The Anaheim Ducks and New York Islanders meet Sunday in NHL action at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The Anaheim Ducks look for another win after losing 12 of their last 14 games. The Anaheim Ducks are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 14.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Jakob Silfverberg leads Anaheim with 12 goals, Ryan Getzlaf has 22 assists and Adam Henrique has 73 shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 81 percent of their opponents power plays. John Gibson has given up 103 goals on 1,299 shots faced and Ryan Miller has allowed 23 goals on 294 shots. The Anaheim Ducks have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 14 games.
The New York Islanders look for another victory to build on their four-game winning streak. The New York Islanders are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 16.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Anders Lee leads New York with 18 goals, Mathew Barzal has 31 assists and Josh Bailey has 75 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 79.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Robin Lehner has given up 50 goals on 697 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has allowed 58 goals on 723 shots. The New York Islanders have allowed a combined three goals in their last four games.
The Ducks are 2-6 in their last 8 road games, 1-7 in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference and 2-12 in their last 14 overall. The Islanders are 6-2 in their last 8 home games, 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Western Conference and 14-3 in their last 17 overall. The under is 6-2-1 in the last 9 meetings. The under is 19-6-1 in Islanders last 26 overall. The under is 11-3-2 in Ducks last 16 overall.
The Anaheim Ducks have won the last three meetings against the New York Islanders and have stopped the bleeding with back to back victories. Still, the Ducks are one of the colder teams in the league with just two wins in a little over a month and simply can’t score. The Ducks are also on the end of a back to back and will be playing their fifth straight road game, and that’s when we usually see tired legs and sluggish play. The New York Islanders have been on fire these last couple of weeks and have a defense that’s giving up nothing cheap. I have to ride the hot hand and back the Islanders, even if the price isn’t cheap.