Vegas Golden Knights vs. N.Y. Islanders Pick
The Golden Knights and Islanders have had two meetings in their brief history, with the Isles coming up victorious in both outings. Their latest matchup was a 2-1 win for the Isles in January of last season. So, the two losses didn’t mean much in the grand scheme of things for the Golden Knights. They were flying last season regardless of their bad days against the Islanders.
The Knights have been flying recently, with wins in eight of their last ten games. During their 8-2 run, they have averaged 3.8 goals per game and allowed just 2.3 goals. Their losses came against the Oilers and Kings. The loss to the Kings wouldn’t be described as a “good” loss at all. However, they responded with a 4-2 win against the Stars. In six of their previous eight games, they’ve scored at least 4 goals. The offence is beginning to resemble the team that we seen a season ago.
While the Knights are heating up, the Isles seem to be entering a stall. They haven’t crashed yet, but trying to keep things together at the moment. After winning five straight games at the end of October, the Islanders have won 6 and dropped 10 games. Four of those wins were against teams at .500 or below.
In their previous ten outings, they’ve averaged just 2 goals per game while allowing 2.8 goals. The Isles haven’t scored more than 3 goals since November 24th. Missing Tavares in the lineup is beginning to show in Brooklyn or Long Island or New York, or wherever you want to say they are from. Don’t expect a Vegas blowout, but they likely get it done as they continue to look more like the expansion rookie Vegas Golden Knights.