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Islanders' Leaky Defense Needs to Step Up vs Wild

The New York Islanders and Minnesota Wild are both holding down the second wild-card spot in their conferences and can improve their playoff positioning with a win when the clubs collide in Long Island on Monday.

MyBookie opened the Islanders as +106 home underdogs with a total of six.

Shark Bites
  • The home team is 4-1 SU in the last five meetings between the Islanders and Wild.
  • The Islanders are 1-5 SU in their last six games following a win.
  • The Wild are 6-2 SU in their last eight vs the Eastern Conference.

The Islanders have played seven of their last nine at home and have gone 3-2-1 SU at Barclays Center during that stretch. New York has collected back-to-back shutout victories, as Jaroslav Halak made 50 saves against the Rangers on Thursday while Thomas Greiss stopped 45 shots in Carolina the next night. In its last 11 contests, New York has surrendered at least 39 shots on 10 occasions.

Minnesota recently went 2-1-2 on its home stand on Saturday, as a 3-2 setback to Anaheim was decided in the 11th round of a shootout. Eric Staal had his five-game point streak ended on that matchup but still leads Minnesota with 52, including a team-high 26 goals.

OVER bettors have been profiting in this series of late. In the last five meetings between the Islanders and Wild, the OVER is 4-1.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the New York Islanders as 109 moneyline underdogs in this particular NHL betting matchup earlier. The over under total, meanwhile, was set early at 6 before betting started to move the line at Bet365 .

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 3-2.8 result in favor of the Islanders. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Minnesota Wild vs New York Islanders Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The New York Islanders sport a record of 29-25-6 heading into this matchup, while the Minnesota Wild sit at 31-20-7 on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 36-21-3 for the Islanders and 30-26-2 for the Wild. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and New York vs Minnesota injuries news.

According to new NHL Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, it's the No. 26-ranked New York Islanders and the No. 6-rated Minnesota Wild in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits New York's No. 4-ranked offense, averaging 3.33 goals per game, against a Wild defense that ranks No. 12 at 2.86 goals allowed. The Islanders power play is averaging 21.93% while the Wild defense kills off 80.49% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Minnesota lost its last outing, a 3-2 result against the Ducks on February 17. Bettors who backed the Ducks at +122 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

In their last action, New York was a 3-0 winner on the road against the Hurricanes. Bettors on New York at +166 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

Betting Trends
  • Minnesota is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Minnesota is 5-13 ATS in its last 18 games on the road
  • Minnesota is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of NY Islanders's last 5 games
  • NY Islanders is 5-13 ATS in its last 18 games at home
  • NY Islanders is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of NY Islanders's last 5 games when playing Minnesota

Next Betting Matchups

Minnesota at New Jersey, Thursday, February 22nd
New York at Toronto, Thursday, February 22nd