The New York Islanders (20-21-8) wrap up their five-game road trip Tuesday against the Colorado Avalanche (39-10-4) at Ball Arena. Puck drop is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET (ESPN+). Below, we look at the Islanders vs. Avalanche odds and lines, and make our expert NHL picks, predictions and bets.
The Islanders have had mixed results on this road trip with two wins and two losses across the first four games. The most impressive outing came in a 4-0 shutout behind G Ilya Sorokin Sunday at the Anaheim Ducks.
The Avalanche picked up a third consecutive victory with a 3-2 decision in Vegas Saturday against the Golden Knights behind G Darcy Kuemper. Colorado has won five of its last six games overall.
Islanders at Avalanche odds, spread and lines
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Money line: Islanders +230 (bet $100 to win $230) | Avalanche -300 (bet $300 to win $100)
Against the spread (ATS): Islanders +1.5 (-107) | Avalanche -1.5 (-115)
Over/Under (O/U): 5.5 (O: -135 | U: +110)
Islanders at Avalanche projected goalies
Ilya Sorokin (17-11-7, 2.37 GAA, .923 SV%, 5 SO) vs. Darcy Kuemper (26-6-2, 2.46 GAA, .920 SV%, 3 SO)
Sorokin is unbeaten in regulation across his last five starts, going 3-0-2 with a pair of shootout losses. He turned aside all 34 shots he faced in Anaheim Sunday for his fifth shutout of the season.
Kuemper allowed just 2 goals on 36 shots in Saturday’s 3-2 win in Vegas, his fifth victory in his last six outings. He is 5-1-1 with a 1.98 GAA and .938 SV% with 2 shutouts in February.
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Islanders at Avalanche odds, lines, picks and predictions
Avalanche 3, Islanders 1
The Avalanche (-300) will cost you three times our potential return against an Islanders side with some tremendous goaltending. That’s a rather risky play, even for a much better team overall playing on its home ice.
Against the spread
The better value can be found with the AVALANCHE -1.5 (-115) on the puck line. Five of Colorado’s last six victories have been by 2 or more goals despite its last game being a 1-goal win.
The Islanders head into this one with just five wins in their last 27 games against winning teams while going 2-10 in the past 12 as road underdogs. New York is also 0-6 in the previous six following a win. Colorado is easily the better play here.
The UNDER 5.5 (+110) is the lean, mainly due to the tremendous goaltenders on each side of the ice. The trends mostly point to the Over for the Islanders lately, but the Under is 2-2-1 in their last five with Sorokin in net. The Under is 4-1 in the past five at home for the Avalanche, too.
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