The Vancouver Canucks (26-11-3) travel to face off against the New York Islanders (18-11-10) on Tuesday, January 9th. This game will be played at UBS Arena in Elmont and televised on ESPN+. The Canucks are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Islanders are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Golden Knights. Puck drop is set for 7:30 ET.
Vancouver Canucks vs New York Islanders
The Vancouver Canucks Are Coming Off A Win
Heading into their matchup with the Islanders, the Canucks are in 2nd place in the Western Conference with a record of 26-11-3. In the Pacific Division, Vancouver is in 1st place. Over their last ten games, the Canucks have gone 6-4 and have won two games in a row.
On the road this season, Vancouver is 12-7-2 and has won their last two games away from home. Against teams in the Western Conference, the Canucks have gone 16-8 this season.
When playing on the road, Vancouver’s puck line record is 14-7, and their average scoring differential is +.8 goals per game. So far this season, the Canucks have won 20 games by multiple goals.
Overall, their puck line record is 28-12, and they have gone 7-3 against the puck line in their last ten games. In their last three road games, Vancouver’s puck line record is 2-1, and their average scoring margin away from home is +1.2 goals per contest.
In their last game, the Canucks went up against the Rangers and emerged as winners with a score of 6-3. Facing off against the Rangers’ defense, the Canucks offense scored in all three periods. All six goals came at even strength. They finished with 26 shots on goal and had 1 turnovers.
Entering the game as the underdog, Vancouver came away with a victory against the puck line. With a combined total of 9 goals, the teams exceeded the over/under line of 6.5 goals set for the game.
The New York Islanders Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
At home this season, the Islanders have gone 10-4-6 and are currently 3rd in the Metropolitan Division with a record of 18-11-10. In the Eastern Conference, New York is in 6th place and has gone 12-13 against other teams from the East. Over their last ten games, the Islanders have gone 4-6 and have lost two of their last three games.
As the favorite this season, the Islanders have gone 10-4-3 and have won their last two games when favored. Against teams from the Western Conference, New York has gone 7-8 this season. At home, the Islanders have gone 8-7-4 this season.
At home this year, the Islanders have a puck line record of just 8-12, and their average scoring margin per game is at -0.2 goals. So far, New York has been the underdog in 22 of their games, and their puck line record in those games is 16-6. Coming into this game, the Islanders have won two straight games against the puck line when favored.
Overall, the Islanders have 11 losses by just one goal, and their puck line record for the season is at 21-18. In their last ten home games, New York’s puck line record is 6-4, and their average scoring margin per game at home is also at -0.2 goals per game.
After suffering a 5-2 loss on the road to the Golden Knights, the Islanders are looking to bounce back today. The Islanders scored one goal in the first period against the Golden Knights and found the net one time in the 3rd period. All two goals came at even strength. They finished with 30 shots on goal and had 3 turnovers.
New York entered as the underdog and suffered both a straight-up loss and did not cover the puck line. The teams surpassed the over/under line, which was set at 6 goals, with a combined total of 7 goals.
Vancouver Offense Breakdown
In terms of their offensive performance, the Canucks are averaging 3.9 goals per game this season, putting them in the 1st spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 27th in the league. Vancouver’s offense is currently ranked 10th in power play goals. When it comes to shorthanded goals, they are 16th in the league.
So far, the Canucks have an over/under record of 24-14-2. Coming into the game, they have played 26 games that went beyond the 6.5 over/under line. Their games, on average, had 6.5 goals per game.
New York Offense Breakdown
The Islanders come into the game scoring an average of 3.1 goals per game, putting them 20th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the 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 12-7 record.
So far, the Islanders have an over/under record of 23-14-2. Coming into the game, they have played 22 games that went beyond the 6.5 over/under line. Their games, on average, had 6.4 goals per game.
Vancouver Team Defense
Vancouver defense takes on the Islanders ranked 10th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 30.2 shots per game against Vancouver. They also are 3rd in shutouts, with 4 shutouts.
New York Team Defense
In terms of defense, the Islanders head into the game ranked 3rd in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 35 shots per game against New York. So far, they are 4th in shutouts, achieving 4 shutouts.
Canucks vs Islanders Trends
- When looking at their past ten road matchups, Vancouver has an puck line record of 7-3 while averaging 3 per game. The team went 6-4 overall in these games.
- The Islanders are 3-2 puck line in their last home games and 3-2 straight-up.
- Going back to their last three games as the underdog, the Islanders have a straight up record of 0-3. But, their mark vs the puck line was just 1-2.
- In their last three games as the betting favorite, the Canucks have a strong straight up record of 2-1. In addition, their puck line record was 2-1 in these scenarios.
For a moneyline bet, I’m backing the Islanders to secure a victory over the Canucks at home. With the moneyline currently set at -127, I’m locking in my bet on the Islanders straight-up.
For a puck line prediction, our preference is the Islanders to secure a win and cover. Anticipate the Islanders to win this one by multiple goals over the Canucks.
When considering the over/under line, which is currently at 6.5 goals, we believe that this game will remain below that figure, and we recommend wagering on the under.
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