The New York Islanders (18-10-10) travel to face off against the Vegas Golden Knights (22-12-5) on Saturday, January 6th. This game will be played at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The Islanders are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Golden Knights are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Panthers. Puck drop is set for 10:00 ET.
New York Islanders vs Vegas Golden Knights
The New York Islanders Are Coming Off A Win
Coming into their game vs. Golden Knights, the Islanders have a 18-10-10 record. They hold a 10-4-6 record when playing at home, and they have gone 8-6-4 on the road. In the Eastern Metropolitan division, they are currently 3rd, and in the Eastern conference, they come into the game sitting 5th. New York has seven wins by more than one goals and dropped nine games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line record is 21-17 this season.
Facing the Coyotes in their last game, the Islanders won by a score of 5-1. In the first period against the Coyotes, the Islanders scored two goals, in addition to scoring three times in the 3rd period. Out of New York’s five goals, one were scored during power plays. They concluded the game with 31 shots on goal and had eight giveaways.
New York also picked up a win against the puck line, coming into the game favored by -1.5. The game ended with 6 goals, resulting in a push on the over/under line.
The Vegas Golden Knights Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
For the season, the Golden Knights currently hold an overall record of 22-12-5. On the road, Vegas has gone 9-8-3 and they are 13-4-2 at home. This record has them sitting 2nd in the Western Pacific division and 5th in the Western conference. This season, Vegas has managed to win 13 games by a margin of more than one goal while losing 11 games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line record for the season is 18-21.
Following a 4-1 loss at home to the Panthers, the Golden Knights are eager to bounce back. In the first period on offense, the Golden Knights managed to score one time, but that turned out to be the only scoring they could muster for the entire game. Vegas”s lone goal during the game occurred at even strength. They ended with 27 shots on goal in total.
Entering the game as the underdog, Vegas not only suffered a straight-up loss but also failed to cover the puck line. The over/under line for the game was 6, and it concluded with a combined total of 5 goals.
New York Offense Breakdown
On the offensive side, the Islanders are scoring an 3.1 goals per game this season, ranking 17th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 20th in the league. So far this year, the Islanders are 6-3 in games they have had more shots on goal than their opponent. They are 12-7 in games with fewer shots on goal.
The Islanders come in with an over/under record of 22-14-2. Over the season, there have been 21 games that have surpassed the 6 over/under line. Their games, on average, are at 6.4 goals per game.
Vegas Offense Breakdown
The Golden Knights come into the game scoring an average of 3.2 goals per game, putting them 12th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 3rd in the league. Vegas’ offense is currently ranked 8th in power play goals. When it comes to shorthanded goals, they are 10th in the league.
The Golden Knights come in with an over/under record of 18-21-0. Over the course of the season, they have had 19 games failing to surpass the 6 goal over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is at 6.1 per game.
New York Team Defense
The Islanders defense is currently 3rd in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 35.1 shots per game against New York. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 4th with 4 shutouts.
Vegas Team Defense
The Golden Knights defense is currently 11th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 30 shots per game against Vegas. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 10th with 2 shutouts.
Islanders vs Golden Knights Trends
- Across the Islanders last ten road games, the team averaged 3 goals per game while allowing 3. Their record vs the puck line in these contests was 8-2, while going 5-5 straight-up.
- Through their last ten home contests, the Golden Knights offense has averaged 3 goals per game while allowing an average of 3. Vegas posted an overall record of 3-7 while going 5-5 ATS.
- Going back to their last ten games as the underdog, the Golden Knights have a straight up record of 5-5. But, their mark vs the puck line was just 7-3.
- Across their last five matchups as the betting favorite, the Islanders have an overall record of 3-2 while going 2-3 against the spread.
When it comes to a moneyline wager, I’m going with the Islanders to defeat the Golden Knights while playing on the road. Given the current moneyline odds at +128, I’m placing a wager on the Islanders to win outright.
Our projections have the Islanders pulling out a win as the underdog. But if you’re not as bullish as we are on the Islanders, we’d recommend at least getting a bet down 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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