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High-powered Islanders look to fire away vs Stars

The New York Islanders host the Dallas Stars tonight at the Barclays Center and will look to continue to their scoring surge. The Islanders are second in the league in goals per game (3.6) and are 9-3 SU at home. New York opened as a -118 favorite to get the win versus the Stars who are coming off a great road-win on Monday over the Rangers.

SHARK BITES
  • The favored team is 3-1 SU in the last four games in this matchup.
  • The Islanders are 5-2 SU in their last seven games vs Western Conference teams.
  • The total has gone UNDER in three of the Stars’ last four games against the Islanders.

The Islanders may be on fire offensively but there are some issues on the defensive end. New York has given up a ton of goals this season and ranks 26th in the league allowing 3.3 goals per game. And it doesn’t get much better at the Barclays Center where they rank 24th. Their style of play is great for fans but can be frustrating for head coach Doug Weight, who is trying to lead this team back into the playoffs after falling short last season. Bettors may also be interested to know that the Islanders are 4-1 SU in their last five games when hosting Dallas.

The Stars may be getting back on track and are 4-2 SU in their last six road games. Their most recent stretch before they landed in New York saw them lose three straight games to Western Conference teams and it should be concerning for Dallas backers.  Opening at +130, the value is risky to support a Stars victory tonight.

The total opened at 6 and the OVER should be considered. As mentioned, the Islanders score a ton of goals and allow just as many. The OVER has hit in seven of their last 10 games and nine of their 12 home games this season. If Dallas wants any shot to win this game, they’ll need to keep up with New York so expect a ton of pucks on net.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

On the opening NHL betting line for this matchup, New York sat as -130 favorites over at BetOnline. The total was set at 6 at Bovada but may move closer to puck drop.

OddsShark score prediction models pick a 3.1-2.8 result in favor of the Islanders today. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Dallas Stars vs New York Islanders Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

17-10-3 New York battles the Stars, currently with a 17-13-1 mark. The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 19-10-1 for the Islanders and 16-14-1 for the Stars. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and New York vs Dallas injuries news.

This game puts the Islanders, most recently No. 3 in the OddsShark NHL Power Rankings, up against the Stars, who rate a No. 18 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the New York Islanders' No. 2-ranked offense (3.6 goals per game) against a Dallas Stars defense that ranks No. 12 at 2.9 goals per game allowed. The Islanders power play has clicked at a 19.42% rate while the Stars have an 81.82% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Dallas was a 2-1 winner in its last match on the road against the Rangers. They won as +102 underdogs, while the total score of 3 made winners of UNDER bettors.

In their last action, New York was a 3-1 winner at home against the Capitals. Bettors on New York at -113 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

Betting Trends
  • Dallas is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Dallas is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
  • Dallas is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Dallas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • New York is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • New York is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 18 of New York's last 24 games
  • New York is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing Dallas

Next Betting Matchups

Dallas at New Jersey, Friday, December 15
New York at Columbus, Thursday, December 14

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