New York Islanders vs. Montreal Canadiens Prediction, NHL Odds

Jeremy Perry | Updated Apr 15, 2022

Can the New York Islanders get up for this game or will the Montreal Canadiens pull the upset?

NY Islanders
37-35-4-6
AT
April 15, 2022, 7:00 PM ET
Bell Centre
Montreal
22-49-9-2
Puckline -1.5 +173
Moneyline -141
Over / Under o +5.5

37%

Betting Action

63%

Puckline +1.5 -208
Moneyline +117
Over / Under u +5.5

37%

Betting Action

63%

The New York Islanders lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night and that likely put their playoff hopes to bed. They’re now 15 points out of a playoff spot with nine games to go. Let’s face it: it’s unlikely they make that type of a run.

On the plus side, they have a manageable game in front of them, facing the Montreal Canadiens. They are dead-last in the Eastern Conference standings and are coming off a 5-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Islanders vs. Canadiens NHL Betting Odds

The New York Islanders are 6-1 in their last seven against Eastern Conference teams. This will be their third game in four nights, and are they are 4-1 in their last five in that spot.

As for the Canadiens, they are 17-35 in their last 52 as a home underdog. Overall, they have just eight wins in their last 30 home games, so there isn’t much of an advantage of being at home for them.

New York Islanders

The story of the Islanders this season has been that they are phenomenal at the defensive end and challenged on offense. To put it into perspective, New York ranks fourth in the league in goals allowed per game. In terms of goals scored per game, they rank 23rd.

The challenge is their defense and goaltending has faded of late. They’ve allowed 16 goals over their last three and might not be motivated to turn things around now that the playoffs are out of reach.

It’s looking likely that Ilya Sorokin will have a lot of pressure on his shoulders to help this team win. After all, he is 24-14-7 on the season with a stellar .927 save percentage. If the Islanders are hoping to win, they will desperately need to give their goaltender some help back there.

Montreal Canadiens

Montreal is worse in almost all major categories when compared to the Islanders. This just hasn’t been a great season at all for Montreal. While there have been a few bright spots, Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield to be exact, there have been twice as many rough patches to cover up. This is especially true on their defensive end. So far this season, the Canadiens have started five different players in the net. Two of them have gotten 35 games apiece, neither have winning records.

Sam Montembeault could be thrown into the net for this game, as he has a 7-16-6 record with a .895 save percentage. He has been a lot better than one of their backups, Cayden Primeau, who is 1-7-1 with a .868 save percentage. Montreal doesn’t have anything to play for, so a lot of different rotations could come around in this game.

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