New Jersey Devils vs New York Islanders Prediction, 1/21/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New Jersey Devils vs New York Islanders
Date: Thursday, January 21, 2021
Location: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Devils (+143) Islanders (-179)
Barclays Center is the venue where Semyon Varlamov and the New York Islanders (2-1-0) will take on the New Jersey Devils (2-0-1) on Thursday. The Islanders open this matchup at -179 while the Devils are coming in at +143. The total is set at 5.5.
The Devils were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 4 - 3 victory against the Rangers in their last game. The Devils had a solid offensive performance in this win. In the outing, they earned a goal on 4 of the 28 shots they attempted. In addition, they had 2 power play attempts and were able to notch 1 goal out of those opportunities. New Jersey had 12 penalty minutes for this game. The Corsi for the Devils sat at 44 and the Corsi against was 55 telling us they have a Corsi percentage of 44.4%. Their Fenwick sat at 34 while the Fenwick against was 42, which earned them a Fenwick percentage of 44.7%. They took 23 face-off wins at even strength and lost 22 tries to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 37.5% and they had a PDO of 108.2 in this game. In terms of their opponent's stats, the New York Rangers earned a total of 50 shots. They had a total of 4 penalty mins and they earned 6 power play attempts.
The goalie for New Jersey is MacKenzie Blackwood from Vancouver, British Columbia. He is 24 years old and has racked up 190 minutes defending the net for the season. Blackwood is allowing 1.90 goals against average which has him ranked 5th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 6th among goalies in the NHL. So far this year, he has given up 6 goals. He holds a save % of .948 which has him ranked 3rd among Eastern Conference goaltenders. During the season thus far, they have converted a total of 8 goals which has them at 13th in the East and 25th in the league. Their goal differential is +2, which puts them at 13th in the league. The Devils currently have a total of 5 points, which has them at 7th in the league and 5th in the East. When discussing shots on goal, they currently have a total of 81 which has them at 13th in the Eastern Conference and 27th in the league. As a unit, New Jersey has racked up a total of 62 hits which means they are averaging 20.7 per game. They currently have a total of 31 blocks for the season.
The Islanders faced the Bruins in a game where the Islanders ended up with the win by a final score of 1 - 0. New York had a 35.9% Corsi rating. They earned that percentage by having a Corsi of 28 and they surrendered a Corsi of 50. They had a Fenwick percentage of 32.1% with a Fenwick of 17 and the Bruins ending the game with a 36 Fenwick. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game New York had and it tells us that they didn't have their best game. Their PDO was 110.0 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 24.1%. The Islanders notched 1 goal of the 17 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 5 power play opportunities in this outing but didn't score a goal. As for their opponent, the Bruins had 3 power play opportunities but weren't able to take advantage of it. New York allowed 27 shots on goal and the Bruins earned a total of 12 penalty minutes.
In net for New York is Semyon Varlamov who is having a good campaign by giving up only 0.00 GAA and that has him 1st among East goaltenders and 1st in the NHL. In the 120 mins he's played, he has allowed 0 goals. In connection with goal differential, the Islanders rank 10th in the East and 16th in the NHL with 0. They have a total of 5 goals for this season which is 15th in the Eastern Conference. New York has a team save percentage of .940 which has them sitting 3rd in the NHL, which means chances to score may be limited. They have a team shooting percentage of 6.8% which puts them at 14th in the East.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take New York (-179)
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