Islanders vs New Jersey: prediction for the NHL game
The Islanders play hosts to the Devils in the National Hockey League on January 14. We made predictions for this game, which you can find in the article below.
New York Islanders
The Islanders had a woeful start to the season and now sit bottom of their division table. Sure, the team has a few games in hand, but they are unlikely to significantly improve their situation.
In the last two matches, the Islanders celebrated success. They defeated Buffalo (4:1), and prevailed over Edmonton in a very close fight (3:2 OT). Barry Trotz's men did not play for two weeks due to covid outbreak and will probably struggle to get back in form after such a long break.
New Jersey Devils
New Jersey are playing at the maximum of their abilities this season. They look much better than last year and have a good chance of making the playoffs. At the moment they share the 6th line of their division with Philadelphia. The Devils have a total of 33 points.
After three victories in a row, the Devils lost to Boston (3:5), beat Columbus (3:1) at home, but suffered a defeat in the reverse fixture (3:4). Lindy Ruff's men have won in regulation in only 3 out of 17 games away.
In 4 of their 5 games against the Islanders, the guests scored fewer than 3 goals.
In 4 head-to-head games out of 5, no more than one goal was scored in the first period.
In our opinion, the Islanders should win the upcoming game. New Jersey have suffered big squad losses due to illness and injury, so the hosts will have a great chance to extend their successful streak. The Islanders need to get as many points as possible in order to get into the playoffs zone, and they definitely shouldn't lose points to such opponents as the Devils.
Our prediction - Islanders to win
New Jersey will be playing without their key attacking players, so we doubt that the Devils will be able to score a large number of goals. The Islanders have a strong defensive line and will stop the visitors from scoring a lot.
Second wager - New Jersey IT under 2.5 goals