Two of the best teams in the NHL square off on Thursday when the Predators and Islanders collide. We have the handicapping analysis on both of these clubs regarding this matchup, and also included is a money line betting system which has won 78.3% of the time since 1996.
Battle of NHL Elite on the Island
The New York Islanders will host the Nashville Predators on Thursday at 7:05 PM ET. Currently the Predators have earned the most points in the NHL with 84, and the Islanders are tied for third with 77. According to the NHL betting odds at Bookmaker, the Islanders are a -125 money line favorite, and the posted total is 5.5. This will be the first meeting of the year between these two clubs, and they split their two encounters a season ago with the home team winning on each occasion.
Two Red-Hot Teams
The Nashville Predators will enter tonight’s game having won six in a row, and eight of their last nine. However, there are some red flags that come up in regards to Nashville when handicapping this contest. During this current six game winning streak, five of those were played on home ice. Nashville has been superb at home this season going 20-4 against the money line, but they’re a not so dominant 14-14 on the road. The Predators have also gone a dismal 1-9 on the road this season after winning six or seven of their previous eight games.
The New York Islanders enter tonight having won five of their last six games. They’ve also been extremely profitable on home ice, going an outstanding 20-7 against the money line. The Islanders will be facing a starting goaltender tonight in Pekka Rinne that’s gone 34-9 this season, and has compiled an excellent .932 save percentage. The Islanders have gone a perfect 7-0 during the 2014-2015 NHL campaign when facing a starting goaltender with a .930 or better save percentage.
NHL Betting System
The Nashville Predators have allowed exactly one goal in each of their previous three games. They also have a +0.21 goal differential during the first periods of games this season. NHL betting history has shown, fading teams in this exact situation has been a very profitable venture during the past nineteen seasons.
Play against any money line road underdog in the second half of the season, that’s allowed one goal or less in each of their previous two games, and has a +0.20 or better goal differential in the first periods of their games on the season. By fading the road underdog in this exact situation, it’s resulted in going 47-13 (78.3%) since 1996. The average money line for the favorite in those contests was -136.2, and they also had a huge +1.2 goal per game differential in those contests. It would be ill advised to ignore this betting angle when making your NHL picks for Thursday.
NHL Pick: Play on the Islanders -125 over the Predators on the money line at Bookmaker.