“New York Islanders at Arizona Coyotes Matchup Preview


The New York Islanders, spearheaded by Mathew Barzal and Josh Bailey, are ready to take the ice against Clayton Keller, Nick Schmaltz, and the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena for an East-West tilt. The first puck will drop at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 18, and you can see it live on Fox Sports Arizona.

New York Islanders at Arizona Coyotes Odds

Arizona (-125) is currently favored over New York (+105), and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 6 goals (-125 money on the under, +105 on the over).

New York is 16-16 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 3.8 units this year. 17 of its games have gone under the total, while 12 have gone over and just two have pushed. This 2018-19 Islanders team is 8-8 SU on the road.

New York has converted on just 15.8 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s ranked 24th in the NHL. Its penalty kill is ranked 24th in the league, and it’s successfully killed off 76.8 percent of all penalties..

Boasting a .919 save percentage and 25.3 saves per game, Thomas Greiss (14-7-1) has been the primary option in goal for New York this year. Greiss did just play last night, however, so New York may decide to rest him and turn to Robin Lehner instead (4-10-3 record, .912 save percentage, 2.66 goals against average).

Arizona is 14-18 straight up (SU) and has lost 0.8 units for moneyline bettors this year. 16 of its outings have gone under the total, while 15 have gone over and just one has pushed. This season, the team’s 6-9 SU as the home team.

The Coyotes have converted on just 16.5 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that’s ranked 24th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked first overall, and it’s successfully killed off 88.8 percent of all penalties.

Darcy Kuemper has stopped 27.8 shots per game as the top option in goal for the Coyotes. Kuemper has four wins, nine losses, and two overtime losses and has registered a poor .909 save percentage and 2.85 goals against average this season.

New York Islanders vs. Arizona Coyotes Betting Predictions

NHL Pick: SU Winner \u2013 Coyotes, O/U \u2013 Over

Betting Trends

  • Six of Arizona’s last ten outings have been decided by two or more goals. The team is 2-4 overall in those games.
  • The Coyotes are 4-9 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 5-13 when they’re in the penalty box for fewer than 10 total minutes.
  • Three of New York’s last ten games have been decided by a shootout. The team is 1-2 in those games and 2-3 overall in shootouts this season.
  • For both of these teams, the total has gone over in three of their last five games.
  • New York is ranked 18th this season with 10.7 giveaways per game. That figure has trended upward recently, as the team’s averaged 12.5 giveaways over its last 10 games and 12.4 giveaways over its last five.
  • Arizona skaters have averaged 9.8 giveaways over its last five home games, a rise over its season average of 7.7 giveaways per game (ranked 6th in the NHL).
  • New York skaters have accounted for the seventh-most hits in the league (25.7 per game).