The New York Islanders (20-16-11) travel to face off against the Montreal Canadiens (19-21-7) on Thursday, January 25th. This game will be played at Bell Centre in Montreal and televised on ESPN+. Both the Islanders and Canadiens will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 ET.
Islanders vs Canadiens
The New York Islanders Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
When playing on the road this season, the Islanders have gone 8-10-5, and their overall record in the Eastern Conference is 13-13. Over their last ten games, the Islanders have gone just 3-7 and are 20-16-11 for the season. In their last five games, the Islanders are just 1-4.
For the year, the Islanders have been favored in 22 games and have gone 11-7-4 in those matchups. In the Metropolitan Division, the Islanders are currently in fifth place, and they are ten games behind the division-leading Capitals. Against teams from the Eastern Conference, the Islanders have gone 7-8 this year.
On the season, the Islanders have a puck line record of 22-25, including going 13-10 on the road. In their last ten road games, New York has gone just 4-6 against the puck line.
So far this year, the Islanders have had 13 road losses by more than one goal, and their average road scoring margin is at -.7 goals per game. In their last ten games overall, the team has gone just 2-8 against the puck line.
The Islanders aim to bounce back following their 3-2 loss at home to the Golden Knights. During the first period, the Islanders started slow, but they turned things around by scoring one time in the second period and one goal in the third. In the game, the New York offense scored one time while short-handed and taking a total of 42 shots on goal.
New York went into the game favored by -1.5, giving them a loss vs. the puck line. The game finished below the over/under line of 5.5 with a combined total of 5 goals.
The Montreal Canadiens Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
At home this season, the Canadiens have gone 9-12-3, and they have lost three straight games overall. Against other Eastern Conference teams, Montreal has gone 10-15 this season, and they are in 14th place in the conference standings. Overall, the Canadiens are 19-21-7 this season, and they are in 7th place in the Atlantic Division.
As the underdog this season, Montreal has gone 16-20-7, and they have lost three straight games when listed as the underdog. Over their last ten games, the Canadiens have gone just 3-7, and they have lost three straight games overall. In games against the Eastern Conference, Montreal has gone 2-3 over their last five games.
As the underdog, Montreal’s puck line record this season is at 28-15, and they have dropped their last three games against the puck line. So far, the Canadiens have lost 15 games by more than one goal.
At home, Montreal has a puck line record of 13-11, and their average scoring margin at home is at -1.0 goals per game. In their last ten games at home, the Canadiens have gone 6-4 against the puck line.
The Canadiens aim to bounce back following their 4-1 loss at home to the Senators. In the first and second periods, the Canadiens didn’t score a goal, but they managed to break the drought with one goal in the third period. For the game, Montreal’s only goal came at even strength. Overall, they had 25 shots on goal vs. Ottawa.
As the underdog, Montreal suffered both a straight-up and loss vs. the puck line. The over/under line for the game was 7, and it concluded with a combined total of 5 goals.
New York Offense Breakdown
For their offensive performance, the Islanders come in averaging 2.9 goals per game this season, which is 23rd in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 21st in the league. New York’s offense comes into the game ranked 19th in power play goals. And in terms of shorthanded goals, they are 5th in the NHL.
The Islanders’ over/under record this season is 26-18-3. For the season, they have had 25 games that surpassed this game’s over/under line of 6. Overall, their games are averaging6.3 goals per game.
Canadiens Offense Breakdown
For their offensive performance, the Canadiens come in averaging 2.7 goals per game this season, which is 28th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 28th in the league. Montreal’s offense is currently ranked 18th in power play goals. When it comes to shorthanded goals, they are 14th in the league.
The Canadiens’ over/under record this season is 24-22-1. For the season, they have had 24 games that surpassed this game’s over/under line of 6. Overall, their games are averaging6.4 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 34.8 shots per game against New York. So far, they are 6th in shutouts, achieving 4 shutouts.
Montreal Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Canadiens’ defense is 29th in takeaways at 5.4 takeaways per contest. Overall, they are giving up 3.3 goals per game which is 3rd in the NHL.
Islanders vs Canadiens Trends
- Across their ten previous road games, New York has an puck line mark of 4-6. Their straight up record in these matchups was 2-8 while averaging 2 goals per game.
- Montreal has a 2-3 record in their last five home games. In this stretch, they averaged 2 goals per game while allowing 3. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 3-2.
- Spanning across their last three games as the betting underdog, the Canadiens have gone 0-3 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 0-3.
- Going back to their last ten games as the favorite, the Islanders have a straight up record of 4-6. But, their mark vs the puck line was just 2-8.
For a moneyline bet, I’m backing the Canadiens to secure a victory over the Islanders at home. With the moneyline currently set at +123, I’m locking in my bet on the Canadiens straight-up.
If you’re looking to get a bet down on this matchup, we foresee the Canadiens winning the underdog. However, if you’re not as confident in the Canadiens straight-up, we’d still recommend placing a bet on them to cover the puck line.
When considering the over/under line, which is currently at 6 goals, we believe that this game will go over that threshold, and we recommend wagering on the over.
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