The New York Islanders hope for a road victory when they take on defending champ St. Louis on Thursday night. The Islanders beat the Blues 3-2 in the last head-to-head match. Can New York beat St. Louis again? Or, will the defending champions show up with their best hockey? See below for NHL odds, analysis, and a free pick for Islanders vs Blues!
Islanders vs Blues NHL Odds, Preview, and Pick
- When: Thursday, Feb. 27 at 8:00 pm ET
- Where: Enterprise Center, St. Louis, MO
- Moneyline Odds: Islanders +150 / Blues -169 / Over/Under Odds: Off
Why New York Islanders are a good bet to win +150
The Islanders are in good form. On Feb. 21, they beat Detroit 4-1. They followed up that victory with another 4-1 win. On Feb. 23, NYI beat the San Jose Sharks 4-1. The rival New York Rangers beat the Islanders 4-3 in NYI’s last. But even that match wasn’t a bad one. NYR beat the Islanders in overtime. New York is playing well enough to challenge St. Louis for the win.
- Goals For: 2.8
- Shots For: 29.6
- Power Plays: 17.8%
- Face-Offs: 49.7%
- Goals Against: 2.7
- Shots Against: 31.3
- Penalty Kills: 80.9%
- Shutouts: 4
Why St. Louis Blues are a good bet to win -169
The defending champs are on fire. St. Louis has won 5 in a row. Just two of the matches were close. The St. Louis Blues beat Arizona 1-0. They took down Chicago 6-5. In the other 3 wins, they dominated: a win over New Jersey 3-0, a victory against the Dallas Stars 5-1, and a 4-1 beat down of Minnesota. After a rough patch, St. Louis is back on track. Expect the Blues to step onto the ice ready to roll.
- Goals For: 3.2
- Shots For: 30.8
- Power Plays: 24.1%
- Face-Offs: 51.4%
- Goals Against: 2.8
- Shots Against: 29.8
- Penalty Kills: 80%
- Shutouts: 2
NHL Betting Trends for New York Islanders vs St. Louis Blues
- Islanders are 2-5 in their last 7
- New York is 1-4 in their last 5 versus the Western Conference
- NYI is 2-5 in their last 7 playing on a day of rest
- Under is 6-1 in Islanders last 7 overall
- Louis is 4-0 in their last 4 as a favorite
- Blues are 13-4 in their last 17 as a home favorite
- Louis is 1-4 in their last 5 versus a team with a winning record
- Over is 6-1 in Blues last 7 versus the Eastern Conference
Islanders vs Blues NHL Final Betting Analysis
The Islanders are a good hockey team. They must be better than good to upset the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night. St. Louis has returned to the form that made them one of the top teams in NHL.
The Blues aren’t just winning games. They’re dominating their opponents. The victories against Dallas and Minnesota happened on the road. St. Louis has a 21-6-3-2 home record. That includes a streak where they lost 5 in a row.
Also, the parameters of this match don’t set up for an NYI victory. The Islanders haven’t fared well in away games. Their overall road record is 15-13-1-1. On a recent 4-game road trip, the Islanders went 0-4, losing to Nashville, Vegas, Arizona, and Colorado.
Although the Islanders will fight hard, the Blues get the win. Back St. Louis over the New York Islanders in this Thursday night match.
NHL Free Pick: Blues -169