NHL Betting: Improved Islanders to justify the hype

At no point in the last decade at least has their been this level of buzz surrounding the New York Islanders. Last year's brief flirtation with the playoffs has clearly given the Isles a taste for it and the early signs are that John Tavares & co.are on their way back there.

Phoenix can also be content with the way they've begun, a road loss in San Jose is a very tough measuring stick and the game was tighter than the 4-1 scoreline suggested. There's a lot of speed on both sides of the puck in this one especially on the wings, Austrian Michael Grabner is leading the Islanders' points totals though I think Radim Vrbata is always a reliable bet to score Phoenix with already a hat trick to his name.

New York are going to be a strong option all season long as they tend to go under the radar below their city rivals the Rangers across the East River, take the Islanders to win at 2.15.



Nashville Predators vs Minnesota Wild

Goals and points have eluded Nashville so far, they'll be glad to be starting a five-game home stand at Bridgestone Arena as they try to generate some momentum against the Minnesota Wild.

Whilst it's nothing new for the Preds to be a defence first team, goalie Pekka Rinne is one of a few high profile netminders going through some early season struggles and their offence is unable to bail him out.

The Wild are also yet to record a win but their two overtime losses have been unfortunate ones, more than just postseason qualification is expected of them now that Ryan Suter and Zach Parise have had a season in town. Penalty killing is an area in need of work on early evidence, fortunately for Minnesota the Predators have not been good at either forcing or converting man advantage chances up to now.

At their best these two rosters are very well matched and this is a prime spot for a tie through regulation at 3.70, if you're looking for a winner jump on the Wild at 1.94 including OT.


Best Bet: New York Islanders to win at 2.15