Montreal Canadiens at New York Islanders 12/23/2014 Free NHL Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 12/22/2014
Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 7:00 PM ET
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale
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The Montreal Canadiens will look to keep their hot streak going on Tuesday when they visit the New York Islanders. Last season, the Canadiens found a way to win two out of their three games against the Islanders.
The Canadiens have now won four out of their last five games after defeating the Ottawa Senators 4-1 at home on Saturday night. Goalie Carey Price was solid in that game, stopping 24 of the 25 shots that came his way.
Through 34 games this season, the Canadiens have one of the top penalty kills in the league by stopping opposing power plays 86.1 percent of the time. Price is now 18-9-1 on the season with two shutouts and a solid 2.27 GAA. Left wing Max Pacioretty has been Montreal's top offensive player this year by notching 13 goals and 14 assists.
On Saturday night, the Islanders won their fourth consecutive game when they beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 at home. They were very clearly the more prepared team in that game, finishing with a huge 48-21 shooting advantage.
So far this year, the Islanders are near the top of the NHL in scoring with three goals per game. All-Star center John Tavares has a team-high 13 goals with 15 assists through 33 games this season, while right wing Kyle Okposo leads the team in assists with 21.
Montreal Canadiens Betting Trends
Montreal Canadiens are 21-13-0 Against the Spread
Montreal Canadiens are 11-17-0 against the Over/Under
New York Islanders Betting Trends
New York Islanders are 23-10-0 Against the Spread
New York Islanders are 16-17-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
12/12/14 D Mike Weaver Concussion out indefinitely
New York Islanders
12/20/14 C John Tavares Ear left last game, probable Tuesday vs Montreal
12/17/14 RW Michael Grabner Lower Body out indefinitely
10/07/14 D Matt Carkner Back out indefinitely
Josh's Pick: Take New York
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