The New York Islanders (19-15-10) travel to face off against the Chicago Blackhawks (13-30-2) on Friday, January 19th. This game will be played at United Center in Chicago and televised on NBCS. Both the Islanders and Blackhawks will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Puck drop is scheduled for 8:30 ET.
Islanders vs Blackhawks
The New York Islanders Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
On the season, the Islanders have gone 19-15-10, which puts them in 6th place in the Metropolitan Division and 11th place in the Eastern Conference. In their last ten games, they have gone just 3-7 and have lost three straight games.
When playing on the road this season, New York has gone 8-10-4, and they have lost four straight games away from home. As the favorite, the Islanders have gone 10-6-3 this season.
On the road, the Islanders have gone 13-9 vs. the puck line this season, and they have a puck line record of 22-22 overall. So far, New York has 12 wins by one goal compared to seven wins by multiple goals. Their average scoring margin on the road is -.6 goals per game.
Coming into this game, the Islanders have dropped their last three games vs. the puck line and have gone just 4-6 vs. the puck line in their last 10 games. As the favorite, New York has a puck line record of just 5-14.
Following a 4-2 loss on the road to the Jets, the Islanders are eager to bounce back. In the first period against the Jets, the Islanders scored one goal, in addition to scoring one time in the 3rd period. In the game, New York managed to score all two goals at even strength. They concluded with 37 shots on goal and committed 9 turnovers.
As the underdog, New York suffered both a straight-up and loss vs. the puck line. The game concluded with 6 goals, resulting in a push on the over/under.
The Chicago Blackhawks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
At home this season, the Blackhawks have gone 9-11-1. In the Western Conference, Chicago is in 15th place with a record of 13-30-2. Against teams in the Central Division, the Blackhawks are 3-13.
Over their last ten games, Chicago has gone just 2-8 and 1-4 in their last five games. As the underdog, the Blackhawks have gone 12-29-2 this season and have lost four straight games when not favored.
Chicago comes into the game with a puck line record of 20-25 this season and an average scoring margin of -1.4 goals per game. They have gone 3-7 against the puck line in their last ten games and have dropped their last three vs. the puck line.
So far this season, the Blackhawks have been the underdog in all but two games and have gone 20-23 vs. the puck line in those contests. Overall, they have 24 losses by more than one goal compared to just five wins by multiple goals.
Coming off a 3-0 loss on the road to the Sabres, the Blackhawks are hoping to bounce back today. Chicago couldn’t crack the Sabres defense, and didn’t score a single goal. During the game, the Blackhawks’ offense had 1 turnovers and took 19 shots on goal while being shutout.
Chicago entered as the underdog and suffered both a straight-up loss and did not cover the puck line. The game finished below the over/under line of 6 with a combined total of 3 goals.
New York Offense Breakdown
The Islanders come into the game scoring an average of 2.9 goals per game, putting them 22nd in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 23rd in the league. The Islanders went 6-4 in games where they had more shots than their opponents. However, in games with fewer shots on goal, their record was 13-11.
This season, the Islanders have an over/under record of 25-16-3. Throughout the season, they have played 24 games that went over the 6 over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is 6.4 per game.
Blackhawks Offense Breakdown
In terms of their offensive performance, the Blackhawks are averaging 2.2 goals per game this season, putting them in the 31st spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 30th in the league. Looking at how the Blackhawks’ offense is performing during power plays, they are 29th in power play goals and 18th in shorthanded goals.
This season, the Blackhawks’ have an over/under record of 17-26-2. Throughout the season, they have played 20 games that did not exceed the 6 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 5.8 goals per game.
New York Team Defense
The Islanders defense is currently 2nd in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 35 shots per game against New York. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 5th with 4 shutouts.
Chicago Team Defense
Chicago defense takes on the Islanders ranked 5th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 32.4 shots per game against Chicago. They also are 25th in shutouts, with 1 shutouts.
Islanders vs Blackhawks Trends
- Although New York has a straight up record of 2-8 in their last ten road games, they have not held up as well vs the puck line going 4-6. The team averaged 2 goals per game in these games.
- Through their last ten home games, Chicago has an puck line record of just 6-4. However, their overall record was 5-5 while averaging 2 goals per game.
- Going back to their last three games as the underdog, the Blackhawks have a straight up record of 0-3. But, their mark vs the puck line was just 1-2.
- In their last ten games as the betting favorite, the Islanders have a straight up record of 4-6 and an puck line mark of 3-7.
If you’re looking for a straight moneyline bet, then the Islanders are the way to go. However, with a payout of -243, you might consider using this bet as a leg of a parlay.
My recommended pick for the puck line is to take the Blackhawks to cover. Even if the Islanders win straight-up, this one should be close throughout and the Blackhawks should cover the puck line.
If you’re looking at the over/under line set at 6 goals, our prediction is that this game will exceed that mark, and we strongly advise placing a bet on the over.
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