New York Islanders vs Colorado Avalanche Predictions, NHL Expert Picks 2/19/2020
Game: New York Islanders vs Colorado Avalanche
Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Location: Pepsi Center in Denver, CO
Odds/Point Spread: Islanders (+148) Avalanche (-164)
Pavel Francouz and the Colorado Avalanche (33-18-7, 3rd in the Central Division) play the New York Islanders (33-19-6, 3rd in the Metropolitan Division) at Pepsi Center on Wednesday, February 19, 2020. The Islanders open this contest at +148 while the Avalanche are priced at -164. The O/U has been set at 5.5. The Islanders cover 54.6% of the time, having gone 30-25 SU. The Avalanche cover 56.9% of the time, going 33-25 straight up.
The New York Islanders head into this game holding a record of 33 victories and 19 losses, which is good for 3rd in the Metropolitan Division. So far this season, they have scored a total of 164 goals which ranks 12th in the Eastern Conference and 23rd in the league. Their goal differential is +7, which is good for 14th in the league. The Islanders have a total of 72 pts, which ranks 9th in the league and 6th in the East. In terms of shots on goal, they have a total of 1,698 which ranks 15th in the Eastern Conference and 30th in the league. As a team, New York currently has a total of 1,587 hits which means they have an average of 27.4 per contest. They have a total of 855 blocks for the year. The man protecting the net for New York is Semyon Varlamov from Kuybyshev, USSR. He is 31 years old and has racked up 2,060 mins minding the net this season. Varlamov is allowing an average of 2.53 GAA which has him ranking 9th in the Eastern Conference and 14th among goalies in the NHL. For the year, he has surrendered 87 goals. He has a save percentage of .918 which has him ranking 7th in the Eastern Conference.
The New York Islanders will be looking to get a win in their next outing after their 2 - 1 loss against the Arizona Coyotes in their last game. The Islanders didn't have their best offensive outing in this loss. For this game, they scored on 1 out of the 29 shots they put on net. Furthermore, they had 3 power play attempts but weren't able to score a goal. New York ended up with 4 penalty mins for this game. The Corsi for the Islanders sat at 61 and the Corsi against was 57 giving them a Corsi percentage of 51.7%. Their Fenwick was 41 while the Fenwick against sat at 43, giving them a rate of 48.8%. They earned 16 face-off wins and were beaten on 25 of all total face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 48.1% and they had a PDO of 97.5 for this matchup. In discussing stats from the opponent, the Arizona Coyotes tallied a total of 32 shots. They finished with a total of 6 minutes in the box and they earned a total of 2 power play opportunities.
The Avalanche will be the team across the ice and for the current year they sit with 33 wins and 18 defeats. When it comes to goal differential, they are ranked 1st in the conference and 3rd in the league with +43. They currently have a total of 206 goals for the year which puts them at 1st in the conference. Colorado has a team save % of .911 which currently has them sitting 8th in the league, which means chances to score may be limited. They have a team shooting percentage of 10.8% which is good for 1st in the Western Conference. In net for Colorado is Pavel Francouz who is having an average campaign by surrendering 2.51 goals per game and that places him 5th in the West and 13th in the NHL. In the 1,244 mins he's been on the ice this year, he has given up 52 goals. He has a save % of .922, which has him placed 5th in the West and 10th in the NHL.
The Colorado Avalanche opposed the Tampa Bay Lightning in a matchup where the Avalanche took the loss by a final score of 4 - 3. In this outing, Colorado wound up with a 48.0% Corsi rating. They wound up with that percentage by having a Corsi of 49 and their opponent having a Corsi of 53. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 44.7% by earning a Fenwick of 34 and the Lightning ending the game with a 42 Fenwick. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Colorado played and you can say they had a mediocre outing. They had a PDO of 95.2 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 39.3%. The Avalanche converted 3 goals out of the 27 shots on goal they attempted. They had 4 power play chances in this outing and netted 1 out of those opportunities. In discussing their opponent, the Lightning had 1 power play chance but didn't put the puck in goal. Colorado allowed 27 shots on goal and the Lightning had 12 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take New York (+148)
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