New York Islanders vs New Jersey Devils Prediction, 3/2/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York Islanders vs New Jersey Devils
Date: Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Location: Prudential Center in Newark, NJ
Odds/Point Spread: Islanders (-150) Devils (+125)
Prudential Center is the site where MacKenzie Blackwood and the New Jersey Devils (7-8-2) will play the New York Islanders (11-6-4) on Tuesday. The line on this game has the Islanders priced at -150 and the Devils are at +125. The O/U has been set at 5.5.
The Islanders were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 2-0 victory over the Penguins in their last game. The Islanders had a below average offensive outing in the victory. In the game, they tallied a score on 2 out of the 30 shots they tried. They also had 5 opportunities with more players on the ice and scored 2 goals. New York had 10 penalty mins in this matchup. The Corsi for the Islanders was sitting at 39 and the Corsi against was at 33 which had their Corsi percentage coming in at 54.2%. Their Fenwick was 30 and the Fenwick against finished at 24, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 55.6%. They accrued 20 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 22 attempts to win the puck. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 43.8% and they had a PDO of 100.0 for this one.
The Islanders have had 589 shots taken against them and hold a save percentage of .919. At even strength, the Islanders have given up 38 goals while having 41 themselves. New York Islanders opponents have totaled 54 power play opportunities (27th in professional hockey) and have notched 10 goals in those chances. For the current season, they have accumulated 26 points and their points percentage comes in at .619. New York has tried 628 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 8.9%. When discussing their goal scoring prowess, the New York Islanders have accounted for 56 goals (20th in the National Hockey League) for the season and have given up 48. New York comes into tonight with 60 power play opportunities and they have tallied 15 goals out of those attempts, giving them a rate of 25.00%.
The player guarding the cage in this matchup is Semyon Varlamov. From the beginning of his pro career to now, Varlamov has tallied 271 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is .558. He has a save percentage of .916 during his 29,156 mins between the pipes. Varlamov has seen 15,301 shots taken against him and he has 14,011 total saves. The opposition has scored 1,290 goals versus Varlamov in his professional career and his goals against average per game is 2.65. He has amassed an overall record of 241-187-59 and he started in 486 games. Varlamov has played in 509 games during his pro hockey career.
In their last contest, New Jersey faced the Capitals in a game where the Devils ended up taking the loss by a tally of 3-2. They had 3 power play opportunities in this game but were not able to net one. The Devils had 2 goals of the 21 shots on goal they attempted. Their PDO at even strength was 97 and their percentage of oZS was 66.7%. New Jersey earned a 56.4% Corsi rate. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that New Jersey played and we're sure they will look for better performances in the future. Their Fenwick percentage was 52.5% by notching a Fenwick of 32 and the Capitals finishing with a 29 Fenwick at even strength.
So far this year, the New Jersey Devils have notched a total of 45 goals, 16 points, as well as a points percentage of .471. They have granted a total of 50 goals to be scored by way of 30 goals at even strength and 20 goals while they were shorthanded. The Devils have tallied 37 goals at even strength and 8 goals (28th in the league) while on the power play. They have a total of 50 opportunities on the power play and they have accumulated a power play percentage of 16.00%. New Jersey has tried 510 shots (28th in pro hockey) and has earned a shot percentage of 8.82%, while allowing the other team 542 shots. They have earned a penalty kill percentage of 62.26% on their oppositions 53 power play chances, and their save percentage sits at 90.8%.
On the other side of the ice you are going to see Mackenzie Blackwood in net. Blackwood has accumulated a career mark of 37-28-9 and has participated in 80 games. Blackwood's quality start percentage is 56.8% and he has made 42 quality starts in his pro career. He has a tally of 2,240 stops out of the 2,445 shots attempted against him, giving him a rate of .916. Opponents are averaging 2.70 goals per contest and he has surrendered 205 goals altogether. He has been a starter 74 games and has been on the ice for 4,553 minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take New York (-150)
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