New Jersey Devils vs New York Islanders Prediction, 3/11/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New Jersey Devils vs New York Islanders
Date: Thursday, March 11, 2021
Location: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Devils (+178) Islanders (-198)
Semyon Varlamov and the New York Islanders (16-6-4) play the New Jersey Devils (8-11-3) at Barclays Center on Thursday. The line on this game has the Devils priced at +178 and the Islanders are at -198. The over/under has been set at 5.
The Devils will need a bounce back game after taking a 5-4 loss against the Capitals their last time on the ice. The Devils had a solid offensive performance and it showed in the loss. In the outing, they tallied a score on 4 out of the 31 shots they looked to score on. In addition, they had 3 power play tries but weren't able to score. New Jersey recorded 8 penalty minutes in this contest. The Corsi for the Devils came in at 39 and the Corsi against when this game finished was 52 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 42.9%. Their Fenwick came in at 30 and the Fenwick against finished at 37, meaning they had a Fenwick rate of 44.8%. They accounted for 33 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 29 attempts to take control of the puck. When starting in the offensive zone they were rated at 23.9% and they had a PDO of 100.0 for this matchup.
New Jersey Devils opponents have 65 power play opportunities (27th in the league) and have a total of 23 goals in those chances. The Devils have had 679 shots attempted against them and are the owners of a save percentage of .898. New Jersey has taken 658 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 8.4%. While playing at even strength, the Devils have allowed the opponent to score 46 goals while notching 47 of their own. New Jersey steps onto the ice with 65 power play opportunities and they have added 8 goals out of those attempts, garnering them a percentage of 12.31%. For the current campaign, they have 19 points and their points percentage comes in at .432. Concerning their scoring, the New Jersey Devils have notched 55 goals (30th in hockey) this season and have surrendered 69.
Protecting the goal for this matchup will be Mackenzie Blackwood. In his career, Blackwood has recorded 43 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .566. His save percentage is at .914 for his 4,656 mins in the crease. Blackwood has had 2,487 shots taken against him and has garnered 2,273 saves. Opponents have scored 214 goals versus Blackwood in his career and his goals against rate is 2.76. He has compiled an overall record of 37-30-9 and he was named the starter in 76 games. Blackwood has participated in 82 games throughout his NHL career.
Their last time out, New York squared up with the Bruins in a game where the Islanders ended up with the win by a final score of 2-1. They had 2 attempts on the power play in this matchup and scored 1 out of those chances. The Islanders netted 2 goals of the 27 shots on goal they pursued. Their PDO was 100 and their percentage of oZS was 39.5%. New York had a 48.0% Corsi rating. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that New York had and it tells us that they didn't have their best game. They had a Fenwick percentage of 43.7% with a Fenwick of 31 and the Bruins ending the game with a 40 Fenwick at even strength.
New York has taken 779 shots (11th in professional hockey) and has earned a shooting percentage of 9.50%, while allowing their opponents 717 shots. They have earned a penalty kill rate of 82.26% on their opponents 62 chances on the power play, and their save percentage is currently 92.2%. They have a tally of 68 chances on the power play and they have a power play percentage of 23.53%. The Islanders have earned 58 goals at even strength and 16 goals (17th in professional hockey) while on the power play. They have allowed 56 goals to be scored by way of 45 goals at even strength and 11 goals while they had less men on the ice. For the season, the New York Islanders have earned 74 goals, 36 points, in addition to a points percentage of .692.
On the other side of the ice you will find Semyon Varlamov in net. He has recorded 14,091 stops out of 15,385 shots attempted, giving him a save percentage of .916. Varlamov has accrued a career record of 244-187-59 and has participated in 512 games. He got the starting nod in 489 games and has accumulated 29,341 mins. Varlamov's quality start rate comes out to 56.0% and he has qualified for 274 quality starting assignments in his NHL career. His opponents are averaging 2.65 goals per game and he has surrendered 1,294 goals altogether.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take New Jersey (+178)
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