Anaheim Ducks Travel to New York to Face the Islanders
The Anaheim Ducks will head to the UBS Arena on Sunday evening to take on the New York Islanders in a non-conference matchup. This will be the second and final regular-season matchup after the Islanders picked up a 4-0 road victory on February 27.
The Ducks are currently fifth in the Pacific Division (27-23-9, 63 points), while the Islanders are sitting at sixth in the Metropolitan Division (21-24-8, 50 points).
These two teams have been hovering around .500 this season, and they are very similar so far. Let’s take a deeper dive into Anaheim and New York to determine the better option to bet on this game.
Game Preview: Anaheim Ducks at New York Islanders March 13
The Ducks are currently averaging 2.90 goals on 29.7 shot attempts, while the Islanders are scoring 2.57 goals on 29.2 shots this season. Center Troy Terry has been doing pretty well this season for Anaheim as he is tied for 13th in the sport with 49 points (28 goals, 21 assists) while adding four points in the last four games for himself.
New York is being led by center Mathew Barzal as he has recorded 37 points (12 goals, 25 assists) and has scored six points in his last five games so far.
John Gibson has been inside of the net for the Ducks this season and has been struggling as he is 17-16-8 with three goals allowed and a 90.7 save percentage so far. Compare this to the Islanders’ goaltender Ilya Sorokin as he has an 18-12-7 record with a 92.3 save percentage and 2.38 goals given up this season.
Looking at the defenses as a whole, Anaheim is allowing 3.10 goals on 33 shot attempts thus far, while New York is giving up 2.77 goals on 31.7 shots this season.
Anaheim Ducks at New York Islanders Betting Prediction
These offenses have been close enough to one another as Anaheim is averaging 3.5 goals in their previous four games while New York is scoring three goals in that same stretch. The fact that the Islanders have both left winger Anders Lee and defenseman Zdeno Chara out as they are both on Injured Reserve is going to be huge for this game.
It is extremely difficult to sweep an opponent for the season, especially with them being so close to another in terms of their records. The Ducks have been doing well on the puck line with a 35-24 record against the spread, while the Islanders are a brutal 22-31 against the spread.
All in all, go with the Anaheim Ducks to cover the puck line on the road against the New York Islanders.
* All odds provided by Action247 Sportsbook and all odds subject to change.
**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.