Montreal Canadiens at New York Islanders Free Prediction

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The Montreal Canadiens, led by Max Domi and Tomas Tatar, are ready to take the ice against Josh Bailey, Anders Lee, the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center in an Eastern Conference showdown. The match will get going at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, November 5 and it’ll be televised live on The Sports Network.

Montreal Canadiens vs. New York Islanders Odds

New York enters the contest as the favorite with a moneyline of -130. The line for Montreal sits at +110, and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals (-110 for the over, -110 for the under).

Earning 7.0 units for moneyline bettors, New York is 8-5 straight up (SU) overall this year. That winning percentage, the NHL’s fourth-strongest so far this season, is a welcomed turnaround from how the team performed during the 2017-18 season (35-47). Among the team’s 13 games this season, five have gone under the total, while five have gone over and none have pushed. So far this year, the team is 3-2 SU at home.

The Islanders have converted on 22.5 percent of their power play chances this year, 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 78.0 percent of all penalties.

With a .928 save percentage and 29.6 saves per game, Robin Lehner (4-3-1) has been the primary option in goal for New York this year. If New York chooses to give him the night off, however, head coach Barry Trotz may turn to Thomas Greiss (6-2-2 record, .944 save percentage, 1.85 goals against average).

Over on the visiting bench, Montreal is 7-6 straight up (SU) and has netted 2.9 units for moneyline bettors this year. A total of seven of its contests have gone under the total, while five have gone over and just one has pushed. As the visiting team, the Canadiens are 2-3 SU so far.

The Canadiens have converted on just 14.3 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s ranked 25th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 14th overall and it’s successfully killed off 79.5 percent of all opponent power plays.

Carey Price (25.4 saves per game) has been the primary option in the net for Montreal. Price owns a 5-5-2 record, and has registered a .907 save percentage and 2.59 goals against average this year.

Montreal Canadiens at New York Islanders Free Picks

Free NHL Pick: SU Winner – Canadiens, O/U – Under

Betting Trends

  • The Islanders are 2-3 SU in games where they serve more penalty minutes than their opponent while the Canadiens are 1-4 SU when they serve more minutes than their opponent.
  • For both of these teams, the game went under the total in three of their past five outings.