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Isles Cruising Since Coaching Change

Not one of the most quintessential matchups of the 2016-17 NHL season but it still has plenty of betting appeal with the Islanders pegged as the road underdogs against the Red Wings tonight. Although they’re a little distracted by the search for a new home rink, they’ve won five of six games since the firing of Jack Capuano and will face a team that’s been terrible on home ice.

SHARK BITES
  • The Red Wings are 0-4 SU in their last 4 games as favorite.
  • The Islanders are 7-2 SU in their last 9 games as an underdog.
  • The Islanders are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games on the road against the Red Wings.

I’m not saying it was all Capuano’s fault, but I’m also not saying it wasn’t. The Islanders have a talented roster and they’re starting to play like it under Doug Weight. Since the Michigan native took over the duties as the Isles bench boss, his team has come away with four wins in five tries as an underdog and has outscored opponents 19-10.

The Red Wings, however, have lost five straight games and have been shut out twice since January 22. Goaltending and defense have been a serious problem for the Wings as they’ve given up exactly four goals in three straight games.

This is not exactly how the people of Detroit wanted to close out the Joe Louis Arena, but with a 10-16 straight-up record at home so far, it doesn’t look like they’re going to have a choice.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

On the opening NHL betting line for this matchup, Detroit sat as -115 favorites over at BetOnline. The total was set at 5 at Bovada but may move closer to puck drop.

OddsShark computer prediction formulas pick a 4.6-0.9 win for the Islanders on Friday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

New York Islanders vs Detroit Red Wings Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the New York Islanders have seen them go 22-17-9 so far this season, while the Red Wings are at 20-21-9. In totals betting, the Detroit Red Wings are 23-21-6, while the Islanders are 24-20-4. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Detroit vs New York injuries news.

The Islanders - Red Wings odds would favor the Islanders if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Detroit is rated No. 29 in the current OddsShark poll, while New York is at No. 9.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Detroit's No. 24-ranked offense, averaging 2.52 goals per game, against a Islanders defense that ranks No. 18 at 2.88 goals allowed. The Red Wings power play is averaging 10.71% while the Islanders defense kills off 80.28% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

New York was a 3-2 winner in its last match at home against the Capitals. They won as favorites, while the total score of 5 made winners of UNDER bettors.

Detroit lost its last outing, a 4-3 result against the Devils on January 31. Bettors who backed the Devils at +129 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Betting Trends
  • NY Islanders is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
  • NY Islanders is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of NY Islanders's last 7 games
  • NY Islanders is 6-15 SU in its last 21 games on the road
  • Detroit is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
  • Detroit is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games at home
  • Detroit is 6-16 SU in its last 22 games at home
  • Detroit is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing NY Islanders

Next Betting Matchups

New York home to Carolina, Saturday, February 4th
Detroit at Nashville, Saturday, February 4th

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