West Coast Puck Action
The New York Islanders (8-5-2-1, 7-9 ATS) play the second game of their West Coast road trip tonight set to face the Los Angeles Kings (9-6-0-0, 5-10 ATS) at Staples Center. The Islanders will be looking to continue to light the lamp after their four goals against San Jose on Tuesday was their highest output since they scored four against Calgary on October 26th.
The Kings have alternated losses and wins in November after finishing October on a 7-game win streak. They are currently second in the Pacific division, good for sixth in the Western Conference. New York’s eight wins have them fifth in the East and fourth in the Metropolitan division.
Experts, like those at America’s Bookie currently have the Kings the moneyline favorite at -135 with the Islanders paying +115 for the win. The total is set at 5 with the OVER paying -130 and the UNDER at +110. If the puckline is your jam, you know that the Kings are -1½ +220 with the Islanders +1½ -260.
Islanders coaching staff are trying to get the power-play going by moving forward Frans Nielsen off the point and have him skating with John Tavares and Kyle Okposo on the first unit. The Islander special teams unit with the man advantage is a respectable 14th in the league with 9 goals on 41 opportunities, which is good for 22% ranking them 7th.
The Kings rank very close to the Islanders when it comes to the power play, scoring ten goals on 47 chances good for 21.3%. Both teams rank in the top six in penalty kill as New York is third at 88.2% of and LA at #6 and 85.7%.
Captain John Tavares is leading the Islanders with seven goals and 13 points with Kyle Okposo is leading with seven helpers. Jaroslav Halak is probable to start tonight, and has a 1.87 GAA but has only won four of his eight starts, mostly due to the Islanders lack of scoring.
Los Angeles has been led by Tyler Toffoli with ten goals while Jeff Carter has the most points with 15 and Drew Doughty leading with nine helpers. Jhonas Enroth is set to get the nod tonight, who has backed up Jonathan Quick admirably, posting a 0.50 GAA in two starts, including a shutout and allowing one in the other.
The Islanders are 6-0 in their last six against the Western Conference and 5-1 in their last 6 versus a team with a winning record. Los Angeles has very similar stats, going 5-1 in their last six against the Eastern Conference and 4-1 in their last 5 when playing the Metropolitan division.
OVER/UNDER trends show a huge pendulum swing towards the UNDER for both teams. The Islanders have played to the UNDER 7-1-1 in their last 9 overall and 5-1-1 in their last seven road games. The Kings have gone UNDER in 12 of their last 22 home games and 21 of their last 39 versus the Metropolitan.
I’m not one for trends, because they have to bend at some point right? Visit America’s Bookie right now and place a wager on the Islanders puckline @ +115 and the OVER.
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