Detroit Red Wings vs. New York Islanders Matchup Preview


Dylan Larkin, Gustav Nyquist, and the Detroit Red Wings will do battle against Mathew Barzal, Josh Bailey, and the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum in an Eastern Conference matchup. Fox Sports Detroit Plus will broadcast the matchup, which gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 15.

Detroit Red Wings vs. New York Islanders Odds

This contest’s moneyline and Over/Under odds have not been posted by oddsmakers yet.

Earning 2.8 units for moneyline bettors, New York is 14-16 straight up (SU) overall this year. That win percentage, the third-best in the Metropolitan Division so far in this young season, is fairly close to what the team managed during last year’s regular season (35-47). 17 of the team’s 30 contests have gone under the total, while 11 have gone over and just two have pushed. This season, the team is 7-8 SU at home.

The Islanders have converted on just 14.3 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s ranked 28th overall in the NHL. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated 23rd overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 77.4 percent of all penalties.

Averaging 25.4 saves per game with a .918 save percentage, Thomas Greiss (12 wins, seven losses, and one OT loss) has been the top goalkeeper for New York this season. If head coach Barry Trotz decides to give him the evening off, however, the team could turn to Robin Lehner (4-10-10 record, .912 save percentage, 2.66 goals against average).

Detroit has earned moneyline bettors 2.3 units this season and is currently 14-19 straight up (SU). Through 33 regular season outings, 16 of its games have gone over the total, while 15 have gone under the total and just one has pushed. The Red Wings are 6-8 SU as the visiting team this season.

The Red Wings have converted on 17.2 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 23rd overall and it’s successfully defended 77.7 percent of all penalties.

Jimmy Howard (29.9 saves per game) has been the primary option in the net for Detroit. Howard has 10 wins, 13 losses, and four OT losses to his credit, and has registered a .922 save percentage and 2.69 goals against average this year.

Detroit Red Wings vs. New York Islanders Betting Predictions

Prediction: SU Winner \u2013 Islanders, O/U \u2013 Over

Betting Trends

  • Two of the Islanders’ last ten games have ended in a shootout. The team is 0-2 in those games and 1-3 overall in shootouts this year.
  • The under has hit in four of New York’s last five outings.
  • Over Detroit’s last ten games, six of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 2-4 in those games).
  • The Islanders this season have recorded the sixth-most hits per game in the NHL (25.8), but the club has averaged 30.0 over their past five games as the home team.