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#47 N.Y. Islanders Islanders 6 vs.
#48 Winnipeg Jets -130
Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 8:05pm EDT
Bell MTS Centre, Winnipeg
Written by Chris Kubala



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It’s an interconference matchup on the ice in the Peg. The New York Islanders are on the road as they travel to the province of Manitoba to face the Winnipeg Jets Thursday night. New York picked up a 3-2 overtime win at home over St. Louis in their last contest on Monday. Winnipeg was dumped 4-2 at home by Arizona in their previous contest Tuesday night. The Islanders prevailed in the opening matchup between the teams this season, claiming a 4-1 victory at home on October 6.

New York Islanders Seek Third Straight Win, Season Sweep of Jets

New York earned a second straight win as they charged back late in the contest to steal two points. The Islanders entered Wednesday fourth in the Metropolitan Division, two points behind third-place Washington and six points back of Carolina for the division lead. New York is tied for 24th in the league in goals for as they average 2.33 goals per contest this season. The Islanders are 12th in goals against by allowing 2.83 goals per game this year. New York is tied for ninth on the power play as they convert 27.3 percent of their chances with the man advantage. The Islanders are 22nd in the league in penalty killing as they have successfully handled 75 percent of their shorthanded situations this season.

Against St. Louis, New York was sluggish offensively until the later stages of the contest before rallying to force overtime and eventually prevail. The Islanders owned a 9-7 edge in shots after 20 minutes of play but trailed 1-0 on the scoreboard. In the second period, New York was outshot 10-4 but neither team lit the lamp, leaving it 1-0 in favor of the Blues after 40 minutes. The third period saw the Islanders own an 18-6 edge in shots and a 2-1 edge on the scoreboard to send the game to overtime tied at two. After falling behind 2-0, Brock Nelson got the Islanders on the board with his third of the year at 14:29 off an assist from Michael Dal Colle. Late in the period, Mathew Barzal scored his first of the year at 19:33 off an assist from Johnny Boychuk to tie the game at two. In the overtime, the Islanders had the lone shot by either side and converted it into the game-winning goal. Devon Toews scored his second of the year at 1:13 off assists from Nelson and Barzal to earn the win. Thomas Greiss made 21 saves in the win for New York, who owned a 32-23 edge in shots on goal in the contest.

Winnipeg Jets Look to Regroup After Back to Back Home Defeats

Winnipeg was dropped for the second straight home game as they were knocked off by Arizona, the team formerly known as the Winnipeg Jets. As a result, the Jets are looking to bounce back in this one and earn a split of their season series. Winnipeg is 17th in goals for in the early going as they average 3.13 goals per contest. The Jets are 25th in goals against as they are allowing 3.75 goals per game this season. Winnipeg is 21st on the power play as they convert 18.5 percent of their chances with the man advantage on the year. The Jets are 30th in penalty killing as they successfully navigate 60 percent of their shorthanded situations this season.

In their last game, the Jets saw Arizona earn their first win as the Coyotes in Winnipeg since the new Jets moved from Atlanta in 2011. Winnipeg now has to shake that off and try to get back in the win column. In the opening period, the Jets were outshot 13-10 and skated off with a 1-1 tie. Mark Scheifele opened the scoring with his fourth of the year, on the power play, at 7:35 of the period: Patrik Laine and Josh Morrissey drew the assists. Winnipeg gave up the tying goal later in the period. In the second period, the Jets were outshot 15-14 and outscored 3-0 to trail 4-1 after 40 minutes of play. The final period saw the Jets own a 16-7 edge in shots and a 1-0 edge on the scoreboard, yet they still fell short on the scoreboard. Kyle Connor scored his third of the year on the power play at 4:58 of the period off assists from Scheifele and Morrisey to make it 4-2. The Jets would get no closer in the game. Connor Hellebuyck made 31 saves in the loss for Winnipeg, who held a 40-35 edge in shots on goal.

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The Islanders rode late momentum to upend the Blues and pick up the victory in their last contest. New York now has to go on the road and deal with a Winnipeg team that they already have beaten this season. The Islanders continue to be stingy defensively but they are facing a Winnipeg team that is looking to get back on track after back to back defeats at home. The Jets are out to snap that two-game slide and they are eager to avenge a 4-1 loss to the Islanders in the first meeting. Wheeler, Scheifele and Connor help Winnipeg do just enough to get the victory in this contest.



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New York showed some grit and character by rallying from two goals down in the final six minutes to force overtime and stun the Blues on Monday night. This is a test for the Islanders though as they head on the road for just the second time in seven games: in their lone road tilt, they were beaten 5-2 by Carolina on October 11. Winnipeg has struggled in the last couple of games as they have been outscored 11-4 in their back to back home losses to Pittsburgh and Arizona. The Jets are 1-2-0 at home this season: can they get back on track here and earn a season split with the visiting Islanders?

The under is 56-16-4 in the Islanders' last 76 games as an underdog, 38-11-2 in their last 51 games as an underdog of +110 to +150 and 20-6-1 in their last 27 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game. Winnipeg has seen the under go 3-0-1 in their last 4 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game and 6-1-1 in their last eight games on one day of rest. New York has been tough defensively and with the Jets being up and down this season, this one ends up under the number.

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Written By Chris Kubala

Christopher Kubala has been crunching stats and following sports for over 30 years. His in-depth analysis and passion for sports have led him to writing books about sports, regularly being featured on sports talk radio and as the go-to person for any obscure trivia. Now he is writing for our team here at Winners @ Whiners. Chris keeps an eye on transactions and statistics like a hawk, especially when it comes to football, both the NFL and college. He is also very knowledgeable in the NHL, the NBA, college basketball and MLB. If you want consistency, then be sure and check out Chrisโ€™ content daily.