The NHL is bringing more action today as the New York Islanders will clash with Arizona Coyotes.
The Islanders are heading into this game after a 1-0 shutout loss on the road to Vegas Saturday in their last contest. And on the other side, Arizona earned a 3-1 home victory over Washington in their previous game Saturday night.
New York Islanders Form
The Islanders suffered a hard to take defeat in their last game against the Golden Knights. Moreover, that was their 2nd defeat in a row. And now, the Islanders are 3rd in the Metropolitan Division, one point ahead of Columbus for the final guaranteed playoff spot. Also, they are eight points behind the division-leading Capitals.
Furthermore, NY is another team that has a lot of problems going forward this season as they do not score enough goals.
On the offensive side of the game, the Islanders score an average of 2.86 goals per game.
Additionally, their defensive record stands at 2.72 goals per game this season.
Arizona Coyotes Form
The Coyotes are heading into this game after a strong win in the home game against the dominant Capitals.
Also, that win can have a galvanizing effect on the team as they ended their run of 4 defeats in a row.
Therefore, the Coyotes entered Sunday tied for fourth in the Pacific Division, three points behind the Canucks for the top spot. Additionally, they are two back of third-place Vegas. Furthermore, in the wild card picture, the Coyotes held the second wild-card spot by three points over Nashville. And same as the Islanders, Arizona also have problems scoring goals this season.
On the offensive side of the game, the Coyotes score an average of 2.70 goals per contest on the season.
Also, the Coyotes are one of the strongest defensive teams with an average of 2.66 conceded goals per game on the year.
The Islanders are chasing a playoff spot. However, they have lost their last two games. And it seems that their offensive game is not up to the task this season. As for the Coyotes, they also struggle to score. But they are strong at the back and they play at home. Additionally, the winning momentum is on their side after a commanding performance in the game against the Capitals. Therefore, I expect another win for the Coyotes in this one.
My Free Pick & Prediction for New York Islanders vs. Arizona Coyotes 02/17/2020 is: take the Arizona Coyotes (Moneyline).
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