New York Islanders at Minnesota Wild 12/9/2014 Free NHL Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 12/8/2014
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 8:00 PM ET
Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul
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On Tuesday night, the New York Islanders will look to get back on the winning track when they go up against the Minnesota Wild. During the 2013-14 season, the Islanders and the Wild split their two-game regular season series.
In their game against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday, the Islanders gave up three goals in the second and third periods to the St. Louis Blues and lost 6-4 at home. Their penalty kill had a rough game in that one, allowing the Blues to score on three of their five chances with the extra man.
The Islanders are scoring three goals per game this season while allowing opposing teams to score 2.7 goals per game against them. Right wing Kyle Okposo currently has five goals with 19 assists through 27 games. Netminder Jaroslav Halak has won 14 of his 19 starts this season with three shutouts, a .920 save percentage and a 2.26 GAA.
The Wild's offense played well in their game against the Anaheim Ducks last Friday, but their defense and goaltending did not as they ended up losing 5-4 at home. They allowed those five goals despite only giving up 21 shots on goal.
Minnesota's power play has been pretty poor through 25 games, but their penalty kill is one of the best in the league. Winger Zach Parise has 10 goals so far this season and a team-best 21 points. Goalie Darcy Kuemper has an 11-8-0 record with three shutouts, a 2.47 GAA and a .905 save percentage.
New York Islanders Betting Trends
New York Islanders are 19-8-0 Against the Spread
New York Islanders are 14-13-0 against the Over/Under
Minnesota Wild Betting Trends
Minnesota Wild are 14-11-0 Against the Spread
Minnesota Wild are 8-13-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
New York Islanders
12/06/14 LW Josh Bailey Foot "?" Tuesday vs Minnesota
12/05/14 D Travis Hamonic Shoulder out indefinitely
12/03/14 D Johnny Boychuk Upper Body out indefinitely
12/03/14 D Lubomir Visnovsky Upper Body out indefinitely
10/07/14 D Matt Carkner Back out indefinitely
12/05/14 D Ryan Suter Virus "?" Tuesday vs NY Islanders
11/05/14 LW Matt Cooke Hip out indefinitely
Josh's Pick: Take Minnesota
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