NHL Betting: New York Islanders To Breach Panthers' Defence


Montreal Canadiens 1.92, the Draw 3.80, New Jersey Devils 3.50 (BET and STREAM live on Unibet TV from 00.35 GMT)

Goals have often been in short supply where both New Jersey and Montreal have been concerned, particularly the Devils who have seen only one of their previous nine games provide more than four goals in regulation.

Under 4.5 total goals tonight at 1.96 looks a good option going off the form book, though New Jersey's road outings have tended to be slightly more open, often to their detriment.

As a team they have good shooters though not a lot of speed in the lineup, noticeably on the road their powerplay marshalled by blueliners Marek Zdlicky and Andy Greene has been a fulcrum when they have had success. Montreal edged home and away meetings at the start of December as well as taking nine of their last twelve in front of their fervent support of a Bell Centre crowd during which only one side has scored more than twice on them.

The Habs will be deprived of Alex Galchenyuk's enthusiasm for at least a month because of a broken hand and it's guys from the other end of the age spectrum like captain Brian Gionta and Danny Briere that need to step up in his absence. Although the edge goes to Montreal in a defensive duel very few teams have managed to shake the Devils and it could easily go their way if they're involved late on so I'll take New Jersey at 2.50 including OT.

 

Florida Panthers 2.35, the Draw 3.80, New York Islanders 2.60 (BET and STREAM live on Unibet TV from 00.35 GMT)

Four up for the New York Islanders and the generous odds on them add another win to the run makes this clash between two of the East's lower ranked clubs much more intriguing.

Another charge led by Kyle Okposo and John Tavares took the Isles past Dallas on Sunday for a seventh straight road victory, no team in the conference has scooped more points than them in the last ten so take advantage of the betting before it catches up Florida have been picking up points but offensively I don't think they can compete against tonight's rejuvenated opponents.

Three goals over the last three games is clear evidence of the problem and they aren't clinical enough on the man advantage to expose the only face New York haven't cured which is their terrible penalty kill.

Now that Evgeni Nabokov has tightened up the Isles' net their added scoring potential should see them through by a clear margin.

 

Best Bet: New York Islanders to overcome -1.5 handicap at 3.90.

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