The New York Islanders and Anaheim Ducks meet Wednesday in NHL action at the Honda Center. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The New York Islanders are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 17.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Brock Nelson leads New York with 28 goals, Mathew Barzal has 37 assists and Anders Lee has 181 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 82.7 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Ilya Sorokin has given up 111 goals on 1,482 shots faced, and Semyon Varlamov has allowed 58 goals on 644 shots.
The Anaheim Ducks are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 16 percent of their power play opportunities. Trevor Zegras leads Anaheim with 21 goals, Cam Fowler has 32 assists and Frank Vatrano has 185 shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 4 goals per game and are killing 73.2 percent of their opponent’s power plays. John Gibson has given up 167 goals on 1,716 shots faced, and Anthony Stolarz has allowed 51 goals on 494 shots.
The Islanders are 5-11 in their last 16 road games. The Ducks are 17-35 in their last 52 home games and 26-65 in their last 91 overall. The under is 6-2-1 in Islanders last 9 overall. The under is 6-2-1 in Ducks last 9 overall. The home team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The New York Islanders continue to have issues on the road, but there are no excuses here. If the Islanders want to remain in the playoff conversation, these are games they need to take advantage of. The Anaheim Ducks don’t play a lick of defense, and the towel has been thrown in on their season. If the Islanders are a playoff threat, these are games they win. I’ll lay the juice.