The New York Islanders (5-6-3, 13 points) continue their road with a trip to the Pacific Northwest to take on the Vancouver Canucks (11-3-1, 23 points). The Islanders started their trip with a 5-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers, falling 10 points behind the New York Rangers in the Metropolitan Division standings.
Vancouver is trying to close the gap between themselves and the Vegas Golden Knights whose lead is down to 2-points in the Pacific Division. Oddsmakers have made the Canucks a -150 favorite with a total of 6 (over, -120). Puck drop is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. PT and can be seen on TNT. We start our Islanders at Canucks NHL odds preview with a look at the reeling Islanders from a betting perspective.
New York’s Offense Among The Worst
The headline says it all. Tough to win when you can’t score. New York is averaging 2.4 goals per game, placing them 30th among the 32 NHL teams. Part of it is simple puck control, There is not one period this pro-hockey season where New York allows less than 10.36 shots per game.Not only is that not good for a team that is desperate to score but that also says that their puck possession numbers can’t be good, especially in the second period where they give up an average of 12 shots per game.
For bettors, no one was thinking that New York was going to cash their +5000 odds to win Stanley Cup ticket, because New York has simply been a poor wager for years. Since 2021, a bet on the Islanders would give you a record 84-93 (-25.60). It’s been since 2018 since New York has turned a profit during a full season. We continue our Islanders at Canucks NHL odds preview by turning our attention to the scorching hot Canucks.
Canucks On Fire At Home
The Vegas Golden Knights can see the Vancouver Canucks in their rearview mirror after Vancouver cashed tickets in eight of their last 10 games and six of seven at home. They’ve done so with the league’s number-one offense which averages 4.4 goals per game and a power play unit that is connecting on 31.6% of its chances.
With just 29.1 shots per game, it’s about quality over quantity for Rich Tocchet’s team. NHL betting stats show that Vancouver is trying to break a streak of three straight seasons where they’ve failed to turn a profit for the public with a 99-118 record (-8.48 units) in that span. We conclude our Islanders at Canucks NHL odds preview with our official selection.
Expect An Over Pace
The juice (-120) suggests that the oddsmakers expect this to be a high-scoring affair and we agree. New York will play desperate hockey, while the Canucks will do what they’ve done all season long. Desperate hockey is thought of as a way for a team to score a bunch because they’re perceived to be trying harder, but this style also leads to mistakes that cause turnovers.It leads to penalties for and against and that should play right into our hands.
New York may not be getting shots past goaltenders, but they still get an average of 31.3 shots on per night, 14th in the league. We already talked about how they have forgotten their defensive identity through this stretch of losses.
We don’t think any of who each of these teams have been will change. We recommend betting over the total of six. That does it for our Islanders at Canucks NHL odds preview, we wish you all the best with your NHL picks and parlays on Wednesday.