- Devils, Islanders Prepare for Third Meeting
- Devils Allowing Too Many Goals
- Islanders Give Up Costly Points
- Devils vs Islanders Game Injuries
- Devils vs Islanders Head-to-Head
- Devils vs Islanders Information
- Devils vs Islanders Betting Lines
- Devils vs Islanders Prediction
- Devils vs Islanders Trends
- Devils vs Islanders Edge
- Devils vs Islanders Results
- Devils vs Islanders Game Summary
Devils, Islanders Prepare for Third Meeting
The New Jersey Devils have clinched a playoff spot but the New York Islanders haven’t. The Isles have fumbled the bag recently, costing themselves an opportunity to improve their standing as well as bettors making their NHL picks.
Not only did they lose to the Columbus Blue Jackets as a -230 favorite on Friday, they flopped on Saturday as a -185 favorite over the Buffalo Sabres. They were shut out 2-0.
Can they get back on track against a Devils team that’s lost five of seven?
Devils Allowing Too Many Goals
New Jersey has been a good all-around team but lately, its goaltending and defense as a whole has been subpar. The latest NHL news shows that in their last seven games, they’ve allowed four goals four times.
Three of those four games came consecutively as well. This Devils roster is too talented to be giving up on that end so often with the season rapidly approaching its end.
This rough streak has even seen them turn back to Mackenzie Blackwood in the crease. He started on Saturday after not playing since February 19. Those who bet online had seen Vitek Vanecek struggle in the month of March.
So far in March, Vanecek has an .889 save percentage. He’s given up three goals or more in six of his last nine starts. That might make over a good bet in the sportsbook if he’s between the pipes. At any rate, this team is having trouble in net.
Islanders Give Up Costly Points
The Isles were riding a three-game winning streak last week and had been primed for a postseason appearance. They’ve u-turned, though, losing two straight and now putting their playoff berth in question. They are only four points inside the playoff cut.
What hurts is that both losses were against teams that they certainly could have beaten, losing to the Columbus Blue Jackets, who are the worst team in the East, and then getting shut out by the Buffalo Sabres.
New York was looking like it was starting to come alive offensively as well, scoring a total of 17 goals across their three consecutive wins. They’ve netted just four over their past two.
It’s been a major switch from hot to cold, and there’s no Mathew Barzal to help turn the tides around quicker than usual.
At the back end, Ilya Sorokin remains one of the best goalie options in the league. He’s 26-19-7 with a 2.41 GAA and a .923 save percentage. That save percentage has him ranked third in the NHL for the category.
Devils vs Islanders Game Injuries
Devils vs Islanders Head-to-Head
These teams have met twice, with each coming away with a victory.
Devils vs Islanders Information
- Game: Devils (46-19-8) vs Islanders (37-28-9)
- Location: UBS Arena, Elmont, NY
- Day/Time: Monday, 7:30 p.m. ET
- Devils vs Islanders Live Stream: NHL TV
Devils vs Islanders Betting Lines
Devils vs Islanders Prediction
The Islanders are playing at home in front of their own fans and they don’t want to miss out on the playoffs due to a horrendous late-season slump.
They are currently the seventh-best team in the Eastern Conference with the Pittsburgh Penguins just one point behind them and the Florida Panthers four points behind.
New York can’t afford many more slipups but can you trust them for NHL betting purposes? Given that they’ve blown some winnable games of late, a better bet might be the over.
The Devils have issues between the pipes and the Isles are off a shutout. They’ll want to make sure their offense wakes up here. That should pave the way to a higher-scoring affair, so take over with your sports bets.
New York is listed at -105 in our Vegas lines. So, if you wager $100 on the Islanders, there’s a chance to win $95. New Jersey is -115 with a chance to win $87 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Islanders a 51.22% chance to win, with the Devils at 53.49%.