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.
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.