Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Canadiens vs Islanders Odds
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(5-0-1) Montreal Canadiens vs. New York Islanders (3-3-0)
Date: Wednesday October 26th
Time: 7:00 PM (EST)
Venue: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Islanders -122
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: OFF
NHL Betting Total: 5
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It’s been a great start to the season for the Canadiens, as they sit atop of the entire league in points, with 11.
New acquisition, Shea Weber, appears to be liking life in the Canadian French corridors, considering the defender is currently leading the team in both points and plus-minus.
The Isles have been par for the course so far, going .500 in their first six games and, though early on, it’s looking as if they’ll be in a dogfight for a playoff spot in the East.
The loss of Kyle Okposo is a puzzling one when you factor in his chemistry with star player, John Tavares, and also considering the team immediately went out and signed Andrew Ladd to a big contract after lettting Okposo walk.
The Canadiens have the best goaltender on the planet, who appears to be fully healthy after what was a year and a half of nagging injuries it seems. Carey Price has recorded a 1.67 GAA and .939 SV% while winning all three of his games he’s started this season.
If Montreal plans to make some noise this year (as they have early on), Price will be a key factor in doing so.
Alexander Radulov is looking like a solid gamble so far, posting five points in his six games and logging near the top minutes of any Canadiens’ forward.
Brendan Gallagher, Alex Galchenyuk, Max Pacioretty have all recorded at least five points as well to round out a balanced scoring attack up front.
Not to be outdone by the forwards on his new team, Shea Weber has a revelation thus far for Montreal after being acquired in a blockbuster deal during the summer for PK Subban.
Weber has logged by far the most minutes on the backend at 26:15 average per game, and leads the team with seven points in six games, along with a +10 rating.
The Canadiens currently rank 1st in both goals per game and goals against, which makes for a deadly combo.
New York Islanders
The Islanders have played to about where many expect them to be this season, right in the middle of the pack and in a fight for one of the final playoff spots in the East.
They currently sit 4th in the Metro Division, while ranking 15th in goals per game, and 14th in average goals against.
The forward group is deep with good young talent with big upside, led by captain John Tavares who is still just 26 years old but seemingly having been around forever.
He’s produced five points in six games thus far, while yet again adjusting to playing alongside new linemates which seems to be a reoccuring theme.
Joining Tavares on the attack are Josh Bailey (27), Casey Cizikas (25), Brock Nelson (25), Ryan Strome (23), and two promising teenagers in Anthony Beauvillier (19) and Matthew Barzal (19).
Beauvillier has dressed for five games so far in his young career and has recorded a point-per-game. Newly signed Andrew Ladd, is still adjusting to life in Brooklyn with just one point and a minus-3 rating in six games.
Jaroslav Halak claimed the starting gig for the Isles yet again this year, starting four games in 2016 and recording a 2-2 record with a .905 SV% and 2.77 GAA.
Thomas Greiss is challenging for time, however, who has a 1-1 record but superior numbers with a .912 SV% and 2.54 GAA, so this may turn out to be a time-share in the end or a more even split than on most teams.
The blueline is once again led by Johnny Boychuk and his pairing defender, Nick Leddy.
Both were astute acquisitions by GM Garth Snow, scooping them from being a second or depth defender on other teams and identifying the potential to be a top-pairing.
NHL Hockey Handicapping Trends
- New York is 3-1 at home at the Barclays Center this season.
- Montreal won all 3 games facing New York last season, winning each by at least a two goal margin and a total goal differential of 13-6.
Free Montreal Canadiens vs New York Islanders NHL Hockey Prediction
Both of these teams have a solid offense, though Montreal’s has graded out as the best so far early on.
Also, they have Carey Price and a defensive group that includes Shea Weber now, so goals are going to be very difficult to come by for the Isles.
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I like the Canadiens to continue to tack on wins in their strong start to the season.
The Habs currently have the best goals-per-game mark and the best goals-against mark in the league, and while New York has registered the best penalty kill, Montreal isn’t far behind at 7th so special teams shouldn’t swing the game by a drastic measure one way or another.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Montreal 4 – New York 2
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