Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Blackhawks vs Islanders NHL Odds
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(15-21-5) Chicago Blackhawks vs. New York Islanders (21-13-1)
Date: Thursday, January 3rd
Time: 7:30 PM ET
Venue: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Islanders -165
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The Chicago Blackhawks are eager to get back on the ice after dropping a 2-4 contest to Boston on New Year’s Day in the Winter Classic. Chicago will get their wish Thursday but up against an Islanders team riding a 4-game win streak.
Chicago had chances on New Year’s Day but ultimately drew iron more than they hit the back of the net. In the loss to the Bruins Patrick Kane was shut out of the scoring sheet for the first time in 7 games while Alex Debrincat did the same over 6 games. They’ll try to get back on track vs. a tough Islanders defense.
There are many ‘Hawks fans who thought young goaltender Collin Delia should have gotten the start in the Winter Classic over Cam Ward. Delia has been impressive in net so far and Chicago has won 4 of his 5 starts this season. He’s allowed just 5 total goals in 3 starts and will try to power the Blackhawks on Thursday.
New York Islanders
New York has been playing astute defense lately, holding 5 of the last 7 opponents to a goal or less. The Islanders are on an impressive run of winning 6 of their last 7 games which is astounding considering only one of those contests were at home.
The Islanders are just 5-5 in their last 10 at home so maybe that ‘s where Chicago gets an edge on Thursday? That’s probably not likely with Robin Lerner in net for NYI riding a personal five game win streak where he’s allowed only 3 total goals.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Blackhawks are 17-35 their last 52 road games
- Blackhawks are 2-8 their last 10 vs. Eastern Conference
- Islanders are 4-0 their last four
- Blackhawks are 6-1 the last seven meetings
Free Chicago Blackhawks vs. New York Islanders NHL Prediction:
Chicago has done some nice things lately with a 5-2 run over their last 7. New York just looks like the more solid team in this one, especially with the way their goaltender has been absolutely obliterating opposing offenses. The Islanders have an extra day of rest and it will show.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Islanders -165
The Blackhawks will ultimately fall in this one after the emotional turnaround of the Winter Classic.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Chicago 1 – New York 3
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