The St. Louis Blues enter this game having lost their previous four matchups in a row and are coming off a 4-6 loss on the road against the New York Rangers on Monday.
Meanwhile, the New York Islanders enter this game having lost two of their last three games, but are coming off a 3-0 shutout win at home against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday which also ended their two-game losing streak.
BookMaker has the New York Islanders listed as -165 money line favorites at home against the St. Louis Blues and has set the total for the over/under plays at 6 goals. Which team will come away with the win in this matchup on Tuesday? Let’s take a deeper look at how these teams are playing this year.
St. Louis Blues Team Preview
The St. Louis Blues enter this game with an overall record of 11-14 and 22 points which puts them in 6th place in the Central Division.
Offensively, St. Louis has scored a total of 72 goals this season for an average of 2.88 goals per game. The Blues have a power-play success rate of 23.5% which is the 14th-best rate in the league.
Defensively, the Blues have allowed a total of 96 goals for an average of 3.84 goals per game this season. St. Louis has a penalty kill percentage of 65.5% which is the worst percentage in the NHL. The projected goalie for the Blues, Thomas Greiss, is 2-3 this season with a save percentage of .907 and is allowing an average of 3.57 goals per game.
New York Islanders Team Preview
The New York Islanders enter this game with an overall record of 16-10 and 32 points which puts them in 3rd place in the Metropolitan Division.
Offensively, the Islanders have scored a total of 82 goals for an average of 3.15 goals per game this season. New York has a power-play success rate of 23.1% which is the 15th-best rate in the NHL.
Defensively, New York has allowed a total of 66 goals this season for an average of 2.54 goals per game. The Islanders have a penalty kill percentage of 81.5% which is tied for the 5th best percentage in the league. The projected goalie for New York, Ilya Sorokin, is 10-7 on the year with a .932 save percentage and is allowing an average of 2.17 goals per game.
Series Trends and Game Pick
New York is 6-2-2 in the last ten games in the series and has won by an average score of 2.9 to 2.7 in those matchups. The Islanders have won two of the last three games, however, the Blues have outscored the Islanders by an average of 3 to 2.67 goals per game in those contests.
The total is 5-5 in the last ten games of the series with the teams combining for an average of 5.6 goals per game in those contests. The over has hit in two of the last three games with the teams combining for an average of 5.67 goals per game in those matchups.
New York enters this game with the better record and has been the better team in the series, going 6-2-2 in the last ten and winning two of the last three games. The Islanders have won by an average margin of .2 goals per game over the last ten games in the series. As a result, I am taking the money line for the New York Islanders at -165 for this matchup on BookMaker.