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New York Islanders vs Chicago Blackhawks in NHL odds

Chicago Blackhawks

New York Islanders
28-7-7 January 02, 2014, 07:00 PM | Nassau Coliseum 13-21-7

NHL wagering interest swings to the New York vs Chicago battle on Thursday at Nassau Coliseum as the Islanders try to defend home turf and reward moneyline bettors.

The Islanders are 13-21-7 so far on the season. The Blackhawks, meanwhile, are 28-7-7. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen New York go 22-18-1 and the Blackhawks go 24-18 on the totals.

View Chicago Blackhawks vs New York Islanders Odds and Stats.

The Islanders were listed earlier today as 157 moneyline underdogs at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including Bovada, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 6.

According to new NHL Power Rankings here, it's the No. 30-ranked Islanders and the No. 1-rated Blackhawks in this matchup.

Chicago won its last outing, a 1-0 result against the Kings on December 30. Bettors who backed the Blackhawks at -143 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (1) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

The Islanders were a 5-3 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Bruins. That made winners of bettors who got New York at +217 on the moneyline, while the total score (8) was good news for OVER bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up New York's No. 19-ranked offense (2.61 goals per game) against a Blackhawks defense that ranks No. 14 at 2.74 goals per game allowed. The Islanders powerplay has clicked at a 17.16% rate while the Blackhawks have a 76.38% rate on the penalty kill.

Next up:
Chicago at New Jersey, Friday, January 3rd
New York home to Hartford , Saturday, January 4th