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Islanders vs. Predators: Betting odds, lineups, Mathew Barzal owes them

TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 29: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders waits for a faceoff against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on December 29, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Islanders defeated the Maple Leafs 4-0.(Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 29: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders waits for a faceoff against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on December 29, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Islanders defeated the Maple Leafs 4-0.(Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 08: The New York Islanders celebrate a 4-0 win over the San Jose Sharks at the Barclays Center on October 08, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The islanders shutout the Sharks 4-0. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Nashville Predators come to town on the second leg of a back-to-back to play the New York Islanders. Here’s what you need to know leading up to puck drop.

After a few days off, the New York Islanders are back in action. They welcome the traveling Nashville Predators to the Nassau Coliseum. With Nashville playing last night in Manhattan, the Islanders are getting a relatively tired Predators team.

Last night, the Predators were across the river where they won 5-2 against the New York Rangers. While the scoreline looks like the Preds were dominant, it was actually anything but.

The Rangers were often causing the Predators significant problems in the defensive zone. The Rangers probably should have been ahead instead of behind 3-2 before Nashville scored two empty-net goals.

The Rangers just couldn’t capitalize on their opportunities when they had them and gave the Predators far too many thanks to some costly neutral zone turnovers. The Predators also got away with one of the weirdest bouncing pucks ever. Watch how this puck never crosses the goal line. Incredible.

Capitalizing on opportunities and limiting turnovers are the hallmarks of the Barry Trotz system. If Nashville steps on the ice with the same game they played against the Rangers, they’ll find it tough to pick up their second win in a row.

Betting odds

The current money line on the game, curtsey of The Action Network, is -142 for an Islanders win versus a +122 money line for a Nashville win.

Comparing the two records shows the Islanders are a much better team at the moment. The Predators are five points out of a wild card place in the West with a 15-12-5 record while the Islanders sit fourth in the NHL with a 22-7-2 record.

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