The regular NHL season moves onwards and we’re now getting to the stage of the campaign where a number of teams are facing ‘must-win’ games. One of those encounters is set for the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Wednesday as New York Islanders get ready to host the Montreal Canadiens.
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) March 1, 2020
Following the latest round of matches, the home side sits in fourth place in the Metropolitan Division while Montreal is one place further back in the Atlantic. The NHL Standings hint at two closely matched teams but do the sportsbooks agree as we head into Wednesday’s important clash?
The moneyline market is tight in places but we do have a clear favourite in New York. The Islanders are listed at 1.72 with PowerPlay for the win while the Canadiens can be picked up at 2.08 with 888Sport.
Potential backers of Montreal will find that form is mixed with three wins and three defeats from the last six. That run includes the most recent outing which resulted in a 4-3 overtime win against the Hurricanes on Sunday.
If we switch and take a look at the Islanders’ form over the same six-game period, we find two wins from four but the most worrying stat for New York fans shows three straight defeats that could threaten the side’s progression. The form is with the Canadian side but can the outsiders convert at a value price?
Likely Prop Bets
The sportsbooks have been a little slow in reacting to Sunday night’s results but there is a decent choice of prop bets moving into this match. As an alternative to the straight moneyline bet, punters could take either team to win in regular time without the need for overtime to kick in.
In this market, PowerPlay has the Islanders to win at 2.15 while Montreal is out at 2.80 with the same sportsbook. The draw is also available as an option and PowerPlay has this listed at odds of 4.00.
— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) February 29, 2020
Aside from that pick, we’re looking at a small range of prop bets but total goals are on offer. When the teams met most recently, back in December, six goals were scored as the Canadiens ran out winners by a 4-2 scoreline. Looking at the current form guide, we suspect that five to six goals are likely in Brooklyn so we’re not looking to go too high.
The only one of our recommended sportsbooks to have quoted so far is PowerPlay and they have set one fixed line at 5.5. Going over this line will attract odds of 2.00 while that figure drops to 1.75 if you’re looking to go under.
While we’re always optimistic about the chances of our local sides, we expect New York to respond to a run of defeats and get their campaign back on track here. Montreal may also suffer some effects from a lengthy battle on Sunday which needed overtime for it to be decided.
We were, however, hoping for better odds on the side with home rink advantage so, to claim some better value, we’ll take that 2.10 with PowerPlay on the win, excluding overtime.
Total Goals could be in the balance and PowerPlay has been shrewd in setting that line at 5.5. We’ll go over this time and to complete a Parlay, the Canadiens to score first could just spark the Islanders and provoke a big response here.
- New York Islanders to win (No Overtime) at 2.10 with PowerPlay
- Over 5.5 Goals at 2.00 with PowerPlay
- Montreal Canadiens to score the first goal at 2.10 with PowerPlay