Face-off: 1400 ET, 01/01/2022
Venue: UBS Arena
New York Islanders remain bottom of the Metropolitan Division but have shown much-improved form of late, especially when on home ice.
Barry Trotz’s side have posted three wins and an overtime loss to red-hot Vegas Golden Knights from their last four outings at UBS Arena.
They appeal at 1.87 to prevail on the money line in our New York Islanders vs Edmonton Oilers predictions.
New York Islanders Odds
Since tasting defeat in their first four home games this term, the Islanders have only lost one of their last seven matches at this venue in regular time.
Mathew Barzal returned from missing three fixtures due to Covid protocols when bagging a goal and two assists in Thursday’s 4-1 triumph over Buffalo here.
Defenceman Noah Dobson, who had a goal and an assist himself, commented on Barzal’s comeback: “I think he’s obviously a big part of our game. He was flying around.
“I think it’s nice when guys are out for a little bit and we get them back. They definitely bring an energy to the team and I think you saw that.”
An in-form Noah Dobson added. “We know where we’re at in the standings right now but we’re just trying to focus on each game and collecting points and keep building our game.
“We’ve been stringing together a couple good games the last few here.”
The Islanders can put everything into this contest, as they will then have another 11-day break following the postponement of a four-match road trip.
Looking at the 7.5 for a home win by exactly two goals.
Edmonton Oilers Odds
Edmonton’s bright start to the campaign evaporated during a disappointing December, which brought a 3-7-1 record.
Conceding too many goals has been the big problem and that trend continued in a 6-5 overtime loss at New Jersey on New Year’s Eve.
Connor McDavid edged ahead of team-mate Leon Draisaitl at the top of the NHL points table with a couple of goals, while Kailer Yamamoto also bagged a brace.
However, after coming from behind four times and then taking the lead, those defensive issues returned to haunt the Oilers.
Head coach Dave Tippett described it as a “rollercoaster game” and added: “We had some guys play very well and some guys put in really good efforts. We’ve got to stay with that.”
Both of these teams have few Covid issues at present but backing up from such a high-tempo contest will still be tough for Edmonton.
Let’s finish off our NHL predictions by taking 3.9 for the Islanders to win and each side to score at least twice.
NY ISLANDERS 4-1 Buffalo
New Jersey 6-5 EDMONTON
Head-to-head: NY Islanders 2-5 Edmonton, Edmonton 4-3 NY Islanders, NY Islanders 5-2 Edmonton, Edmonton 1-0 NY Islanders
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