How will the best defensive team in the NHL from a season ago handle one of the league’s most dynamic duos? Fans and bettors alike will be tuning in Tuesday night as the New York Islanders welcome the Edmonton Oilers to Barclays Center. The Oilers are off to a 2-0 start thanks in large part to the exploits of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, while the Isles have split a pair of games to kick off their 2019-20 campaign.
Oilers vs. Islanders Betting Analysis
New York has the odds edge in this one after the teams split two meetings last season, with the home team prevailing each time. And the Islanders know a thing or two about how to succeed against the Western Conference, having won 16 of their previous 21 games vs. West foes. The Oilers have been no slouch, having won eight of their past 10 vs. the Metropolitan Division, but they have just four victories in their past 22 road games overall.
It will be interesting to see how bettors handle the total, with the Islanders coming off a terrific season on the defensive end and the Oilers decidedly less effective at goal prevention. As you might expect, New York is riding a five-game consecutive Under streak and has finished below the number in five of its previous six games against the West. Edmonton, on the other hand, is 8-2 O/U in its past 10 games following a victory.
Playing their first game without injured defenceman Adam Larsson (leg fracture), the Oilers showed the kind of cracks in their defence corps that could be problematic moving forward. Fortunately for Edmonton, McDavid (one goal, three assists) and Draisaitl (two assists) helped lead the club to its second consecutive one-goal victory to open the season. The duo combined for three goals and three assists in two meetings with the Islanders last season.
New York Islanders
New York has picked up right where it left off last season, having held opponents to just three goals over their first two games of the season. The tandem of new arrival Semyon Varlamov and incumbent Thomas Greiss has posted a .952 save percentage to date, while the Islanders have killed off three of the four power-play opportunities they’ve allowed. And the team has balanced out its scoring to date, with five different players accounting for its five goals.