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Noah Dobson of the New York Islanders skates against the New York Rangers at the UBS Arena on October 26, 2022 in Elmont, New York.
Noah Dobson of the New York Islanders skates against the New York Rangers at the UBS Arena on October 26, 2022 in Elmont, New York. Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images via AFP.

The Nashville Predators continue their road trip on Friday night against the New York Islanders. Can New York get back on track with a win over Nashville? Read on for our top Predators-Islanders NHL picks.

The Predators have had an up-and-down season so far. They started out 3-6-1, but the Preds are 8-3-1 in their last 12 contests—including 6-1-1 in their last eight games. They won Thursday in New Jersey and are looking to keep rolling.

The Islanders have followed a similar path after a 2-4-0 start. They are 13-5-0 since then and won four straight games prior to a road loss against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.

Here are my NHL picks and predictions for Friday’s Predators vs. Islanders matchup (odds via BetMGM, DraftKings Sportsbook, and FanDuel Sportsbook; pick confidence based on a 1-to-5-star scale).

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Predators vs. Islanders Game Info

Date: Friday, Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: UBS Arena, Elmont, NY

Predators vs. Islanders Odds

Predators vs. Islanders Odds Analysis

The Islanders opened at -150 and have moved to even bigger favorites after receiving 97% of the handle and nearly 80% of the tickets thus far. New York is available with odds between -157 (BetRivers) and -172 (FanDuel)

The Predators are up to between +132 (BetRivers) and +142 (FanDuel) after a +125 opening.

The total opened at a low 5.5 but has since moved up to 6 at most books.

Predators vs. Islanders Picks

  • Moneyline: Predators (+142 via FanDuel)
  • Total: Under 6 (-115 via DraftKings)
  • Prop: Noah Dobson over 2.5 shots on goal (-140 via BetMGM)

Predators vs. Islanders ML Pick

Predators (+142) ★★★

Odds of +142 imply only a 41.32% chance of the Predators winning the game. While New York is more likely to win, it should be closer to 50-50 than 40-60.

The Islanders have an impressive record this season at 15-9-0 but they’re outperforming their underlying metrics. The Isles have an expected goals share of 45.3% at five-on-five, which is the sixth-worst rate in the NHL. The Predators are near the middle of the pack at 50.34%.

This is a back-to-back situation for Nashville, but goaltender Kevin Lankinen (2-3-0, 2.50 GAA, .922 SV%) has been solid for the Preds. Nashville has won two straight games and three of its last four.

New York was exposed by Philadelphia last time out and Nashville has some value at +142 on the road, even on a back-to-back. The Preds beat the Islanders 5-4 at home a few weeks ago.

Predators vs. Islanders O/U Pick

Under 6 (-115) ★★★

Lankinen has been a solid backup for the Predators and the Islanders have one of the leading candidates for the Vezina Trophy in Ilya Sorokin. Sorokin is 10-6-0 with a 2.18 GAA and .933 SV% so far this season.

Nashville and New York have both trended to the Under recently. The Preds cashed the Under in five of their last eight games. The Isles follow suit with an Under result in four of their last five games, hitting the Over only in a 5-2 win against the lowly Flyers.

This should be a slower-paced game between two teams that lack offensive firepower. The Predators are one of the lowest-scoring teams in the league and the Isles should be content to play a lower-scoring game.

Predators vs. Islanders Prop Pick

Dobson Over 2.5 SOG (-140) ★★★

Islanders defenseman Noah Dobson has been shooting pretty consistently as of late. He’s gone over 2.5 shots in five of his last six games and 10 of his last 12. He’s been even better at home this season with three or more shots in eight of 11 games at UBS Arena.

Odds for this prop pick are as low as -157 at other books so we’re getting some value here at -140 via BetMGM and DraftKings.

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Predators-Islanders picks made 12/2/2022 at 12:53 p.m. ET.