Colorado Avalanche vs. New York Islanders - 1/6/20 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Colorado Avalanche vs New York Islanders
Date: Monday, January 6, 2020
Location: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Avalanche (-112) Islanders (-102)
Philipp Grubauer and the Colorado Avalanche (25-13-4, 2nd in the Central Division) travel to Barclays Center on Monday where they'll meet the New York Islanders (25-12-3, 3rd in the Metropolitan Division). The line on this matchup has the Avalanche coming in at -112 and the Islanders are at -102. The over/under opens at 6. The Avalanche cover 59.5% of the time, having gone 25-17 SU. The Islanders cover 59.5% of the time, going 22-15 straight up.
The Colorado Avalanche head into this matchup with a record of 25 wins and 13 defeats, which puts them at 2nd in the Central Division. Thus far in the season, they have racked up a total of 156 goals which is good for 1st in the Western Conference and 1st in the NHL. Their goal differential is +33, which puts them at 2nd in the NHL. The Avalanche have a total of 54 points, which is good for 5th in the NHL and 2nd in the Western Conference. Regarding shots toward the net, they have a total of 1,386 which is good for 3rd in the West and 6th in the NHL. As a group, Colorado has collected a total of 726 hits which has them averaging 17.3 per contest. They have a total of 506 blocks for this year. The man looking after the goal for Colorado is Philipp Grubauer from Rosenheim, Germany. He is 28 years old and has been on the ice a total of 1,419 minutes in goal for the year. Grubauer is giving up an average of 2.87 goals against average which has him sitting 14th in the West and 29th in the NHL among goalies. During this year, he has allowed 68 goals. He holds a save % of .911 which has him sitting 16th in the West.
The Colorado Avalanche were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 5 - 2 victory against the New Jersey Devils in their last game. The Avalanche had a good offensive performance in the victory. In their game, they scored on 5 out of the 34 shots they put on goal. Moreover, they had 3 power play chances but weren't able to score. Colorado earned a total of 6 penalty mins while out there on the ice. The Corsi for the Avalanche was 53 and the Corsi against was 37 giving them a Corsi percentage of 58.9%. Their Fenwick was 41 while the Fenwick against was 29, which gave them a rate of 58.6%. They took 18 face-off wins and were beaten on 23 attempts to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 45.8% and they had a PDO of 113.8 for this one. Regarding their opponent, the New Jersey Devils earned a total of 30 shots. They finished with 26 minutes in the box and they earned 3 power play opportunities.
The Islanders will be the team across the ice and for the season they have 25 victories and 12 defeats. With regard to goal differential, they are sitting 7th in the Eastern Conference and 12th in the league with +8. They have earned a total of 112 goals for this season which has them at 13th in the conference. New York has a team save % of .917 which currently has them sitting 4th in the league, meaning scoring chances may be limited. They have a shooting percentage of 9.8% putting them at 8th in the conference. In goal for New York is Semyon Varlamov who is having an average year by surrendering 2.40 goals per game and that has him ranked 6th among East goalies and 10th in the NHL. In the 1,427 mins he's played this season, he's given up 57 goals. His save % is .920, which has him ranked 5th among East goalies and 12th in the NHL.
The New York Islanders played the Toronto Maple Leafs in a matchup where the Islanders took a loss by a score of 3 - 0. For this game, New York went home with a 50.0% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 46 and the other team having a Corsi of 46. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 52.1% by notching a Fenwick of 37 and the Maple Leafs earning a 34 Fenwick. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game New York played and you can safely assume that they'll look to improve in their next outing. They had a PDO of 86.4 and they earned an oZS percentage of 57.7%. The Islanders converted 0 goals of the 33 shots on goal they took. They had 1 power play attempt in this game but weren't able to score a goal. Concerning their opponent, the Maple Leafs had 1 power play attempt but didn't put the puck in goal. New York conceded 23 shots on goal and the Maple Leafs had 2 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Colorado (-112)
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