New York Islanders vs New Jersey Devils Prediction, 1/24/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York Islanders vs New Jersey Devils
Date: Sunday, January 24, 2021
Location: Prudential Center in Newark, NJ
Odds/Point Spread: Islanders (-135) Devils (+122)
MacKenzie Blackwood and the New Jersey Devils (2-1-1) play the New York Islanders (3-1-0) at Prudential Center on Sunday. The Devils open this contest at +122 while the Islanders are coming in at -135. The total opens at 6.5.
The Islanders will head into their next game feeling good after earning a 4 - 1 win over the Devils in their last contest. The Islanders had a good offensive outing and it showed in this victory. For the game, they converted 4 out of the 35 shots they put on goal. Additionally, they had 3 power play attempts and were able to notch 2 goals out of those attempts. New York had 2 penalty minutes while out there on the ice. The Corsi for the Islanders was 53 and the Corsi against was 55 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 49.1%. Their Fenwick sat at 40 while the Fenwick against was 35, telling us they have a rate of 53.3%. They won 35 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 17 attempts to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 40.7% and they had a PDO at even strength of 103.4 for this game. With regard to the opposition's stats, the New Jersey Devils tallied a total of 31 shots. They had a total of 6 penalty mins and they earned 1 power play chance.
Looking after the net for New York is Semyon Varlamov from Kuybyshev, USSR. He is 32 years old and has played 180 minutes defending the goal for the season. Varlamov is surrendering an average of 0.33 goals per game which has him sitting 1st among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 2nd among goalies in the NHL. Over the course of this season, he has allowed 1 goal. He holds a save percentage of .988 which has him sitting 1st among Eastern Conference goaltenders. So far this season, they have converted a total of 9 goals which puts them at 15th in the Eastern Conference and 28th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +3, ranking them 11th in the NHL. The Islanders currently have a total of 6 points, which puts them at 9th in the NHL and 7th in the conference. In the matter of shots at the opposing goalie, they currently have a total of 108 which puts them at 13th in the East and 26th in the NHL. As a group, New York has a total of 102 hits which has them averaging 25.5 per game. They currently have a total of 61 blocks for the year.
In their loss to the Islanders, New Jersey earned a 50.9% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 55 and they conceded a Corsi of 53. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 46.7% with a Fenwick of 35 and the Islanders ending the game with a 40 Fenwick. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that New Jersey played and you could say that they have had better days on the ice. They had a PDO at even strength of 96.6 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 59.5%. The Devils scored 1 goal of the 31 shots on goal they took. They had 1 power play chance in this outing but didn't put one in the back of the net. In discussing the opposition, the Islanders had 3 power play attempts and used that advantage to score 2 goals. New Jersey gave up 35 shots on goal and the Islanders ended up with a total of 2 penalty minutes.
In goal for New Jersey is MacKenzie Blackwood who is having a good season by allowing only 1.90 GAA and that has him ranked 4th among East goalies and 5th in the NHL. In the 190 minutes he has been on the ice this year, he has given up 6 goals. He has a save percentage of .948, which has him sitting 2nd among East goalies and 3rd in the NHL. When talking about goal differential, they currently sit 11th in the East and 18th in the league with -1. They have a total of 9 goals for the year which is good for 13th in the East. New Jersey has a save % as a team of .933 which has them ranked 5th in the league, which means scoring chances may be limited. They have a team shooting percentage of 8.0% ranking them 12th in the Eastern Conference.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take New York (-135)
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