Golden Knights vs. Islanders NHL Pick – December 12th

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<p>The New York Islanders are back at Barclays Center after a 2-1 loss to the Penguins at Nassau Coliseum. It was their first game at their former arena since 2015. They will also host the Maple Leafs at Nassau Coliseum later this season for the return of John Tavares. In fact, there are 21 more games hosted in Long Island this season. Yeah, the arena needs improvements, but Barclays Center hasn’t proven to be a suitable home. </p>
<p>They will split games between Barclays and Nassau Coliseum over the next two seasons, before settling in at their new digs adjacent to Belmont. The Isles came as close as you can come, but the Penguins ultimately edged them out with a Jake Guentzel winner. They overcame a penalty in overtime, which is typically a death sentence for a team in extra time. </p>
<p>The ice is wide open on a 4-on-3, but Casey DeSmith stood tall and made some nice saves in net. He made some great saves throughout the game to keep the Penguins in the contest. DeSmith has quietly been developing into a solid option for the Pens. </p>
<p>In the midst of rumours they’re looking for a goaltender in a trade, DeSmith has seemed to use it as motivation. The Islanders let that one slip away, though. They should have had it, and now they welcome a Vegas team who are beginning to heat up. To a lesser degree, the Golden Knights are heating up like the Washington Capitals, their opponents in the Final last season. The Caps and Knights both got off to a slow start this season, but appear to be shaking off the hangover and getting back to basics. Vegas enter Wednesday night with a record of 17-14-0, as they get themselves more comfortable to make a push in the second-half. Head below for our free Golden Knights vs. Islanders pick. </p>
<h2 class=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.

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