The New York Islanders (21-14-2) visit the Seattle Kraken (18-12-4) Sunday in a battle of hot vs. cold. Face-off from Climate Pledge Arena is set 8 p.m. ET (ESPN). Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the Islanders vs. Kraken odds, and make our expert NHL picks and predictions.
The Islanders are on a 3-game winning streak after Thursday’s 2-1 win vs. the Columbus Blue Jackets and they lead that season series 3-0. New York will attempt to ride this momentum to a win vs. the struggling Kraken as the teams meet for the 1st game of a 2-game season series.
The Kraken are on a 3-game losing streak that includes a 7-2 blowout loss on Friday vs. the Edmonton Oilers. Seattle has lost 8 of its last 11 games.
Islanders at Kraken odds
Provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub Lines last updated at 8:31 a.m. ET.
- Moneyline (ML): Islanders +100 (bet $100 to win $100) | Kraken -120 (bet $120 to win $100)
- Puck line (PL)/Against the spread (ATS): Islanders +1.5 (-250) | Kraken -1.5 (+180)
- Over/Under (O/U): 6.5 (O: +115 | U: -135)
Islanders at Kraken projected goalies
Ilya Sorokin (13-11-0, 2.26 GAA, .926 SV%) vs Philipp Grubauer (3-7-0, 3.53 GAA, .881 SV%)
Sorokin is on a 3-game winning streak during which he has allowed only 1 goal in each game. He has stopped 62 of the 65 shots faced in the 3 games. He has 2.42 GAA and 3-5-1 record in 10 December appearances.
Grubauer allowed 3 goals on 5 shots in under 4 minutes and was pulled from Friday’s loss against Edmonton. He has lost 4 of his last 5 starts and has a 3.65 GAA in 8 December games.
Islanders at Kraken picks and predictions
Islanders 3, Kraken 2
LEAN ISLANDERS +105.
With the momentum from their winning streak combined with the Kraken playing their backup goalie, the Rangers should be able to come out of the gates rolling in this game. This will be a tough matchup for the Kraken, who have a 9-8-2 record at home.
The Islanders are the better and hotter team and will make this a close game even if they lose, but -250 is unplayable.
LEAN UNDER 6.5 (-135).
Both of these teams have offenses that are very inconsistent, but have the potential to put up 5+ goals on any given night. Had this been a game with more significance I would likely advise the over simply because of the scoring potential of both teams. For this matchup, the Under should be safer.