Edmonton Oilers vs. New York Islanders Prediction, NHL Odds

Jeremy Perry | Updated Jan 01, 2022

Leon Draisaitl, Edmonton Oilers, 2021

The Oilers started the season 16-5-0 and looked like a legitimate Cup contender. Since then, though, the wheels have come off the wagon.

Edmonton
49-27-5-1
AT
January 01, 2022, 2:00 PM ET
UBS Arena
NY Islanders
37-35-4-6
Puckline +1.5 -260
Moneyline -121
Over / Under o +6

80%

Betting Action

20%

Puckline -1.5 +215
Moneyline +100
Over / Under u +6

80%

Betting Action

20%

The Oil Can are riding a two-game losing streak into the New Year and have dropped eight of their last 10. Can they snap out of their funk at the New York Islanders? Let’s take a closer look at the matchup.

Oilers vs. Islanders NHL Betting Odds

Saturday has been a great day for Edmonton as they’ve won five of their last six on the day. They’re in a back-to-back situation but are 16-6 in their last 22 when playing with zero days’ rest.

The Isles are just 4-14 in their last 18 games and 1-4 in their last five against Pacific Division foes. Home-ice advantage hasn’t been much of one of late as they’ve dropped eight of their last 11 at home.

Edmonton Oilers

For the Oilers, the story has been the same over the last few seasons: when their defense and goaltending is good enough, they win games. When it’s leaky, they don’t. The latter has proven to be true of late as they can’t seem to stop opponents from scoring. In their first nine games of the season, they allowed an opponent to score more than three goals just twice. That’s now happened six times in their last 10 games. Over that span, they’re allowing a whopping 3.9 goals per game, which is the worst in the NHL.

The good news is that they’re facing a terrible offense in this spot. The Isles are one of the lowest-scoring teams in the league. If the Oilers play this game at their pace, they should have no problem skating to a win.

New York Islanders

The Islanders should be pretty well-rested heading into this contest. They did play on December 30th – a 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres – but their last game before that was on December 19th.

The Islanders were hoping to be a contender in the Eastern Conference – as they had been in previous years – but that hasn’t come to fruition. They started the year 5-2-2 but have been miserable since. They have just four wins in their last 18 games and have been one of the worst teams in the NHL to bet on.

The main issue for this team is offense. Goaltending and defense seems fine – lead goaltender Ilya Sorokin is eighth in save percentage – but the offense isn’t doing enough. They average just 2.26 goals per game, which is the third-fewest in the league. That could be a big problem against the Oilers, who are one of the league’s best offenses, averaging over a goal per game more at 3.46.

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