The New York Islanders (19-13-10) travel to face off against the Minnesota Wild (17-21-5) on Monday, January 15th. This game will be played at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul and televised on ESPN+. Both the Islanders and Wild will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Puck drop is scheduled for 6:00 ET.
New York Islanders vs Minnesota Wild
The New York Islanders Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Heading into today’s game, the Islanders have an overall record of 19-13-10, putting them in 9th place in the Eastern Conference. In the Metropolitan Division, they are currently in 4th place. On the road, New York has gone 8-8-4 this season.
Over their last ten games, the Islanders have gone 4-6, and they have lost two straight games on the road. As the underdog, New York has gone 9-7-7 this season and 2-3 in their last five games.
So far this season, the Islanders have an average scoring margin of -.3 goals per game. They have gone 22-20 against the puck line, including a road puck line record of 13-7.
Overall, New York has gone 17-6 vs. the puck line as the underdog, and they have 12 losses by more than one goal. In their last ten road games, the Islanders have gone 6-4 against the puck line.
After suffering a 3-1 loss on the road to the Predators, the Islanders are looking to bounce back today. The first two periods saw the Islanders struggling to find the net on offense, but they turned things around by scoring one goal in the third period. Against Nashville, New York’s offense scored their only goal at even strength. They recorded 25 shots on goal overall.
New York took a loss vs. the puck line in the game, going into the game favored by -1.5. The game ended below the over/under line of 6, with a combined total of 4 goals.
The Minnesota Wild Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
At home this season, the Wild have gone 10-9-3, and they are 12-4-2 when favored. In the Western Conference, Minnesota is in 13th place and 7th in the Central Division. Overall, the Wild have a record of 17-21-5, and they have lost their last three games.
Over their last ten games, Minnesota has gone just 2-8, and they are 1-4 in their last five games. Against teams from the Western Conference, the Wild have gone 8-11 this season, and they have been favored in 18 of their 43 games.
Minnesota comes into the game with a puck line record of 21-21 for the season. Over their last ten games at home, the Wild have gone just 4-6 against the puck line.
So far this year, Minnesota has won 10 games by multiple goals and has dropped 14 games by more than one goal. In their last ten games overall, the Wild have gone just 3-7 against the puck line.
Following a 6-0 loss at home to the Coyotes, the Wild are eager to bounce back. Minnesota’s offense struggled vs. the Coyotes, failing to come up with a goal in the game. The Wild’s offense finished with 8 giveaways and attempted 38 shots on goal during the game.
Minnesota was favored by -1.5 giving them a loss vs. the puck line. A total of 6 goals were scored in the game, resulting in a push on the over/under.
New York Offense Breakdown
On offense, the Islanders are averaging 3 goals per game which is 20th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 22nd in the league. This year, the Islanders have recorded a 6-4 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. For games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 13-9 record.
This season, the over/under record for the Islanders’ is 25-15-2. Over the course of the season, they have had 24 games that exceeded the over/under line of 6. On average, their games are averaging 6.4 goals per game.
Minnesota Offense Breakdown
In terms of their offensive performance, the Wild are averaging 2.8 goals per game this season, putting them in the 26th spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 19th in the league. Minnesota’s offense is currently ranked 21st in power play goals. When it comes to shorthanded goals, they are 28th in the league.
This season, the over/under record for the Wild’s is 20-18-4. Over the course of the season, they have had 21 games that exceeded the over/under line of 6. On average, their games are averaging 6.3 goals per game.
New York Team Defense
In terms of defense, the Islanders head into the game ranked 2nd in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 34.7 shots per game against New York. So far, they are 5th in shutouts, achieving 4 shutouts.
Minnesota Team Defense
Defensively, the Wild come into the season ranked 20th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 30.2 shots per game against Minnesota. For the season, they are ranked 22nd in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.
Islanders vs Wild Trends
- When looking at their past three road matchups, New York has an puck line record of 1-2 while averaging 2 per game. The team went 1-2 overall in these games.
- Although Minnesota has a straight up record of 0-5 in their last five home games, they have not held up as well vs the puck line going 1-4. The team averaged 1 goals per game in these games.
- The last five games that Minnesota was the underdog, they have an puck line mark of 1-4 while going 0-5 straight up.
- As the betting favorite, the Islanders have an puck line mark of just 1-2 in their last three games. New York posted a straight up mark of 1-2 in these matchups.
When it comes to a moneyline wager, I’m going with the Wild to defeat the Islanders while playing at home. Given the current moneyline odds at -119, I’m placing a wager on the Wild to win outright.
If you’re looking for a puck line bet, I’d suggest going with the Islanders to cover. Even in the event of a Wild victory, this game is expected to be closely fought, and the Islanders 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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