Islanders vs. Canucks Prediction: NHL Betting Odds

Jeremy Perry | Updated Feb 23, 2019

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Brock Boeser has 21 goals and 20 assists in 48 games for the Vancouver Canucks and has a point in three straight heading into tonight's date with the Islanders.

NY Islanders
48-27-2-5
AT
February 23, 2019, 10:00 PM ET
Rogers Arena
Vancouver
35-36-5-6
Puckline -1.5 +190
Moneyline -130
Over / Under o +5.5

76%

Betting Action

24%

Puckline +1.5 -235
Moneyline +110
Over / Under u +5.5

76%

Betting Action

24%

The New York Islanders are coming off back-to-back losses for just the second time since early December. Now they will try to get back on track against the Vancouver Canucks, who have been mired in a month-long slump. The Islanders, who are in the midst of a three-game Western Conference road trip in Canada, will be looking to avoid getting swept. While they lead the Metropolitan division with 77 points this season, they will be in tough to hold off the Washington Capitals for the top spot in the division unless they get back on track.

Islanders vs Canucks Betting Analysis

The Islanders fell to 17-11-3 as the visiting team this season following back-to-back losses to the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers. New York is still 4-1 in its last five games played on one day of rest and are also still 9-3 in their last 12 games versus Western Conference opponents.

Vancouver will enter Saturday night’s game with a 13-11-4 record on home ice so far this season. Home-ice advantage hasn’t helped them much. They’re a home dog in this spot and are just 2-5 in its last seven games as the underdog. They’re also just 1-5 in their last six games played on one day of rest.

New York Islanders

The Islanders have climbed to the top of their division in large part thanks to producing the best goals against average in the NHL this season. After back-to-back losses to the Flames and Oilers in which they gave up a combined eight goals, New York will want to get back to its strength in Vancouver on Saturday night. That will require a strong performance from either Robin Lehner or Thomas Greiss in between the pipes. Lehner and Greiss have been excellent this season but both goaltenders allowed four goals in their latest loss. The good news is the Canucks have been laboring on offense of late, scoring two goals or less in four of their last five. That sets up well for the Islanders as long as they can do enough at the offensive end themselves.

Vancouver Canucks

As mentioned, the Canucks have had a tough time scoring of late as they don’t have a ton of firepower up front. They’re relying a lot on Bo Horvat, Brock Boeser and rookie sensation Elias Pettersson to provide the bulk of their offense. That trio each has at least 21 goals and 41 points; nobody else on the team has more than 12 goals or 27 points. The Canucks are averaging a paltry 2.30 goals per game this month, which is the second-worst mark in February.

Meanwhile, goaltender Jacob Markstrom has struggled of late with three goals allowed in each of his last three starts. For what it’s worth, Markstrom has been better at home than away this season. He is 12-6-4 at home with a 2.69 GAA and .914 save percentage compared to 10-11-3 on the road with a 2.86 GAA and .908 save percentage. However, the Canucks have just three wins in his last eight home starts.

Islanders vs. Canucks Prediction

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