Squaring off for the final time this season, the Chicago Blackhawks and the New York Islanders collide at the Barclays Center in an East-West tilt. The matchup will get going at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 24, and you are able to catch it live on WGN Channel 9.
Chicago Blackhawks at New York Islanders Odds
Chicago (+105) is currently the underdog to New York (-125). The Over/Under (O/U), set at 7 goals, initially opened at -115 for the over and -105 for the under. That line has since shifted however, and it now sits at -110 for the over, -110 for the under.
Losing -11.6 units for moneyline bettors, New York is 31-43 straight up (SU) overall this year. That early-season winning percentage is a regression from the 41-41 record that the team posted during the 2016-17 season campaign. Of the teams 74 games this season, 45 have gone over the total, while 26 have gone under and just three have pushed. The team is 17-19 SU at home this year.
The Islanders have connected on 22.6 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that places them in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated 32nd overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 74.5 percent of all penalties.
The Islanders, as a collective unit, have been penalized just 3.4 times per game overall this season, and 4.4 per game over their last five outings. The team has been forced to stave off opposition power plays for just 5.6 minutes per game over their last five home outings.
With a .906 save percentage and 29.3 saves per game, Jaroslav Halak (18-33-6) has been the top goalkeeper for the Isles this season. If the Isles choose to rest him, however, head coach Doug Weight may turn to Thomas Greiss (12-12-12 record, .891 save percentage, 3.84 goals against average).
The Isles will continue looking for offensive production via John Tavares and Mathew Barzal. Tavares (77 points) is up to 32 goals and 45 assists and has recorded two or more points on 22 different occasions this year. Barzal has 20 goals and 56 assists to his credit and has recorded at least one point in 44 games.
On the other bench, Chicago is 30-45 straight up (SU) and has lost 20.8 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. A total of 37 of its contests have gone under the total, while 34 have gone over and just four have pushed. As the away team, the Blackhawks are 13-24 SU.
The Blackhawks have converted on just 15.9 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that places them in the bottom- overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 20th overall and it’s successfully killed off 79.1 percent of all penalties.
Chicago’s skaters have been penalized 3.4 times per game in total this season, 3.2 per game over their last five match ups total, and 3.8 per game over their last five road outings. The teams been forced to defend opponent power plays just 7.3 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Corey Crawford (.929 save percentage and 2.27 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for Chicago. Crawford is averaging 27.9 saves per game and has 16 wins, 12 losses, and two OT losses to his credit.
Patrick Kane (25 goals, 46 assists) has been one of the top playmaking threats for the visiting Blackhawks.
Chicago Blackhawks at New York Islanders Betting Predictions
Prediction: SU Winner – Blackhawks, O/U – Over
- New York (3-3 in shootouts) has more experience this season in games decided by shootout. Chicago has only participated in two shootouts this year, winning one and losing the other.
- The over has hit in four of New York’s last five outings.
- Chicago has managed 31.2 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while New York is averaging 36.6 shots per game over its last five home outings.
- Over Chicago’s last ten games, seven of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 1-6 in those games).
- The Islanders this season have tallied the 12th-most hits per game (22.6).