NHL Free Pick | Jets at Islanders

Game: Winnipeg Jets (16-8-2, 11-15 ATS) at New York Islanders (13-9-3, 15-10 ATS)

When: 7:00 PM ET, Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York

Current Line: WIN -140 NYI +120 Total: 6

TV Coverage: TSN3, MSG Plus


The New York Islanders will host a great game tonight back at Barclays, coming in with a respectable 13-9-3 record, good for 3rd in the Metropolitan Division. The Winnipeg Jets are 16-8-2, good for 3rd in the Central Division, and have won their last 3, including a 4-3 shootout win at MSG against the Rangers on Sunday.

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Jets center Mark Scheifele has been on fire, and was named the First Star of the Week for the period ending December 2nd. In his last 4 games, Scheifele found the twine 5 times and added 3 helpers. He has 19 points in his last 12 games.

Although he’s been held scoreless the past 2 games, prior to that, Patrik Laine scored 13 times in 6 game stretch, including a 5 goal effort against the Blues on November 24th. When on, Laine is unstoppable and was named the First Star of the Month for November.

The Islanders are led by Josh Bailey (7G, 15A, 22P), Mathew Barzal (3G, 18A, 21P), and Anders Lee (9G, 11A, 20P). The are having trouble finding the back of the net, having scored only 5 goals in their last 3.

Even though the Islanders have been in a slight goal drought recently, they are still in the top half of the league in scoring at 3 goals per game, good for #14. The Jets are #6 with 3.46.

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The Jets have played to the OVER in 5 of their last 6 road games, and the total has gone OVER in 6 of their last 8 versus the Islanders and 5 of the last 7 when playing on the road against the Islanders.

The Jets are a better overall team than the Islanders, so I would expect the Jets to win this one, but I am betting the OVER.

NHL Free Pick: Jets/Islanders OVER 6

Free pick by Joe Berra

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