New York Islanders vs Anaheim Ducks NHL Picks & Predictions
- Mar 15, 2023, 4:09:41 AM
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The New York Islanders will travel to Anaheim to take on the Ducks in a game that will have playoff implications. The Islanders are currently in the third place in the Metropolitan Division with a record of 34-26-8, while the Ducks are sitting in last place in the Pacific Division with a record of 22-35-10.
New York Islanders
Offense: The Islanders are led by Brock Nelson, who has 28 goals and 35 assists this season. Mathew Barzal has been a key contributor with 37 assists, while Kyle Palmieri has chipped in 17 goals. The Islanders are averaging 2.88 goals per game, which ranks them 19th in the NHL.
Defense: The Islanders have been solid defensively, allowing just 2.68 goals per game, which ranks them 6th in the NHL. They have been led by goaltender Ilya Sorokin, who has a record of 23-18-6 with a 2.35 goals against average and a .926 save percentage.
Offense: The Ducks have struggled offensively this season, averaging just 2.52 goals per game, which ranks them 28th in the NHL. Trevor Zegras leads the team with 21 goals and 35 assists, while Adam Henrique has chipped in 16 goals.
Defense: The Ducks have struggled defensively as well, allowing 4.00 goals per game, which ranks them last in the NHL. John Gibson has had a down year, with a record of 14-24-8 with a 3.85 goals against average and a .903 save percentage.
The Islanders are 2-3 in their last five games, while the Ducks are 2-2-1 in their last five games. The Islanders are 8-3 in their last 11 games against the Ducks.
The Islanders will be without Cal Clutterbuck and Mathew Barzal, while Otto Koivula is also out. The Ducks do not have any injured players.
Players to Watch:
Brock Nelson is always a player to watch for the Islanders, as he leads the team in goals and points. For the Ducks, Trevor Zegras has been a bright spot in an otherwise disappointing season.
The Islanders are the better team and should be able to pick up the win in this game. Look for them to take advantage of the Ducks' struggles on defense and come away with a comfortable win.
Pick: New York Islanders