Lay Your NHL Picks on the Isles Sunday Against Inconsistent Devils

Bruce Webster

Sunday, December 13, 2015 1:33 PM GMT

The Devils come in off a nice 3-2 win but still have won just 4 of 9, while the Islanders prior to this have won 5 of their last 6 games. New York has won 7 of the last 8 games in the series.

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NHL Pick: New York Islanders 

Best Line Offered: -143 at Heritage

 

Devils Get By Red Wings on Goal by Palmieri in OT
The New Jersey Devils took on the Red Wings on Friday night and found themselves down 2-0 heading into the third period, but were they worried? NO! The comeback started with a goal by Damon Severson (1st) just 2:40 into the third period and then the game was tied by a Sergey Kalinin (3rd). Kyle Palmieri had an assist on that goal and then with just 40 seconds left in OT he scored the game winner. It was his 13th on the year and it was also his 6th game in his last seven that he scored a goal. He has been hot

Cory Schneider grabbed the win in the game and is now 13-11 on the year with a very solid 2.09 GAA. He has really been playing well as he has allowed more than two goals just once in his last nine starts. Schneider should get the start in this game and is 2-4 with a 1.64 GAA in his career vs the Isles. New Jersey has not been a good offensive squad this year as they check in at 22nd in scoring, putting up just 2.5 gpg, but they have been solid on the power play, where they are 7th in the league. On defense they have been very solid, ranking 7th in goals allowed (2.3 gpg) and 9th in penalty kill (82%). 

 

Frans Nielsen Leads Isles over Flyers
The Rangers have been playing very well of late as they have won five of their last six games prior to their date with Columbus on Saturday night. On Tuesday night the paid a visit to Philadelphia to take on the Flyers and walked out with the 4-3 win in a shootout. The offensive star of the game for Isles was Frans Nielsen, who got the scoring started just 55 seconds into the game and then added another goal just 1:14 into the 2nd period. He now has 11 goals on the year, which is one behind John Tavares for the team lead. Brock Nelson is third on the team in scoring with nine goals after also scoring in the game vs the Flyers.

Jaroslav Halak also had a strong game for the Isles in the win as he stopped 43 Flyer shots in regulation and OT, plus another three shots in the shootout. Halak won’t get the start here as he is slated to start in Columbus on Saturday night, so the honors will go to Thoma Greiss, who is 8-5 with a 2.18 GAA on the year, while vs the Devils in his career he has gone 1-2 with a 1.97 GAA. New York comes in ranked 10th in scoring (2.7 gpg) and 10th in power play conversions (21.1%), while on defense they are 8th in goals allowed (2.3 gpg) and a solid 4th on the penalty kill (85.4%).   

 

New Jersey Trends
18-37 in their last 55 vs. a team with a winning record
10-25 in their last 35 road games vs. a team with a home winning percentage of greater than .600

New York Trends:
4-0 in their last four vs. the Metropolitan
4-0 their last four at home in the series

 

Betting Analysis
Going with the Isles in this one as they have been the more consistent team, while the Devils have been very inconsistent of late as they have alternated wins and losses in their last nine games and right now it is time for a loss. Cory Schneider has played well of late, but Thomas Greiss is more than capable of keeping this bad New Jersey offense from scoring enough to win the game. Look for a solid win by the Isles with your NHL Picks, even though they are playing with no rest.