Wild vs. Islanders Pick

NHL Predictions: Are Wild smart dog play at Islanders? 2/19/18

Are the Minnesota Wild a good bet to upset the host New York Islanders this afternoon when they meet at 1PM ET?

According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Islanders are listed as a -125 favorite on the moneyline. The Wild are a +105 underdog, while the total is set at 6 goals. The line or the total has not yet moved since it opened.

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As of Monday morning, has won its last two games via 3-0 shutouts are coming in on the visiting Wild. Online wager info also shows that 71 percent of bets are siding with the over.

Minnesota has won the last two meetings in this series, both by 6-4 scores on its home ice. The last time the Islanders hosted was on Oct. 23, 2016, when they topped the Wild by a count of 6-3. The last 10 meetings are even at 5-5, while the over has hit three straight times and seven out of 10.

Minnesota has lost two in a row despite being at home and is on the road for this first time after a five-game homestand in which it went 2-3. The Wild are 5-5 in their last 10 contests, while the over has gone 6-4.

New York has won its last two games via 3-0 shutouts at home against the Rangers and at the Hurricanes. Even so, the Islanders are only 4-6 in their last 10 contests. The over hs hit four consecutive games and is 6-4 over the last 10.

Don't let the back-to-back shutout wins fool you. New York is still one of the weakest defensive teams in the NHL. I'll believe the Islanders are more the team who surrendered three or more goals in the previous seven contests. The Wild have a solid goaltender in Devan Dubnyk and many capable pieces around him. Take the Wild as a small underdog.



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