New York Islanders vs. Detroit Red Wings Matchup Preview


The New York Islanders, fueled by Anders Lee and Josh Bailey, are preparing to take the ice against Dylan Larkin, Gustav Nyquist, and the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena in an Eastern Conference tilt. Fox Sports Detroit will showcase the game, which gets going at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 8.

New York Islanders vs. Detroit Red Wings Odds

The money line for each team is currently set at an identical -110, and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals. The line for betting the total stands at -125 for the over and +105 for the under.

Netting 3.3 units for moneyline bettors, Detroit is 13-16 straight up (SU) overall thus far. That early-season winning percentage is a welcomed improvement compared to what the team did during last year’s regular season (30-52). Of the team’s 29 games this season, 15 have gone over the total, while 13 have gone under and just one has pushed. The team’s 7-9 SU at home this year.

The Red Wings have converted on 18.8 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 16th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 79.4 percent of all penalties.

Averaging 30.4 saves per game with a .920 save percentage, Jimmy Howard (9-11-4) has been the primary option in goal for Detroit this season. If the Wings, however, decide to rest him, head coach Jeff Blashill might roll with Jonathan Bernier (4-7-7 record, .896 save percentage, 3.40 goals against average).

New York has netted 3.8 units for moneyline bettors this season and is currently 13-14 straight up (SU). A total of 14 of its contests have gone under the total, while 11 have gone over and just two have pushed. The Islanders are 6-8 SU as the visiting team this season.

The Islanders have converted on just 14.6 percent of their power play chances this season, a figure that’s ranked 29th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 23rd overall and it’s successfully killed off 76.5 percent of all opponent power plays.

Thomas Greiss (25.6 saves per game) has been the primary option in the net for New York. Greiss owns an 11-7-1 record, and has registered a .918 save percentage and 2.61 goals against average this year.

New York Islanders at Detroit Red Wings Free Picks

NHL Prediction: SU Winner \u2013 Red Wings, O/U \u2013 Over

Betting Notes

  • The majority (61.5 percent) of New York’s wins have come by two or more goals, and the team is 8-10 overall in such games. 4 of Detroit’s wins (30.8 percent) have been decided by two or more goals.
  • The Islanders are 3-8 SU in games where they serve more penalty minutes than their opponent while the Red Wings are 10-7 SU when they serve more minutes than their opponent.
  • Two of Detroit’s last ten games have been decided by a shootout. The team is 0-2 in those games and 2-3 overall in shootouts this year.
  • For both of these teams, the over has hit in four of their last five matches.
  • New York is ranked 18th this season with 10.4 giveaways per game. That figure has trended higher, as it’s averaged 12.4 giveaways over its last 10 games and 12.6 giveaways over its last five.
  • Detroit has averaged 17.6 giveaways over its last five home games, a rise over its season average of 13.8 giveaways per game (ranked 30th).
  • New York skaters have accounted for the fifth-most hits in the league (25.5 per game).