The NHL Stanley Cup playoffs are a few months way, but both the Stars and the Islanders are making a case to be securely in the postseason once April comes around. Dallas snuck into the postseason in 21-22, losing in a tough seven games series against the Flames, but are leading the Central Division early on by a point over Winnipeg. New York sits third in the Metro after a brutal start to the 21-22 season.
New York Islanders (11-7-0, 22 points) vs. Dallas Stars (10-5-2, 22 points)
Date, time (TV):
Location: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas.
Streaming: BSSW, MSGS
New York Moving up Metro Standings, Take Act to Dallas
Very few are playing better than the New York Islanders with nine wins in their last 12 games. To bettors, recent form is everything. We continue our Islanders vs. Stars betting preview by uncovering some nuggets on the Islanders that may just give us enough to put our cash behind them once again.
We don’t know if Barry Trotz had to go, more likely he wanted to, but new head coach Lane Lambert has his team doing something that Islanders fans haven’t seen in quite some time, and that’s scoring goals. Last year, New York was 23rd in the league with 2.79 goals per game, but after 18 games this season the Islanders are 12th with 3.39 goals per game. It’s no secret that teams that score have always been better wagers.
This year, five of the top six scoring teams hold playoff positions. Let’s continue our Islanders vs.Stars, NHL betting picks by diving into another team that has little problem scoring goals.
High Octane Stars Still Scuffling After Hot Start
After their impressive road win against the Panthers, most will not pay attention to the Stars’ recent 7-7 mark after getting off to a 3-0 start. Bettors are aware that two of those losses were in overtime so the NHL record looks better, but for Stars bettors, they are check marks in the loss column.
Talk about high-scoring teams, the Stars are second in the league behind the Boston Bruins, with 3.88 goals per game. Dallas has scored 14 times in their last four games, the problem is they’ve given up 20 in their last five. They’ve had no problem scoring but that may dry up soon because if you watch games involving the Stars and Islanders, it’s new York that applies more pressure on opposing goaltenders with over 32 shots per game (7th), while Dallas manages 30.29 (21st) with the ranking based on total shots on.
When it comes to shot percentage, the Stars are on top with a 12.8% success rate. This sends a message that there will be nights against the better defensive teams, a category the Islanders fall into. Let’s end our Oilers vs. Stars betting preview by giving you our official pick.
Bettors Have Stars in their Eyes
We know what’s going to happen eventually with this match-up, the Stars will be bet up to -140 or more and that sits well with us. We anticipate the Islanders who still play a frustrating brand of defensive hockey, to frustrate the Stars in the neutral zone leading to turnovers and chances for a New York team who are motivated to be a participant in the postseason.
Dallas is just 2-3 this season and 29-38 (-1340) when favored by -130 or more since 2019-20. To conclude our Oilers vs. Stars betting preview we recommend playing the Islanders and the plus money, but wait until a few minutes before puck drop to get the most plus money possible.
|*Last Updated: 11/18/2022||Teams|
|Moneyline||Dallas -134, Islanders +112|
|Total||5.5 (o -125, u +105)|
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