Islanders vs Predators Predictions, Picks, Betting Tips 2/13/2020
Game: New York Islanders vs Nashville Predators
Date: Thursday, February 13, 2020
Location: Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
TV: No TV
Odds/Point Spread: Islanders (+118) Predators (-130)
Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators (26-22-7, 6th in the Central Division) host the New York Islanders (33-16-6, 3rd in the Metropolitan Division) at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, February 13, 2020. The Islanders open this game at +118 while the Predators are priced at -130. The over/under has been set at 6. The Islanders cover 57.7% of the time, having gone 30-22 SU. Nashville covers 45.3% of the time, going 24-29 straight up.
The New York Islanders head into this game holding a record of 33 wins and 16 losses, which puts them at 3rd in the Metropolitan Division. So far this year, they have scored a total of 163 goals which ranks 11th in the East and 19th in the league. Their goal differential is +14, which puts them at 10th in the league. The Islanders currently have a total of 72 points, which ranks 6th in the league and 5th in the Eastern Conference. Regarding shots toward the net, they currently have a total of 1,619 which ranks 15th in the conference and 30th in the league. As a group, New York has earned a total of 1,505 hits which has them averaging 27.4 per game. They currently have a total of 807 blocks for the season. The man in the crease for New York is Semyon Varlamov from Kuybyshev, USSR. He is 31 years old and has totaled 1,897 mins protecting the goal for the year. Varlamov is conceding 2.59 GAA which has him ranking 11th in the East and 17th among goaltenders in the NHL. For the season, he has given up 82 goals. He has a save percentage of .915 which has him ranking 10th in the East.
The New York Islanders had a good night with a 5 - 3 win against the Philadelphia Flyers the last time they stepped on the ice. The Islanders had a solid offensive performance in this win. In this game, they finished 5 out of the 25 shots they tried. Furthermore, they had 1 power play attempt but weren't able to score. New York earned a total of 4 penalty minutes in this outing. The Corsi for the Islanders sat at 46 and the Corsi against was 59 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 43.8%. Their Fenwick sat at 33 and the Fenwick against was 43, which means they had a Fenwick percentage of 43.4%. They took 20 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 22 of the face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 50.0% and they had a PDO at even strength of 110.6 for this matchup. Concerning opponent stats, the Philadelphia Flyers racked up a total of 38 shots. They finished with a total of 2 minutes in the box and they earned 2 power play attempts.
The Predators will be looking to get a victory in this matchup and for the season they sit with 26 victories and 22 losses. With reference to goal differential, they are ranked 8th in the West and 20th in the league with -4. They have earned a total of 176 goals for the season which has them sitting at 6th in the conference. Nashville has a save % as a team of .892 which has them ranked 28th in the league, which means scoring chances could be plentiful if they are aggressive. They have a team shooting percentage of 9.6% ranking them 6th in the West. In net for Nashville is Pekka Rinne who is having a bad year by surrendering 3.11 goals against average and that has him ranked 29th among West goalies and 51st among goalies in the NHL. In the 1,814 minutes he's played, he has given up 94 goals. He holds a save % of .895, which has him ranking 29th among West goalies and 57th among goalies in the NHL.
The Nashville Predators played the Vancouver Canucks in a game where the Predators went home in defeat by a final score of 6 - 2. In this outing, Nashville wound up with a 57.3% Corsi rating. They got there by having a Corsi of 51 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 38. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 58.9% by notching a Fenwick of 43 and the Canucks earning a 30 Fenwick. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Nashville had and you could say that they have had better days on the ice. Their PDO was 87.2 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 61.3%. The Predators scored 2 goals out of the 38 shots on goal they pursued. They had 6 power play attempts in this one and were able to notch 1 out of those chances. On the other side of the ice, the Canucks had 4 power play opportunities and took advantage of the situation by scoring 2 goals. Nashville gave way to 32 shots on goal and the Canucks racked up 37 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take New York (+118)
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