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NHL betting line favors Canadiens over Islanders

New York IslandersMontreal Canadiens
Feb 21, 7:30 PM | Bell Centre

New York Islanders vs Montreal Canadiens Odds

6-9-1TEAM RECORD11-4-1

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.

View NY Islanders vs Montreal Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
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.

Power Rankings:
This game matches up the No. 12 (Canadiens) and the No. 4 (Islanders) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.

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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

Next up:
NY Islanders at Buffalo, Saturday, February 23
Montreal home to NY Rangers, Saturday, February 23