Montreal Canadiens vs. New York Islanders Prediction, NHL Odds

Edgar Chaput | Updated Apr 10, 2024

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The Montreal Canadiens will try to follow up on their greatest performance of the season when they visit the New York Islanders on Thursday.

April 11, 2024, 7:30 PM ET
UBS Arena
NY Islanders
Puckline +1.5 -145
Moneyline +180
Over / Under o +6
Puckline -1.5 +120
Moneyline -225
Over / Under u +6

Montreal won’t be making the playoffs for the third successive year, but that doesn’t mean they can’t give its fanbase something to cheer about, such as the 9-3 annihilation of the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday at home. They carry that swagger to New York where a hungry Islanders squad awaits. The latter are fighting for their playoff lives and last defeated the Rangers 4-2 on Tuesday.

The Islanders are favoured by the NHL odds, currently priced at -210 on the moneyline.

Canadiens vs. Islanders NHL Betting Odds

The Islanders will want to bring their best stuff to the ice on Thursday night. Montreal tends to get the better of them, having claimed three of the last four matches. That includes the first two meetings of the present campaign. As the Isles desperately cling to a Wild Card spot, the last thing head coach Patrick Roy needs is the Montreal Canadiens of all teams to obliterate playoff dreams.

There is something to be said about how a team in last place of its division can have a record against the spread as stellar as 49-29. As poor as the season has been overall, at least the Habs have been able to keep enough defeats relatively close. Caufield has a five-game point streak, Suzuki six points in five games, and Slafkovsky seven points in five matches. Arber Xhekaj’s season could be over as he’s currently listed on IR, and Kaiden Guhle is day-to-day.

The Islanders have looked completely lost at times, then like world beaters, then lost again before putting the pedal to the metal as we reach the regular season home stretch. Winners of five straight, Roy has his ensemble playing its best hockey at just the right time. Furthermore, the team has covered the puckline in four of its last five opportunities. Noah Dobson is on a three-game point streak, while Mathew Barzal had notched at least one point in five straight outings.

Montreal Canadiens

There aren’t that many nights from the 2023-24 season that Montreal Canadiens fans will remember fondly, but Tuesday, April 9 at home to the Flyers will be one of them. They put on a display fans hadn’t seen in some time and, more critically, hinted at what the future might hold.

The 9-3 drubbing of Philadelphia was all about the potential stars of tomorrow making an impact today. Samuel Montembeault shielded his net against 33 of the 36 shots fired in his direction. Juraj Slafkovsky, the recipient of so much criticism up until recently, netted a hat trick (17th, 18th, and 19th), team nominee for the Masterton Trophy Joel Armia scored his 17th, and Caufield and Suzuki continued to notch points via assists. Final scores of 9-3 don’t happen very often, especially courtesy of a side that’s had such a rough campaign.

New York Islanders

Tuesday’s match was highly satisfactory for the Islanders and their fans. The club needed to preserve its position in the Eastern Conference since they sit in a Wild Card spot. Better still, they got to be the cause of a setback for the Rangers, who are in line to finish first overall in the NHL.

Things started brilliantly, with the hosts netting three times in the opening period. Deflections and tip-ins were the method of choice on goals by Mike Reilly (sixth) and Bo Horvat (33rd). Kyle Palmieri (27th) was in the right place at the right time as he received the puck in the crease in front of a gaping net as a sprawling Igor Shesterkin was out of place. The visitors didn’t go down without a fight, scoring twice to make it a 3-2 game, but thankfully Semyon Varlamov stood tall, making 31 saves off 33 shots.

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