New York Islanders vs. Montreal Canadiens - 12/3/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Game: New York Islanders vs Montreal Canadiens
Date: Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Location: Bell Centre in Montreal, QC
Odds/Point Spread: Islanders (+109) Canadiens (-120)
Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens (11-10-6, 5th in the Atlantic Division) play the New York Islanders (17-5-2, 2nd in the Metropolitan Division) at Bell Centre on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. The moneyline on this contest has the Islanders priced at +109 and the Canadiens are at -120. The over/under opens at 5.5. The Islanders are covering 68.2% of the time, having gone 15-7 SU. The Canadiens are covering 36.0% of the time, going 9-16 straight up.
The New York Islanders step onto the ice with a record of 17 victories and 5 losses, ranking them 2nd in the Metropolitan Division. During the season thus far, they have racked up a total of 69 goals which puts them at 13th in the East and 28th in the league. Their goal differential is +11, ranking them 7th in the league. The Islanders currently have a total of 36 pts, which puts them at 5th in the league and 3rd in the Eastern Conference. In the matter of shots at the opposing goalie, they currently have a total of 680 which puts them at 16th in the conference and 31st in the league. As a unit, New York has earned a total of 572 hits which has them averaging 23.8 per game. They currently have a total of 326 blocks for the year. Looking after the net for New York is Semyon Varlamov from Kuybyshev, USSR. He is 31 years old and has racked up 745 minutes minding the net this year. Varlamov is conceding 2.50 goals per contest which has him ranking 6th in the East and 12th in the NHL. For the season, he's given up 31 goals. He holds a save percentage of .918 which has him ranking 5th in the East.
The New York Islanders were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 2 - 0 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets in their previous contest. The Islanders left a lot to be desired in terms of their offense in this victory. In their game, they scored on 2 of the 27 shots they attempted. Additionally, they had 1 power play opportunity but weren't able to score. New York had 2 penalty minutes in this outing. The Corsi for the Islanders sat at 39 and the Corsi against was 52 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 42.9%. Their Fenwick sat at 31 while the Fenwick against sat at 39, which means they had a Fenwick percentage of 44.3%. They took 17 face-off wins and lost 24 of the face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 46.7% and they had a PDO of 108.7 for this one. Regarding their opponent, the Columbus Blue Jackets earned a total of 39 shots. They finished with 0 penalty mins and they earned 1 power play chance.
The Canadiens will be the team on the other side of the ice and for the season they have 11 victories and 10 defeats. In terms of goal differential, they are currently ranked 12th in the Eastern Conference and 22nd in the league with -8. They currently have a total of 87 goals for the year which has them at 7th in the East. Montreal has a team save % of .890 which currently has them ranked 26th in the league, meaning there could be plenty of chances to score if they attack the goal. They have a shooting percentage of 9.2% which is good for 10th in the conference. In goal for Montreal is Carey Price who is having a bad season by allowing 3.18 GAA and that has him 20th among East goalies and 42nd in the NHL among goalies. In the 1,283 mins he's been on the ice this season, he has surrendered 68 goals. He's earned a save % of .898, which has him placed 20th among East goalies and 38th in the NHL among goalies.
The Montreal Canadiens opposed the Boston Bruins in an outing where the Canadiens were on the wrong end of the score by a tally of 3 - 1. In this outing, Montreal earned a 51.9% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 41 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 38. They had a Fenwick percentage of 46.4% with a Fenwick of 26 and the Bruins finishing with a 30 Fenwick. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Montreal had and the stats tell us that they didn't play well overall. Their PDO at even strength was 97.9 and they had an oZS percentage of 48.5%. The Canadiens converted 1 goal of the 29 shots on goal they tried. They had 1 power play opportunity in this game but weren't able to notch a goal. Regarding the opposition, the Bruins had 3 power play opportunities and took advantage of the situation by scoring 1 goal. Montreal allowed 34 shots on goal and the Bruins earned a total of 4 penalty minutes.
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Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take Montreal (-120) and under the total goals
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