The Vegas Golden Knights (-110) will be hoping to halt their losing streak when they head to face the New York Islanders (-110) at UBS Arena on Saturday. The total is 6 (O: -110, U: -110)Both teams will be playing on back-to-back days. The Golden Knights are 1-3 without rest, while the Islanders are 5-4.
Vegas (29-18-3) is coming off a 4-1 loss against the Rangers yesterday, their third straight defeat. Phil Kessel scored the only goal for the Golden Knights. Adin Hill had 36 saves in the loss. New York (24-22-5) beat the Red Wings 2-0 yesterday. Brock Nelson and Anders Lee both scored once for the Islanders.
Nelson added an assist to share the scoring lead with Kyle Palmieri, who had two assists. Ilya Sorokin had a dominant performance with 23 saves to record his third shutout of the season, third-most in the league.
HEAD TO HEAD
The Islanders won the first meeting between the teams this season, a 5-2 victory in December. Nelson (1G 1A), Zach Parise (1G 1A), and Jean-Gabriel Pageau (0G 2A) each had two points to lead New York. Reilly Smith led Vegas with two goals. Semyon Varlamov got the win, saving 35 of 37 shots (.945%).
Vegas is averaging 3.12 goals per game for the season, 17th in the NHL, and they are taking on an Islanders team that is allowing 2.75 goals a game (9th).
Meanwhile, New York has found the net 2.86 times a game on average, 25th in the league, and the Golden Knights are allowing opponents to score 2.90 goals per game (12th).
The Islanders’ 15.65% power play percentage is the third-worst in the league, while the Golden Knights rank 13th with a conversion rate of 22.90%. While poor on the power play, New York has been successful at penalty killing, boasting the league’s fifth-highest PK% at 82.89%. Vegas ranks 17th at 79.03%.
With 43 points this season, Chandler Stephenson is the top skater for the Golden Knights. He has 11 goals and 32 assists in 50 games. In the net, Logan Thompson (19-13-2) is Vegas’ top goaltender by goals against average.
He has a 2.71 GAA and a .912% save percentage. Nelson and Mathew Barzal lead the Islanders in scoring with 45 and 42 points, respectively. Nelson has 19 goals and 26 assists in 51 games, while Barzal has 11 goals and 31 assists.
Sorokin (15-16-4) is the top goalie for New York with a goals against average of 2.44. He has a save percentage of .922%, fifth-best in the league.
HOME AND AWAY
Vegas is looking to avoid a fourth straight road defeat this season. New York is 14-9-2 at UBS Arena this season.
SportsTips’ NHL Pick:
NY Islanders (+100)
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