New York Islanders vs. Detroit Red Wings Game Preview

Matching up for the third and final time this season, the New York Islanders and the Detroit Red Wings collide at Little Caesars Arena for an Eastern Conference showdown. Fox Sports Detroit will air the action, which gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 7.

New York Islanders at Detroit Red Wings Odds

With a moneyline of -140, Detroit enters the game as the noticeable favorite. The line for New York sits at +120 and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 7 goals. The line for betting the total stands at -110 money on the over and -110 on the under.

New York is 34-47 straight up (SU) and has lost 12.3 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 81 regular season contests, 49 of its games have gone over the total, while 29 have gone under and just three have pushed. The Isles are 15-25 SU on the road in 2017-18.

New York has converted on 23.0 percent of its power play chances this season, a mark that places them in the top-10 among NHL teams. Additionally, its penalty kill is ranked 31st out of 31 teams, and it’s successfully killed off only 73.5 percent of all penalties.

For the team as a whole, the Isles have been penalized just 3.4 times per game overall in the 2017-18 season, and 5.2 per game over its last five on the road. The teams had to stave off opponent power plays just 7.5 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Boasting a .908 save percentage and 29.3 saves per game, Jaroslav Halak (20-34-6) has been the top option in goal for New York this season. If head coach Doug Weight decides to rest him, however, New York could turn to Thomas Greiss (13-13-2 record, .890 save percentage, 3.86 goals against average).

Mathew Barzal and John Tavares will both spearhead the attack for the visiting Islanders. Barzal (83 points) is up to 22 goals and 61 assists, and has recorded two or more points 19 times. Tavares has 36 goals and 47 assists to his credit (and has registered a point in 49 games).

Over on the other bench, Detroit is 30-51 straight up (SU) and has lost 17.4 units for moneyline bettors thus far. 44 of its games have gone under the total, while 35 have gone over and just two have pushed. This season, the team is 16-24 SU at home.

The Red Wings have converted on just 17.2 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s ranked 24th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 22nd overall, and it’s successfully killed off 77.8 percent of all penalties.

Red Wings players have been penalized 3.7 times per game in total this season, and 3.0 per game over their last five home outings. The teams been forced to kill penalties just 6.8 minutes per game over their last five outings.

Jimmy Howard (26.8 saves per game) has been the primary option in goal for the Red Wings. Howard has 22 wins, 38 losses, and nine overtime losses and has maintained a poor .910 save percentage and 2.85 goals against average this year.

Dylan Larkin (15 goals, 47 assists) will pace the attack for the home team.

New York Islanders at Detroit Red Wings Betting Predictions

Free Pick: SU Winner – Islanders, O/U – Under

Betting Notes

  • Detroit is 5-1 in games decided by a shootout this season while New York is 3-3 in shootouts.
  • The total has gone over in four of Detroit’s last five outings.