Avalanche to Play Tight with Islanders: Sunday NHL Betting

Dana Lane

Sunday, November 5, 2017 8:24 PM UTC

Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 8:24 PM UTC

The red-hot New York Islanders have to view tonight’s game as a prime chance to extend their home point streak but Colorado will keep it close at the Barclay’s Center.  Puck drops at 6:00 PT/3:00 PT 

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Free NHL Picks: Avalanche +1.5 (-145)
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The New York Islanders are looking to extend their home point streak to six games but they can’t take this match-up for granted against the Colorado Avalanche who are looking to extend their own streak.  The Av’s have now won three straight to coincide with four straight victories against the Eastern Conference.  Jared Bednar’s team has not only found success against the East but has won five of their last seven against the Metropolitan Division.   

This isn’t scaring away bettors who have pounded the New York Islanders on the money line according to the SBR odds page. The opening number has ballooned from New York -185 to -215 straight up with over 51% of all wagers coming in on the Islanders.  The puck-line has experienced the same pattern with both the general public and ‘sharp’ bettors jumping on the Islanders forcing the -1.5 bet to pay back only +134, down from +160 on most NHL odds boards. Over 94% of all puck-line wagers have been on the Islanders.  In short, everyone is on the Islanders today; good news for us.  

Thomas Greiss gets the start in goal today for the Islanders. Greiss is just 2-2-1 with a 3.70 goals against average to go with his .898 save percentage.  Any of those numbers inspire you to back the Islanders on the puck-line? In Greiss’ last two starts against the Minnesota Wild and San Jose Sharks he has allowed 9 goals which may speak to the larger worry of whether you can bet an inconsistent net-minder who has now allowed at least three goals in three of his last five starts.   

For the Avalanche Jonathan Bernier starts as their backstop. Bernier, 2-2-0 with a 3.03 goals against average and a .906 save percentage doesn’t own sparkling numbers either but after watching his last start against Chicago it inspired enough confidence to support Bernier one more time today.  I just ask myself one question when I grab the +1.5 which is not often, do I have a team that has a reasonable chance to steal the game?  There answer here is yes.  

 Now I’m not getting crazy about what Colorado can accomplish this season but after winning four of their last five contests including last night’s 5-4 shootout road victory in Philadelphia, I at least know that this is a much better team than last years. 

The Avs are generating almost 31 shots per game, ranking them just 23rd but that’s quite a jump from 2016-17 where they ranked 27th. The Islanders average 31 shots per game ranking them 21st.   

This is a terrific spot for the Avalanche who will go into a quite Barclays Center with the game smack in the middle of an NFL Sunday.  

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