Chicago Blackhawks vs. New York Islanders NHL Betting Picks
Posted by: Mike Davis
The 2018 NHL hockey betting season continues this Thursday night with an intriguing Chicago Blackhawks vs. New York Islanders matchup. The Blackhawks are having an extremely tough time living up to their season expectations and are starting to become desperate for a turnaround. The Islander son the other hand, are having a pretty successful season and will be looking to build on that success this Thursday night. So what kind of turnout are tonight’s legal betting NHL odds predicting?
Chicago Blackhawks vs. New York Islanders – Thursday, January 3rd
When: 7:30 pm ET
Where: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York
Stream: NBC Extra, NHL TV
NHL Hockey Betting Odds:
The Blackhawks enter this evening’s contest sporting a 15-21-6 record that ranks them 6th overall in the Central Division. With a 36 point tally this season, Chicago is going to have a hard time remaining relevant in the divisional race. Right now the division is led by the Winnipeg Jets who have 52 points on the season. Similarly the 3rd seeded Dallas Stars have 46 on the year, so Chicago is already starting to fall too far behind. So what chance do they have of upsetting the Islanders on the road? Well considering that Chicago is 7-2-1 in their last 10 meetings against the Islanders, one would assume they have a solid chance of getting the win tonight. However, the numbers have something different to say about tonight’s match. Offensively these two match up pretty well with Chicago averaging 2.88 per game and New York 2.95. But on defense things are a bit more lopsided since Chicago gives up 3.62 while New York only gives up 2.61.
Players to Watch: Patrick Kane (22 G, 28 A, 50 PTS.), Jonathan Toews (16 G, 20 A, 36 PTS.), and Alex DeBrincat (18 G, 15 A, 33 PTS.).
New York Islanders
The Islanders storm into this Thursday night contest flashing a 21-13-4 record that nets them 46 points on the season. That 46 point tally manages to rank New York 4th in the Metropolitan Division. And since the 3rd seeded Columbus Blue Jackets are sitting on 49 this season, New York doesn’t need too much to crack the Top 3 in the Met. Entering tonight’s contest riding a 4 game winning streak, the Islanders are more than confident that they can defend the home stand against the struggling Blackhawks.
Players to Watch: Mathew Barzal (10 G, 26 A, 36 PTS.), Josh Bailey (8 G, 22 A, 30 PTS.), and Anders Lee (14 G, 13 A, 27 PTS.).
Chicago Blackhawks vs. New York Islanders Betting Predictions
Chicago Blackhawks vs. New York Islanders Betting Picks
So which side should mobile betting fans take in this Chicago Blackhawks vs. New York Islanders matchup? All in all taking New York straight up this evening is looking like the best possible bet to make. Sign up today to make your online betting prediction!
Score Prediction: 3-1 New York.