The Habs are on the playoff bubble while the Isles aim to close the gap on the Washington Capitals for first place in the Metropolitan division.
Canadiens vs Islanders Betting Analysis
The Habs bounced back from one of their worst losses of the season when they beat the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night in Montreal. The club fell 8-2 at Anaheim on the final game of its West Coast trip beforehand.
The Canadiens are 3-7 straight up in their last 10 road games and 17-18 away from home on the season. They’re also just 15-36 SU in their last 51 contests as road underdogs.
The Under is 20-9-2 in Montreal’s last 31 games and 30-37-3 on the season overall. The Habs are 3-0 in their last three meetings against the Isles and 7-3 in the last 10 – including a 4-3 shootout win at New York back in November.
The Islanders are coming off a 2-0 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday and are 3-1 in their last four games. New York is one of the biggest surprise teams of the season as evidenced by their moneyline statistics.
A $100 bettor would be up $1268 if they backed the Isles in all their games, however, the Islanders are up just a shade over two units at home this season. New York is 11-5 SU in its last 16 home games and 14-6 in its last 20 games as home favourites.
The Islanders are one of the best Under bets in the NHL. They’ve played below the Over/Under line in 41 of their 69 regular season games.
Carey Price is the new all-time wins leader for Habs goalies following his victory over the Detroit Red Wings earlier this week. Price has returned to form a year after a nightmare campaign. The former Hart Trophy winner has improved his goals against average (2.59 vs 3.11) and his save percentage (.914 vs .900) from the 2017-18 season.
Price would love it if his teammates could find a little bit more luck with the man advantage. The Canadiens have just one power play goal in their last 10 games.
New York Islanders
NYI supporters have learned to appreciate results like the one on Monday night where their club produced just 20 shots but still came away with a 2-0 win. One of those two goals of course came via an empty-netter. The Isles lack offensive punch and they are averaging just 2.55 goals scored per game since the All-Star break.
The Over is 2-1 in their last three games but all of those contests were without No. 1 goalie Robin Lehner. He’s expected to make his return to the starting lineup on Thursday now that he’s fully recovered from an upper-body injury.