Canadiens vs. Islanders Prediction: NHL Betting Odds

Andrew Rogers | Updated Nov 04, 2018

Mathew-Barzal

The Habs have had trouble putting together consistent result and could learn a thing or two from the Islanders , who carry a five-game winning streak into Monday’s home encounter with the Canadiens.

Montreal
44-30-8
AT
November 05, 2018, 7:00 PM ET
Barclays Center
NY Islanders
48-27-2-5
Puckline +1.5 -230
Moneyline +100
Over / Under o +5.5

54%

Betting Action

46%

Puckline -1.5 +190
Moneyline -125
Over / Under u +5.5

54%

Betting Action

46%

Montreal has alternated wins and losses over its previous eight games, and is coming off one of its most listless efforts of the season in a 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night.

Canadiens vs Islanders Betting Analysis

It might come as a minor surprise to some to see the Islanders as only modest favourites against the up-and-down Canadiens, given that the hosts have outscored their opponents by a combined 19-7 tally over the course of their winning streak. But bettors beware: The Isles have just three victories in their previous 14 games against Atlantic Division opponents, while the Canadiens are a sizzling 21-5 in their last 26 following a home loss of three or more goals.

The total for this one is set at 5.5, and there are conflicting trends at work between the teams. Montreal has converted the under four times with one push in its previous six games against teams with winning records, but is an unfathomable 9-1-1 O/U in its last 11 vs. the Metropolitan Division. The Islanders have gone below the number in each of their previous four home games, but are 8-3 O/U in their last 11 encounters with Atlantic Division foes.

Montreal Canadiens

Montreal has enjoyed its trips to Long Island and Brooklyn over the years, having won seven of its previous eight road games against the Islanders. But improving on that record will require improvement on the offensive end – and the power play in particular. Montreal enters the weekend having scored on just 14.3 percent of its man-advantage opportunities, ranking in the bottom 25 percent of NHL teams. No Habs player has scored more than one power-play goal.

New York Islanders

The Islanders have relied on a near-even split of goaltending duties so far this season, with Robin Lehner and Thomas Greiss sharing the load. And they’ve both been sensational, with Greiss rocking a 1.85 goals-against average and a .944 save percentage and Lehner boasting a 2.45 GAA and a .928 save percentage. Offensively, the Islanders will be looking to get Mathew Barzal going, with the second-year forward having scored just once in his first 13 games.

Canadiens vs. Islanders Prediction

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