Early NHL Picks: All Things Point To Red Wings & Isles Over 5.5

Ross Benjamin

Monday, February 15, 2016 4:28 PM UTC

Monday, Feb. 15, 2016 4:28 PM UTC

Our NHL analyst provides us with a betting preview on the Monday afternoon game between the Red Wings and Islanders. Let's review the NHL Odds first for our early pick.

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NHL Pick: Over 5.5 (+110)
Best Line Offered: at Heritage


Special NHL Matinee at Barclays Center in Brooklyn
The Islanders play host to the Red Wings in a President’s Day game slated for 1:05 PM ET. Current NHL odds indicate that the Islanders are a -155 money line favorite, and the posted total is 5.5. Monday will be the third meeting of the season between these Eastern Division rivals. Detroit has won each of the first two by scores of 5-1 at home and 4-2 in Brooklyn. Dating back to last season, the last three encounters between these clubs have gone over the total.


Off an Extended Home Stand
Detroit will play on the road for the first time since completing a five game in nine day home stand. They’re coming off a hard fought 6-5 win against Boston yesterday afternoon, and have now won four of its last five games. Petr Mrazek started in goal for Detroit on Sunday for the fifth consecutive game. It’s expected that Jimmy Howard will be in goal on Monday. Howard has been awful recently, going 0-4 in his last four starts, and compiled a horrible .856 save percentage during that stretch. Detroit has scored 3 goals or more in eight of their previous ten games. They’ll certainly need that to continue with Howard in goal. The veteran goaltender hasn’t been able to stop a beach ball of late.


Islanders are Sneaky Good
Although the Islanders current record may not indicate that they’re amongst NHL elite teams, I believe they can be a real dark horse come postseason time. Of course they must indeed make the playoffs first. Currently they’re holding down one of the two Eastern Conference wild card spots. However, they’re just 1 point behind New Jersey for third place in the Metropolitan Division, and have three games in hand on the Devils. The Islanders have won each of its last three at home, and outscored those opponents by a decisive cumulative margin of 18-6. They’ve seen each of its last four at home go over the total, and just one of their previous ten games overall has stayed under the number.


Final Take and Pick
This game has all the earmarks of a high scoring affair with all being considered. One of my NHL picks on Monday will be indicative of that prior statement.

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