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Temporary Home Has Not Been Sweet to the Islanders

Two points out of the playoffs, the 35-27-12 New York Islanders will host the Preds on Monday night in a pivotal inter-conference matchup. The Predators could have the upper hand this evening, winning six of their last seven games and three straight overall – but with a 15-21 SU record on the road this season, they could also be a good fade.

SHARK BITES
  • The Islanders are 5-2 SU and 7-0 on the puckline in their last 7 home games vs winning teams.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the Islanders' last 6 games.
  • The Predators are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games against the Islanders.

The Isles have much more to lose in this game and that should show in their play. They’ve lost four consecutive home games coming into tonight’s matchup and can’t afford a fifth if they have any hope of catching the Bruins in the Eastern Conference wild-card race.

Nashville has been one of the highest-scoring teams in the league this month and should get plenty of chances against an Islanders squad that’s given up 3.23 goals per game in March. That horrendous number is second only to the Avalanche and has led to the recall of Jaroslav Halak. In his first game since coming back up from the AHL, Halak stopped 37 of the Penguins’ 40 shots in an Islanders win and should be able to help stop that bleeding at the back end.

On its surface, this game is a toss-up and oddsmakers agree, opening the Isles as a -110 favorite. That said, the Islanders are prone to blow-ups and if you can find a Preds’ -1.5 line, it’s worth a sprinkle.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The New York Islanders were listed earlier today as -110 moneyline favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including Bovada), while odds makers set the opening betting total around 5.5.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 3.5-1.9 win for the Predators. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Nashville Predators vs New York Islanders Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The New York Islanders are 35-27-12 so far on the season. The Nashville Predators, meanwhile, are 38-25-11. OVER/UNDER betting fans have seen New York go 38-31-5 and the Predators go 40-29-5 on the totals. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and New York vs Nashville injuries news.

According to new NHL Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, it's the No. 27-ranked New York Islanders and the No. 9-rated Nashville Predators in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the New York Islanders No. 11-ranked offense (2.95 goals per game) against a Nashville Predators defense that ranks No. 15 at 2.77 goals per game allowed. The Islanders powerplay has clicked at a 15.46% rate while the Predators have a 80.72% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Nashville was a 7-2 winner in its last match at home against the Sharks. They won as favorites, while the total score of 9 made winners of OVER bettors.

The Islanders were a 2-1 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Bruins. That made winners of bettors who got Boston at -152 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for OVER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Nashville is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Nashville is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 16 of Nashville's last 22 games
  • Nashville is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • NY Islanders is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of NY Islanders's last 6 games
  • NY Islanders is 11-4 ATS in its last 15 games at home
  • NY Islanders is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Nashville at Boston, Tuesday, March 28th
New York at Philadelphia, Thursday, March 30th

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