The Edmonton Oilers (21-27-5, 47 pts) travel to Barclays Center to face the New York Islanders (26-18-6, 58 pts). New York is a -165 favorite on the NHL odds board at The Greek and the total is set at 5.5.
NHL Pick: Islanders -165
Best Line Offered: at The Greek
The Edmonton Oilers have lost four of their last six games, including last Saturday's 5-1 setback against the Montreal Canadiens. Benoit Pouliot had a short-handed goal for the Oilers, who were coming off two blowout wins in their first games following the All-Star break.
Edmonton averages 2.5 goals per game and they score on 18.8 percent of their power plays. Taylor Hall leads the team with 51 points, 19 goals and 32 assists. The Oilers give up 2.9 goals per game and they kill 81.0 percent of their power play chances. Cam Talbot allows 2.60 goals per game and Anders Nilsson gives up 3.04 goals per game.
New York Islanders
The Islanders are also struggling, losing three of their last four games. They're coming off a 5-1 loss against the Red Wings. John Tavares had the only goal for the Islanders and Jaroslav Halak was pulled after allowing four goals on 13 shots.
New York is averaging 2.7 goals per game and they score on 17.9 percent of their power plays. Kyle Okposo leads the team with 37 points and 25 assists and Brock Nelson has a team-best 20 goals. The Islanders allow 2.5 goals per game and they kill 86.7 percent of their power play chances (2nd in the NFL). Jaroslav Halak allows 2.28 goals per game and Thomas Greiss gives up 2.32 goals per game.
The Oilers are 21-32 in all games, 2-4 on Sunday games and 11-19 when playing against a team with a winning record.
The Islanders are 26-24 in all games, 13-6 in non-conference games, 14-12 when playing against a team with a losing record and 3-1 when playing against a team with a losing record in the second half of the season.
The Islanders are at -165 on the NHL odds board while the Oilers are at +145 and the total has been set at 5.5. The Islanders are 12-8-2 straight up against the Oilers since 1996, including 2-0-0 straight up over the last 3 seasons and 9-2-1 straight up against the Oilers in New York since 1996. I like the Islanders to take care of business at home for one of my NHL picks because of their dominance in this series. New York is the better team, they have more to play for and they will find a way to get back on the right track.