Two clubs that split their season series 1-1 last year, the Calgary Flames and the New York Islanders take the ice at the Barclays Center in a cross-continent tilt. Sportsnet will showcase the action, which gets going at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 11.
Calgary Flames at New York Islanders Odds
The money line for either side is currently set at an identical -110 and the oddsmakers have put the Over/Under (O/U) at an even 6 goals. The line for betting the total stands at -120 money on the over and +100 on the under.
Calgary is 28-27 straight up (SU) and has lost 4.3 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 55 regular season matches, 29 of its games have gone under the total, while 25 have gone over and just one has pushed. The Flames are 15-11 SU on the road in 2017-18.
Calgary has converted on just 16.9 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a mark that places them in the bottom-10 overall among NHL teams. Its penalty kill is ranked 22nd overall, and it has successfully killed off 79.1 percent of its penalties.
The Flames, as a collective unit, have been called for penalties 4.2 times per game overall this season, and 5.4 per game over its last five road outings. The teams been forced to kill penalties 15.8 minutes per game over their last five road outings.
Sporting a .921 save percentage and 29.1 saves per game, Mike Smith (23-23-6) has been the primary option in goal for Calgary this season. If Calgary chooses to rest him, however, they might turn to David Rittich (5-4-2 record, .927 save percentage, 2.20 goals against average).
Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan will both be offensive focal points for the visiting Flames. Gaudreau has 65 points on 18 goals and 47 assists, and has recorded multiple points in 19 different games. Monahan has 27 goals and 23 assists to his creditand has notched a point in 32 games.
New York is 27-29 straight up (SU) and has lost 3.1 units for moneyline bettors thus far. 36 of its outings have gone over the total, while 17 have gone under and just three have pushed. This season, the teams 15-12 SU as the home team.
The Islanders have converted on 22.0 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that places it in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 31st overall, and it’s successfully killed off 73.6 percent of all opponent power plays.
Islanders skaters have been penalized only 3.4 times per game in total this season, and 2.4 per game over their last five at home. The teams had to kill penalties just 6.0 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Jaroslav Halak has stopped 29.8 shots per game as the top selection in goal for the Islanders. Halak has 17 wins, 21 losses, and four OT losses to his name and has registered a mediocre 3.23 goals against average and a poor .908 save percentage this year.
The Isles offense will be led by John Tavares (28 goals, 34 assists).
Calgary Flames vs. New York Islanders Betting Predictions
Prediction: SU Winner – Flames, O/U – Under
- Two of Calgary’s last ten games have ended in a shootout. The team is 0-2 in those games and 2-5 overall in shootouts this season.
- The over has hit in four of New York’s last five games.
- Over New York’s last ten outings, four of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 1-3 in those games).