With a 3-2 overtime win in Boston on Thursday, the New York Islanders welcome a struggling Anaheim Ducks to the Coliseum where they hope to build on that win in Boston.
The last time these two teams faced off, the New York Islanders were in the middle of their biggest slide this season. With an OT loss to the Sharks a few days prior, the Ducks would hand the Islanders their first regulation loss in 45 days with a 3-0 shutout. The Isles would follow that up with a regulation loss to the Kings.
Since that 3-0 shutout to the Ducks, the Islanders have gone 7-4-0. After an embarrassing 8-3 drubbing by the Predators, the Isles were able to bounce back with a solid performance and a 3-2 shootout win over the Boston Bruins in their last outing.
The Islanders will hope to take that performance against the Bruins and build on it as they welcome the Ducks to the Nassau Coliseum.
The Ducks are coming to the Island with a two-game slide and having dropped three of their last four games. They’ve scored 1.5 goals-for per game in that stretch. The Isles are catching the Ducks at the right time.
Tale of the tape
The money line opened at -190 in favor of the New York Islanders, for obvious reasons. With the Islanders being the home team they will always get an edge, how much of an edge depends on the two teams’ records and their recent form.
The Isles have nine extra wins and just beat the Boston Bruins while the Ducks sit at the bottom of the Western Conference and have to straight losses. The -190 starting line is justified.
At the time of writing, the line has moved to -170 for the Isles and +150 for the Ducks (curtsey of The Action Network).