New Jersey -120 at NY Islanders O/U 6.5
Betting New York Islanders games over the total has proven to be a meal ticket and season long cash cow for me this season. The Isles enter tonight’s game at 30-12 O/U and none of it is by accident. New York has an offense that doesn’t need many chances or scoring opportunities to produce goals. The Islanders are averaging 3.44 goals per game this season which improves to 3.81 goals per game on home ice. New Jersey is having a brutal time of it in terms of keeping the puck out of their own net. The Devils have surrendered 3+ goals in six straight games and a total of 26 goals allowed during that span so it is not surprising to see them trending 5-1 O/U during this stretch. Cory Schneider tonight’s starting goalie for New Jersey and their #1 netminder has hit a rough patch lately allowing 4 or more goals in five consecutive starts and the Over has cashed in each of those five games. I would expect the NY Islanders to find the back of the net early and often tonight as they have in most of their games throughout the season. On the flip side, for as good as the Islanders are offensively, they are extremely fragile and weak on the defensive end of the ice. The Islanders have yielded 4+ goals in seven of their last eight games thanks to a suspect defense, a brutal 29th ranked penalty kill and very shaky goaltending on a nightly basis from the Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Greiss combination as both goalies have a GAA above 3 which is well below average. New Jersey is an improved offensive team this season as they are averaging 3.1 goals per game and have scored 3 or more in eight of their last ten games. The Devils and Islanders played against each other one time earlier this season and the result was a 5-4 high scoring affair won by the Islanders. Expect another game featuring plenty of goals tonight sending this game over the total.