Montreal Canadiens vs New York Islanders Prediction, 2/20/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Montreal Canadiens vs New York Islanders
Date: Sunday, February 20, 2022
Location: UBS Arena in Elmont, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Canadiens (+198) Islanders (-245)
The Montreal Canadiens (9-33-7) are on their way to UBS Arena on Sunday where they will try to beat the New York Islanders (18-20-6). The odds on this game have Montreal at +198 while New York is at -245. The betting total is set at 6.
The Montreal Canadiens were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 3-2 win against the Blues their last time on the ice. The Canadiens offense didn't overly impress in this victory. For the outing, they were able to notch a goal on 3 out of the 30 shots they looked to score on. They also had 5 chances with the advantage but weren't able to convert one of them into a goal. Montreal recorded 14 minutes in the box in this contest.
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Montreal Canadiens opponents have tallied 164 power play opportunities (3rd in professional hockey) and have a total of 43 goals in those attempts. The Canadiens have had 1,684 shots tried against them and have a save percentage of .885. Montreal has tried 1,446 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 7.5%. While at even strength, the Canadiens have conceded 150 goals while notching 89 on the offensive side of the ice. Montreal has accumulated 146 power play chances and they have notched 19 goals during those chances, garnering them a rate of 13.01%. For the current campaign, they have racked up 25 points and their points percentage is .255. Regarding their goal scoring prowess, the Montreal Canadiens have notched 108 goals (31st in the National Hockey League) for the season and have given up 193.
The man protecting the net in this game is Sam Montembeault. Over the course of his career, Montembeault has earned 13 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .371. His save percentage currently is at .894 for his 2,395 minutes on the ice. Montembeault has seen 1,306 shots taken against him and he has 1,167 total saves. Opponents have racked up 139 goals against Montembeault in his NHL career and his goals against average is 3.48. He has earned a mark of 12-18-7 and he started in 35 games. Montembeault has been in net for 48 contests during his NHL career.
In their last contest, New York played the Bruins in a game where the Islanders ended up with the victory by a tally of 4-1. They had 2 opportunities on the power play in this contest and netted 1 goal out of those attempts. The Islanders scored 4 goals out of the 29 shots on goal they attempted.
The Islanders have racked up 87 goals at even strength and 21 goals (29th in pro hockey) while on the power play. New York has taken 1,270 shots (31st in the NHL) and has earned a shot percentage of 8.50%, while allowing the other team 1,374 shots. For the season, the New York Islanders have earned a total of 108 goals, 42 points, and a points percentage of .477. They have earned 113 power play opportunities and they have a power play rate of 18.58%. They have earned a penalty kill percentage of 82.41% on their opponents 108 power play opportunities, and their save percentage sits at 91.3%. They have permitted 120 goals to be scored by way of 101 goals at even strength and 19 goals while they had less men on the ice.
Across the rink you will find Ilya Sorokin in goal. He has accounted for 1,388 stops out of the 1,509 shots attempted, giving him a rate of .920. Sorokin is the owner of a lifetime mark of 28-17-8 and has played in 53 games. He got the starting nod in 52 contests and has been on the ice for 3,098 minutes. Sorokin's percentage of quality starts comes out to 67.3% and he has earned 35 quality starting assignments in his NHL career. His opponents are averaging 2.34 goals per contest and he has surrendered 121 goals altogether.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Montreal (+198)
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