New York Islanders vs. Colorado Avalanche - NHL Prediction

NHL New York vs Colorado Avalanche Prediction 1/2/2024

The New York Islanders (17-10-9) travel to face off against the Colorado Avalanche (23-11-3) on Tuesday, January 2nd. This game will be played at Ball Arena in Denver. The Avalanche are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Islanders are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Penguins. Puck drop is set for 9:00 ET.

New York Islanders vs Colorado Avalanche

The New York Islanders Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

This season, the Islanders have put together an overall record of 17-10-9. When playing on the road, New York has gone 7-6-3, while their home record stands at 10-4-6. They are currently positioned 4th in the Eastern Metropolitan division and 6th in the Eastern conference. This season, New York has managed to win six games by a margin of more than one goal while losing nine games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line record for the season is 19-17.

In their most recent game, the Islanders fell to the Penguins on the road by a score of 3-1. During the initial two periods, the Islanders struggled offensively and remained without a goal, but they finally broke through with one goal in the third period. Against Pittsburgh, New York’s offense scored their only goal at even strength. They recorded 38 shots on goal overall.

As the underdog, New York suffered both a straight-up and loss vs. the puck line. With a combined total of 4 goals, the game concluded below the over/under line of 6.

The Colorado Avalanche Are Coming Off A Win

This season, the Avalanche have an overall record of 23-11-3. On the road, Colorado holds a 8-7-3 mark, and they are 15-4-0 when playing at home. This record has them sitting 1st in the Western Central division and 2nd in the Western conference. This season, Colorado’s average scoring margin is +.6, which has their puck line record at 18-19. Their average home scoring margin is +1.6, and in road games, it stands at -0.4.

In their most recent game, the Avalanche hosted the Sharks and secured a 3-1 victory. The Avalanche scored one goal in the first period against the Sharks and found the net two times in the 3rd period. Colorado’s offense came up with one power-play goals and added one when shorthanded. They wrapped up the game with 33 shots on goal.

Coming into the game favored by -1.5, Colorado also managed to pick up a victory against the puck line. The game finished below the over/under line of 6.5 with a combined total of 4 goals.

New York Offense Breakdown

For their offensive performance, the Islanders come in averaging 3 goals per game this season, which is 19th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 20th in the league. New York’s offense is currently ranked 18th in power play goals. When it comes to shorthanded goals, they are 4th in the league.

The Islanders’ over/under record this season is 21-14-1. For the season, they have had 20 games that surpassed this game’s over/under line of 6.5. Overall, their games are averaging6.4 goals per game.

Colorado Offense Breakdown

On the offensive side, the Avalanche are scoring an 3.6 goals per game this season, ranking 2nd in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 4th in the league. This season, the Avalanche are 13-7 when getting more shots on goal than their opponents. And in games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 8-4 record.

This season, the over/under record for the Avalanche’s is 19-16-2. Over the course of the season, they have had 19 games that exceeded the over/under line of 6.5. On average, their games are averaging 6.6 goals per game.

New York Team Defense

New York defense takes on the Avalanche ranked 3rd in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 35.2 shots per game against New York. They alsso are 4th in shutouts, with 4 shutouts.

Colorado Team Defense

In terms of defense, the Avalanche head into the game ranked 20th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 28.7 shots per game against Colorado. So far, they are 23rd in shutouts, achieving 1 shutouts.

Islanders vs Avalanche Trends

  • Across their last three road contests, New York has a 2-1 record vs the spread. Their overall mark in these games was 1-2, while averaging 2 goals per game.
  • Although Colorado has a straight up record of 1-4 in their last five home games, they have not held up as well vs the puck line going 0-5. The team averaged 2 goals per game in these games.
  • The last three games that Colorado was the underdog, they have an puck line mark of 1-2 while going 1-2 straight up.
  • The last three games that New York was favored, they have an puck line mark of 1-2 while going 1-2 straight up.

Islanders vs Avalanche Prediction

To those searching for a pure moneyline wager, the Avalanche is the clear pick. Still, with a payout of -175, it’s worth thinking about including this bet in a parlay.

When it comes to my suggested pick for the puck line, I’d advise taking the Islanders to cover. Even in the event of a Avalanche victory, this matchup is likely to remain closely contested, and the Islanders should cover the puck line.

With an over/under line sitting at 6.5 goals, we like this game to surpass that mark and recommend getting a bet down on the over.

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