancouver is 0-2 in shootouts.
- New York is putting up 3.7 goals per game across its three-game winning streak.
- Over New York’s last ten outings, six of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 4-2 in those games).