Free NHL Picks Today: Anaheim Ducks vs New York Islanders 3/15/23

Free NHL Picks Today: Anaheim Ducks vs New York Islanders 3/15/23
Wed 15th March 2023

The New York Islanders (-190) head to face the Anaheim Ducks (+160) at Honda Center on Wednesday. The total is 5.5 (O: -120, U: +100)New York (34-27-8) is playing on back-to-back days after suffering a 5-2 loss against the Kings yesterday.

The Islanders conceded two power play goals while failing to take advantage of their own power play opportunities. Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Pierre Engvall each scored once for the Islanders. Ryan Pulock had two assists to lead the team in scoring. Ilya Sorokin only had 32 saves on 36 shots against (.888%) in the loss.

Anaheim (22-35-10) fell 5-4 (OT) to the Predators on Sunday. Mason McTavish scored twice to lead the Ducks. Cam Fowler had three assists to lead the team in scoring. John Gibson saved only 31 of 36 shots against (.861%) in the loss.


The Islanders won the first meeting between the teams this season, a 7-1 victory in October, their third straight win against Anaheim. Anders Lee led New York with three points (0G 3A). Troy Terry scored Anaheim’s only goal. Sorokin got the win, saving 22 of 23 shots (.956%).


New York is averaging 2.87 goals per game for the season, 24th in the NHL, and they are taking on a Ducks team that is allowing 4.00 goals a game (32nd).

Meanwhile, Anaheim has found the net 2.52 times a game on average, 31st in the league, and the Islanders are allowing opponents to score 2.71 goals per game (7th).

Anaheim averages fewer shots (28.8) than most teams in the league, ranking 28th, while the team’s 8.9% shooting percentage is 30th. New York has proven up to the task of stopping shots, ranking No. 2 with a team save percentage of .920%.

Look for a few power play opportunities for the Islanders, as the Ducks have been penalized 4.46 times a game, fifth-most in the NHL, for an average of 11.40 minutes (fifth-highest). The visitors are averaging 3.57 penalties (25th) and 8.41 penalty minutes a game (20th).

The Ducks’ 15.34% power play percentage is the second-worst in the league, while New York’s 15.98% conversion rate ranks fourth-lowest. Anaheim has been equally poor at penalty killing, as the hosts own the league’s fourth-lowest PK% at 72.89%. New York’s 82.32% ranks eighth in the NHL.


With 63 points this season, Brock Nelson is the top skater for the Islanders. He has 28 goals and 35 assists in 69 games. In the net, Sorokin (23-19-6) is New York’s top goaltender by goals against average.

He has a 2.38 GAA and a .924% save percentage, third-best in the league. Trevor Zegras leads the Ducks in scoring with 56 points. He has 21 goals and 35 assists in 67 games.

Anthony Stolarz (5-6-0) has the best goals against average for Anaheim at 3.73. He has a save percentage of .897%. Gibson (14-24-8) has played the most games in net for the Ducks this season. He has a 3.85 GAA and a .903% save percentage.


New York is 14-15-5 on the road this season. Anaheim is 11-16-3 at Honda Center this season. Meanwhile, the Islanders are 7-5 without a day off and 4-5 playing with a rest disadvantage. The Ducks are 7-5 with a rest advantage.

SportsTips’ NHL Pick:

NY Islanders (-190)

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