NHL Betting: Sharks To Sink Their Teeth Into New York Islanders


New York Islanders 2.60 Draw 3.90 San Jose Sharks 2.35

One of the five remaining unbeaten records must go courtesy of this clash, either way prospects are looking good for both these clubs early on.

The Isles particularly are playing with a lot of freedom and for young teams trying to break out a fast start can set you up for the entire season as we saw with the Colorado Avalanche last year.

Momentum is definitely on their side after they scored four third period goals to get by their city rivals the Rangers 6-3 two days ago, in total they've scored 15 goals in three outings.

Brock Nelson and John Tavares are among the group tied for the individual point lead on seven though each of their leading three forward lines have already made significant contributions.

No less impressive is San Jose's goal difference that is already up to +8, before Tuesday they were yet to concede a goal but a wild 6-5 shootout win over Washington soon changed that.

Brent Burns, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Justin Braun on the blueline should ensure that fewer goals against is the norm for the Sharks.

As much as I would like to pick the Islanders because of their price at home they are yet to play a big team from the West and I can't see them overhauling San Jose's defensive strengths.

 

Los Angeles Kings 2.18 Draw 3.75 St Louis Blues 2.95

LA have rallied well from a poor first two games to comfortably win back to back at the start of six match Staples Center run, St Louis probably represent a step up in opposition though with only a couple of games played so far it's hard to judge their early season form.

These are two of the top five favourites in a very strong Western conference though so we should expect a high quality game even if they are each feeling their way into the campaign.

It's been a big week for linemates Jeff Carter, Tanner Pearson and Tyler Toffoli dubbed "That 70's Line" because their roster numbers are all in the 70's, between them they have 16 points in four games and way out at 8.00 Pearson is the pick to score tonight.

St Louis bounced back from an undeserved opening defeat to get by a weak Calgary side at home, the best news for them so far is big offseason signing Paul Stastny leads their scoring charts. Both of these sides admittedly have convincing to do, I like the chances of it a tie sending it to overtime at 3.75.

Best Bet: San Jose Sharks to win at 2.35