This is the first of two meetings between the Jets and Islanders. Last season New York took two of three but none of that is relevant to today’s match-up.
Both Winnipeg and New York know they need to start winning games in order to keep up with the Eastern Conference otherwise they are going to be stuck in the basement.
The Jets began a six-game road trip and started the trip off on a win over New Jersey 3-1. A couple of lengthy droughts came to an end and a much-needed goaltending effort was turned in Monday.
Ondrej Pavelec made the lead stand up by stopping 25 shots for his 100th NHL win.
New York has had three days off and start a four-game home stand tonight. The road wasn’t too kind to the Islanders as they were outscored 14-7 while being swept on a three-game trip. Evgeni Nabokov is still injured and back up goaltender Kevin Poulin has been struggling in allowing 18 goals in his past five games.
Poulin was pulled early in the second period of a 5-2 loss to Philly on Saturday night. Anders Nilsson made his season debut and turned aside 12 of 13 shots in relief.
Winnipeg is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Winnipeg’s last 5 games on the road
Winnipeg is 5-11 SU in its last 16 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Winnipeg’s last 5 games when playing NY Islanders
Winnipeg is 1-5 SU in their last 6 games when playing NY Islanders
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Winnipeg’s last 7 games when playing on the road against NY Islanders
NY Islanders are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of the NY Islanders last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the NY Islanders last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of the NY Islanders last 5 games when playing Winnipeg
NY Islanders are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing Winnipeg
The total has gone OVER in 5 of the NY Islanders last 7 games when playing at home against Winnipeg
New York has the third worst defence in the league, allowing 3.4 goals per game.
New York allows the most power play goals in the league with 0.9 per game.
New York has the worst penalty killing in the league 70.3%.
Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien assisted on a pair of goals Monday, giving him six goals and six assists in his past 10 games.
Fourth-line center Casey Cizikas has three goals and two assists during a five-game point streak for the Islanders.
Winnipeg defensemen Zach Bogosian (groin) and Paul Postma (blood clot) and forward Jim Slater (sports hernia) are on injured reserve.
New York defensemen Andrew MacDonald and Thomas Hickey returned to practice Tuesday. MacDonald left practice Monday after taking a puck up high, while Hickey missed practice with a lower-body injury after blocking a shot on Saturday. Nabokov (groin) and defensemen Lubomir Visnovsky (concussion) and Brian Strait (upper body) are on injured reserve.
Winnipeg Jets – Ondrej Pavelec (not confirmed yet)
New York Islanders – Kevin Poulin (not confirmed yet)
Winnipeg Jets vs New York Islanders Prediction
This is a small NHL pick and it will be documented on our overall NHL record.
The Jets have some great value tonight being a slight road underdog but with the Islanders coming off of rest I’m afraid we are going to see a scoring fest from New York.
I expect a high scoring game as both teams can light the lamp and neither team has solid defense or goaltending. With that being said take the OVER 5.5 as the odds are fair at -105
OVER 5.5 to win $100
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