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Nashville Predators vs. New York Islanders Betting Analysis and Prediction

Nashville Predators travel to New York to face the Islanders for the final time in 2022-23.

The Nashville Predators won the first matchup 5-4 on November 17th and are riding a two-game winning streak into Friday night’s matchup, while the New York Islanders had a four-game winning streak snapped in their last game.

We’ll review the important betting trends, odds, and stats in our Predators vs Islanders betting analysis to help find the best bets for your betting ticket.

Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET from the UBS arena in Elmont, New York. You can catch this game on ESPN+ or Hulu.

Nashville Predators vs. New York Islanders Odds

Before we jump into our Predators vs Islanders betting analysis, we need to review the odds and betting records.

NHL odds have the New York Islanders as the moneyline favorite, with odds ranging from -150 to -175. The Nashville Predators are the moneyline underdog, listed with odds between +125 and +145.

The Predators have an 11-11 straight-up moneyline record, while the Islanders are 15-9 on the moneyline. 

The Predators are listed at +1.5-goals on the puck line spread, with odds listed between -190 and -200. The Islanders are listed at -1.5, with odds between +154 and +165.

Nashville has an 8-14 record against the spread (ats), while New York is 15-9 ats. The total goals line is set relatively low compared to most NHL games, currently listed at 5.5 goals.

The over is listed with odds from -120 to -128, while the under is listed between +105 and -105. The Islanders have a 12-12 over/under record, while the Predators are 10-12.

Matchup Information

  • Game: Nashville Predators (11-9-2) vs. New York Islanders (15-9-0)
  • Where: UBS Arena, Elmont, New York
  • When: Friday, December 2nd, 2022, 7:30 p.m. ET.
  • Watch: ESPN+ | Hulu

Nashville Predators vs. New York Islanders Betting Preview

Nashville Predators

The Nashville Predators standings in the Central Divison are about where we expect them to be: in the mix and on the borderline of a playoff spot.

The Predators enter Friday night’s NHL schedule with an 11-9-2 record. The Predators have won three of their last five games, with only one ending in a 1.5-goal spread and two hitting the over of 6.5 goals.

In their last game, the Predators defeated the New Jersey Devils 4-3 in overtime. The NHL teams saw Ryan Johansen score twice – including the overtime winner, while Colton Sissons and Mikael Grandlund added goals for the Predators. Juuse Soros made twenty-five saves to get the win.

The Predators’ NHL stats speak to a team trying to right the ship after a tough start to the 2022-23 NHL season.

Nashville averages 2.55 goals per game on 30.2 shots while giving up 2.86 goals on 32.4 shots per game.

The Predators’ special teams are below the league average, converting on 16% of their powerplay chances (thirteen powerplay goals) and killing 79.2% of Nashville’s penalties (sixteen powerplay goals against).

Filip Forsberg leads the Predators in scoring with twenty points (seven goals and thirteen assists). 

Juuse Soros has started the last two games for the Predators, but considering the Predators had an unexpected break due to a water main break at Bridgestone Arena, we expect Soros to get the start against the Islanders. Soros has a 9-6-2 record, with a 2.92 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage.

However, with a long break after Friday’s game, the Predators could start Kevin Lankinen to give him some work and keep him active during an unexpected break in the schedule.

If Lankinen starts, he has a 2-3-0 record, a 2.50 goals-against average, and a .922 save percentage.

New York Islanders

Our New York Islanders predictions didn’t have them behind the New Jersey Devils in the NHL standings. The Islanders are third in the Metropolitan Divison with a 15-9-0 record.

The Islanders have won four of their last five games, with three of those games ending in a 1.5-goal spread and only one game hitting the over of 6.5.

In their last matchup, the Islanders lost 3-1 to the Philadelphia Flyers on November 29th. Noah Dobson scored the only goal for the Islanders on the powerplay, while Ilya Sorokin made thirty saves in the loss.

The Islanders are a veteran team with their core locked up long-term, missing a piece of two to be a true Stanley Cup contender.

The Islanders average 3.25 goals per game on 30.8 shots while giving up 2.58 goals on 33.0 shots per game.

The Islanders’ special teams are above average: the powerplay is converting on 23.6% of their chances (seventeen powerplay goals), while the penalty kill is doing its job 83.1% of the time (thirteen powerplay goals against. 

Mathew Barzal leads the Islanders in NHL player stats with twenty-six points (two goals, twenty-four assists).

According to ESPN, the Islanders have three notable names on the NHL injury report. Right-wingers Josh Bailey and Cal Clutterbuck are listed as day-to-day, while Kyle Palmieri is still on the injured reserve list.

After reviewing the New York Islanders’ schedule and goaltending rotation, we think Ilya Sorokin will get the start in net for the New York Islanders. Sorokin has a 10-6-0 record, a 2.18 goals-against average, and a .933 save percentage. 

Nashville Predators vs. New York Islanders Betting Preview

After reviewing our Predators vs Islanders betting analysis, we’ve got three predictions for you.

First, regardless of their last game’s result, our Predators vs Islanders betting analysis favors the New York Islanders.

We’re taking the New York Islanders to win on the moneyline simply because they have been and should be the better team. The Islanders should win this game outright. 

Second, we’re taking the over, primarily because of how low the total goals line is listed at. 

These two teams hit the over in their first matchup and have reasonably even over/under betting records, and we expect that result to repeat itself on Friday night in New York, especially at 5.5 goals. We’ll take the over.

Who to Bet On?

Our final prediction from our Predators vs Islanders betting analysis is to take the Predators to cover the spread.

The Predators and Islanders have been in a lot of one-goal games, and this figures to be another closely fought, one-goal game.

The Islanders have a better record against the spread, but the Predators are better than their records suggest, and they’ll keep this close enough to cover the spread.

NHL Pick: Predators (-165)

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