Facing each other for the final time this season, the Nashville Predators and the New York Islanders meet at the Barclays Center in an East-West tilt. Sportsnet will broadcast the matchup, which gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, February 5.
Nashville Predators at New York Islanders Odds
Nashville is 31-19 straight up (SU) and has netted moneyline bettors 8.2 units this season. Through 50 regular season outings, 26 of its games have gone under the total, while 24 have gone over and none have pushed. The Preds are 13-11 SU as an away team in 2017-18.
Nashville has converted on 24.3 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a mark that places them in the top-5 among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 10th overall, and it has successfully killed off 82.3 percent of its penalties.
The Preds, as a collective unit, have been whistled for penalties 4.7 times per game overall this season, and 3.2 per game over its last five road outings. The team has had to kill penalties just 7.0 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
With a .927 save percentage and 28.7 saves per game, Pekka Rinne (26-11-3) has been the primary option in goal for Nashville this year. If Nashville chooses to rest him, however, they might go with Juuse Saros (5-9-4), who has a .927 save percentage and 2.33 goals against average this year.
The visiting Predators will be led by P.K. Subban and Filip Forsberg. Subban (40 points) is up to 13 goals and 27 assists, and has recorded two or more points in nine different games. Forsberg has 16 goals and 22 assists to his credit, and has notched a point in 26 games.
Over on the other bench, New York is 26-27 straight up (SU) and has lost 1.9 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 53 regular season matches, 33 of its games have gone over the total, while 17 have gone under and just three have pushed. This season, the teams 14-11 SU at home.
The Islanders have converted on just 20.2 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 31st overall, and it’s successfully killed off 73.7 percent of all opponent power plays.
New York players have been penalized only 3.4 times per game in total this season, and 2.0 per game over their last five outings. The team has had to defend opponent power plays just 6.4 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Jaroslav Halak has stopped 30.5 shots per game as the top choice in goal for the Islanders. Halak has 16 wins, 19 losses, and three overtime losses and has registered a .910 save percentage and 3.15 goals against average this season.
John Tavares (26 goals, 32 assists) will lead the attack for NY.
Nashville Predators vs. New York Islanders Betting Predictions
NHL Tip: SU Winner – Predators, O/U – Over
- New York is 3-1 in games decided by a shootout this season while Nashville is 4-4 in shootouts.
- The total has gone under in four of New York’s last five outings.
- Over New York’s last ten outings, six of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 2-4 in those games).