New York Islanders vs. Chicago Blackhawks 12/5/21 NHL Picks, Predictions, Odds »Sports Chat Place

Chicago Blackhawks (8-12-2) vs. New York Islanders (5-10-3)
December 5, 2021 at 19:30 EDT
The Line: New York Islanders -165 / Chicago Blackhawks +135; Over / Under: -5.5
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The Chicago Blackhawks and New York Islanders meet Sunday in NHL action at the UBS Arena. The Chicago Blackhawks are looking for a win after splitting their last eight games. The New York Islanders look to have a losing streak of 10 games.

The Chicago Blackhawks score an average of 2.1 goals per game and score on 16.2 percent of their powerplay options. Alex DeBrincat leads Chicago with 13 goals, Seth Jones has 16 assists and Patrick Kane has 76 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks allow 3.2 goals per game and kill 84.7 percent of their opponent’s power play. Marc-Andre Fleury has conceded 41 goals on 470 shots, and Kevin Lankinen has allowed 25 goals on 223 shots.

The New York Islanders score an average of 1.8 goals per game and score on 10.2 percent of their powerplay options. Brock Nelson leads New York with 9 goals, Kyle Palmieri has 6 assists and Mathew Barzal has 47 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders allow 2.9 goals per game and kill 83 percent of their opponent’s power play. Ilya Sorokin has conceded 32 goals on 450 shots, and Semyon Varlamov has allowed 16 goals on 134 shots.

The Blackhawks are 1-5 in their last 6 games, playing on 0 days rest and 7-3 in their last 10 overall. The Islanders are 21-8 in their last 29 Sunday games and 0-9 in their last 9 overall. The overflow is 4-1-1 in the Blackhawks’ last 6 road games. Below is 4-0 in the Islanders’ last 4 overall. The Blackhawks have been 8-3 in the last 11 meetings.

Both teams at the end of a back to back and it’s hard to find the confidence to back both sides in this space. That said, there’s no way I can put juice on with the Islanders, a team that has lost 10 games in a row. The New York Islanders are better than their record suggests, but they are falling free at a fast pace and they need to stop the bleeding before I can get behind them. It’s the Blackhawks and the plus money or the pass for me.

Randy Chambers’ free choice:

Chicago Blackhawks +135

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