Colorado Avalanche vs. New York Islanders NHL Pick – March 7

The first-place Colorado Avalanche will look to shake off a mini losing streak Monday night when they take on the New York Islanders. The Avs enter coming off of a tough 4-3 OT loss to Calgary on Saturday evening, and despite Colorado’s knack for consistently outplaying the opposition, they need to find ways to get better goaltending as they enter the crucial months of the season.

The Isles’ season has been surprisingly ineffective. Injuries and early-season COVID just ravaged this group from the get-go. They haven’t recovered in a tough Metropolitan division, and though their goaltending and defense has been sturdy, the New York offense has been dismal since October. Only five active forwards have managed to net more than 8 goals on the season, which isn’t sustainable.

Look for Pavel Francouz to look to answer the Avs’ questions in goals Monday evening, while the home team Isles will turn to Ilya Sorokin. The big Russian is in the midst of a stellar campaign, entering Monday with a .923 save percentage.

Can Colorado shake off their recent woes and continue their playoff push against a hot goalie? Or will the Isles relish the spoiler role and finally find their missing offense? For answers and added insight on this crucial showdown, as well as betting news, trends and analysis – keep on reading beneath the current odds as we look to secure another NHL winner on Monday night.

Colorado Avalanche vs. New York Islanders Live Odds & Betting History

*These odds are provided by BetOnline.ag

Spread:

  • Colorado Avalanche -1.5 (+125)
  • New York Islanders +1.5 (-145)
Moneyline:

  • Colorado Avalanche (-195)
  • NY Islanders (+175)
Total Points:

  • Over 6 (-110)
  • Under 6 (-110)
TEAM DATA AVALANCHE ISLES
Overall Record 40-11-5 21-23-8
ATS Record 28-28 21-31
Home/Away Record 17-8-2 11-11-4
Goals Per Game 3.9 2.5
Goals Against Per Game 2.8 2.7
Shots On Goal Per Game 35.2 29.6
Shooting % 10.3 9.8

Colorado Avalanche vs. New York Islanders Prediction:

As seen by their sterling record, the Avs don’t lose often. In fact, they’ve only lost two in a row just two times this entire regular season. Following a tough defeat at home to Calgary, the Avs will take to the road Monday night to continue their quest for the President’s Trophy.

Colorado has thrived in the road favourite spot for much of this season. This is a group that has flopped in previous post-seasons, and they are getting better at overcoming adversity and playing much better in hostile spots. The Isles’ new home rink certainly represents a tough spot to play, and Colorado’s squad should be raring to go after a couple of tough losses.

The Avs simply cave in the opposition, and enter Monday sitting near the top of the league in virtually every shooting and chance metric, especially thriving at even strength. And though Darcy Kuemper is the preferred starter, his recent run of poor play offers hope for young upstart Pavel Francouz to get a shot. Expect the French netminder to be keen to show what he’s got against a pedestrian Isles’ attack.

The Islanders are simply playing out their season and though they will be keen to test themselves vs. the Avs, they won’t offer much push-back. They’re 1-8 as home underdogs this year, and sit near the bottom of the league in high-danger scoring chance generation. Against a stingy and mobile Colorado defense, don’t expect the Isles to breakthrough and offer much. This is especially true as New York enters without their top offensive talent in skilled centre Mat Barzal.

 

Avalanche vs. Islanders Trends To Know:

  • Avalanche are 9-2 in their last 11 games as a road favorite.
  • Avalanche are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Metropolitan.
  • Avalanche are 12-2 in their last 14 Monday games.
  • Islanders are 3-13 in their last 16 vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
  • Islanders are 0-7 in their last 7 games following a win.
  • Over is 10-1-1 in the last 12 meetings in New York.

 

The trends significantly tilt this matchup toward the Avs, and though it’s a mini losing streak, this Colorado squad doesn’t lose often.  While the Isles play a tough game and won’t quit, the skill to break down the Avs’ play without the puck simply isn’t there.  The Islanders don’t have the shooters to get pucks past Colorado’s questionable netminding, and as a result look for the Avs to run away with this one.  A regulation win seems fitting, but let’s back on the Avs on the puck-line -1.5 goals tonight, as we start the week with a bang!

 

 

My Pick
Avalanche -1.5
Will S. / Author

Will has been working with The Sports Geek since its early days back in 2010. He began as a soccer specialist, focusing on detailed reports for major international competitions, including the World Cup and European Championships. Since then, he has produced weekly pick articles on both the NFL and English Premier League, while also contributing blog posts on the NHL, MLB, and even WWE wrestling. Will is also an avid sports bettor and daily fantasy player, always eager to share his thoughts and insight on anything going on in the world of sports.

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