Quick & Easy In Los Angeles For The Islanders

Dana Lane

Sunday, October 15, 2017 6:19 PM UTC

Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 6:19 PM UTC

As I’m sitting in my hotel room in Glendale, Arizona waiting for the internet to get me at least enough speed that would remind me of the dial-up days I can feel good about fact that the Tampa Bay Lightning cashed another wager for us to push our bankroll over the six unit mark. BTW, the Gila River Arena is fantastic. It’s going to be a long drive back to Vegas today but it’s been an awesome weekend with three NHL games in three days.

N.Y. Islanders vs Los Angeles Kings

In what may be a blessing, the New York Islanders are playing five of their 1st seven away from the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn. This coincides with 13 of their first 15 games against the Western Conference. Tonight is the last game of their road trip where fatigue may play a part but that’s why I’m jumping on the first period at plus money. The idea is to get New York at their freshest.

Both teams are coming off of impressive wins but it’s New York’s 3-1 road win at San Jose that sticks out. Thomas Griess came up big with a 40 save effort, including 29 in the second and third periods. Tonight I anticipate that Jaroslav Halak will get the start in the second of a back to back. Halak is 2-1-1 in the early going but I think he can be better than his current save percentage of .914 and goals against 2.45. Halak. We know his history with the organization has been cold at times but I anticipate that with Thomas Greiss and Halak being the only two netminders this season, Halak and his agent should be in a happier mood.

When I see that a team is getting offensive help from their depth guys, they become an attractive option. The Islanders third line got a goal from Brock Nelson with Nikolai Kulemin adding an assist but it doesn’t stop there. Fourth liners Cal Clutterbuck, Joshua Ho-Sang, and Casey Cizikas added a goal and two assists against the Sharks.

The Islanders showed some character in their win after dropping a tough one-goal decision to the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday. Despite the loss, I thought New York carried the play for most of the night but couldn’t solve Josh Gibson who made 39 saves.

From a trend perspective its hard to ignore than combined with last season New York has now won eight of their last 11 games overall and eight of their last 11 road contest. Los Angeles has not been a solid play after a win dropping 12 of their last 16 in that spot.

I don’t have enough confidence in the Islanders over 60 minutes but more than happy to grab the plus money over the first 20 in our NHL Picks.

Free NHL Pick: New York Islanders +116 1st PeriodBest Line offered: at Pinnacle

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