NHL betting line favors Canadiens over Islanders
New York Islanders vs Montreal Canadiens Odds
The Montreal Canadiens will look to bolster their win total and reward moneyline bettors when the New York Islanders invade Bell Centre on Thursday.
The Canadiens currently sports a record of 11-4-1. The Islanders are 6-9-1. Betting totals have seen the Canadiens post a 7-9 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Islanders have gone 10-6 against the number.
Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Canadiens as -168 moneyline favorites in this particular NHL matchup earlier. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 5.5 before betting started to move the line at 5Dimes.
This game matches up the No. 12 (Canadiens) and the No. 4 (Islanders) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Montreal's No. 8-ranked offense (2.9 goals per game) against a Islanders defense that ranks No. 28 at 3.6 goals per game allowed. The Canadiens powerplay has clicked at a 17.9% rate while the Islanders have a 83.9% rate on the penalty kill.
New York lost its last outing, a 3-1 result against the Senators on February 19. Bettors who backed the Senators at -119 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.
Montreal won its last outing, a 3-1 result against the Rangers on February 19. Bettors who backed the Canadiens at +146 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.
New York Islanders Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing New Jersey are 2-8
After playing Ottawa are 3-7
After a loss are 4-6
Montreal Canadiens Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 2-8
Before playing NY Rangers are 6-4
After playing NY Rangers are 2-8
After a win are 8-2
A few Islanders at Canadiens trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of the NY Islanders last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of the NY Islanders last 5 games when playing Montreal
The total has gone OVER in 6 of the NY Islanders last 9 games on the road
NY Islanders are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games when playing Montreal
Montreal is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Montreal's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Montreal's last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Montreal's last 5 games when playing NY Islanders
NY Islanders at Buffalo, Saturday, February 23
Montreal home to NY Rangers, Saturday, February 23