Thanks to a 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings, the New York Islanders are feeling good about themselves. They can build on that with a date against the San Jose Sharks.
With a 4-1 win over the league-worst Detroit Red Wings, the New York Islanders welcome the 27th ranked San Jose Sharks to the Nassau Coliseum. Giving the Islanders a great chance to build on their last home win.
After scoring four goals – one on the power play – the Islanders have shown that they aren’t completely inept in front of goal. With a date against the Sharks, they get to establish some much needed positive momentum.
You also have to factor that the Sharks played just last night at Madison Square Garden. They won’t be weary from travel, but they still played less than 24 hours ago. If the Isles can go up a goal or two early, that should be enough to see them take the ‘W’.
The Season Series
These two teams last met in November as the Islanders traveled out for a three-day California road trip. That game ended 2-1 in overtime. It was the only point the Islanders would get on that road trip as their 17-game point streak came to an end.
Hopefully, the Islanders power play -which scored against the Red Wings on Friday – doesn’t go 0-for-6 today against the Sharks.
Tale of the Tape
Even though the Sharks are one of the five worst teams in the NHL with a 26-31-4 record but they still have enough quality in the lineup to punish the Islanders if they aren’t playing their best game.
Thanks to the Action Network the New York Islanders are pretty heavy favorites for tonight’s game with the money line on an Isles win opening at -220. It’s shifted slightly to -190 at the time of writing.
I’m sure the Islanders will be buoyed by that 4-1 win over the Red Wings. It won’t be easy. But the Sharks played last night against the Rangers. They aren’t rested, while the Isles haven’t played since Friday.