NHL Picks: Canucks vs. Islanders

Ross Benjamin

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 1:16 PM GMT

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 1:16 PM GMT

The New York Islanders play host to the Vancouver Canucks at Nassau Memorial Coliseum. Find out where we believe you should place your sports picks in tonight's matchup.

According to current NHL betting odds the Canucks are a -120 money line road favorite and the posted total is 5.5. The home team has won 8 of the last 11 meetings between these two clubs.

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Living on the Edge

The Islanders started the season 2-1 and have lost 4 of their last 5 since. The most frustrating part of their recent funk is the fact that all 4 losses have been by 1-goal. As a matter of fact 7 of the 8 Islanders games this season have been decided by 1-goal. The Isles will be playing with 2 full days of rest after losing to Carolina 4-3 at home on Saturday night. The Islanders furious rally fell short as they twice fell behind by 3-goals in the game. The Isles are a profitable 11-5 in their last 16 games when playing on 2 days of rest. This will be the Islanders 4th and final game of their current home stand in which they’re 1-2 so far. They’ve seen 7 of their last 9 at home go over the total.

On the Road Again

This will be the 5th game of a 7-game road trip for the Vancouver Canucks. The trip got off to a very good start with wins over Eastern Conference doormats Buffalo and Philadelphia. Unfortunately they’ve dropped their last 2 at Pittsburgh and Columbus. This will be their 3rd game in 4 and the 4th game in 6 days. Vancouver has been a stellar 35-16 in their last 51 games when playing for the 3rd time in 4 days. The Canucks have gone over the total in just 4 of their 26 games when playing their 4th game in 6 days. The Canucks have seen just 1 of their last 7 games go over the total.

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Final Analysis

The Islanders are well rested and have been at home for over a week now. This will be the Canucks 5th road game in the last 8 games. The Islanders will be in urgent mode to finish the home stand with a win. On most nights I would consider the Canucks to be the superior team but this isn’t most nights. The fresher and more rested legs should have the advantage, and for that reason I will be backing the Islanders with NHL picks tonight.

Free Pick: Islanders +100 over the Canucks.

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