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#59 San Jose Sharks 5.5 vs.
#60 N.Y. Islanders Islanders -230
Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 5:05pm EST
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San Jose Sharks vs. New York Islanders

NHL: Sunday, February 23, Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York, 5:00 PM ET

The San Jose Sharks continue their east-coast journey Sunday night when they take on the New York Islanders. The Sharks will play without rest after visiting the New York Rangers on Saturday. On the other side, the Islanders had one day to prepare for this game after beating the Red Wings at home on Friday.

The Sharks and Islanders will close down their regular-season series. Back in November, the Sharks outlasted the Islanders 2-1 in overtime as slight -105 home underdogs. San Jose has won 12 of its last 20 encounters with the Islanders, but the Sharks are only 1-4 in their previous five road contests against the Islanders.

The Sharks opened a four-game road trip with a tough loss in New Jersey

Before they visited the New York Rangers on Friday night, the Sharks suffered a 2-1 defeat at the New Jersey Devils this past Thursday. They won the first period and finished the game with 12 shots more than their opponents (37-25), but it wasn’t enough for the Sharks to avoid their second straight loss. Tim Heed scored his first goal of the season, while Martin Jones turned aside 23 shots with a .920 save percentage.

The Sharks were sitting at the sixth spot of the Pacific Division on Saturday, 14 points behind the third-place Vancouver Canucks. Also, they were 12 points behind the bottom wild card in the West, so the Sharks will probably have to miss the postseason for the first time since 2015. San Jose is the fifth-most inefficient team in the league with 2.57 goals scored per game and has the fifth-worst defense in the NHL with 3.25 goals allowed per contest.

Martin Jones has guarded the cage in two of the previous three games and should get another start Sunday against the Islanders. He’s 14-18-2 on the season and has a 3.11 GAA and a .894 save percentage. Aaron Dell has a 12-12-2 record with a 2.89 GAA and a .909 save percentage.

The Islanders beat the league-worst Red Wings to snap a four-game skid

The Islanders are coming off a convincing 4-1 home victory over the worst team in the league Detroit Red Wings on Friday. They put an end to a four-game losing streak mostly thanks to Jordan Eberle who scored a hat-trick, while Semyon Varlamov finished the game with 21 stops and a .955 save percentage. The Islanders took 40 shots towards the Red Wings; goalie and fully deserved a win.

New York is sitting at the fourth spot of the Metropolitan Division standings, three points behind the third-place Philadelphia Flyers. Still, the Islanders hold a top wild card, one point ahead of the Columbus Blue Jackets and two points ahead of the Carolina Hurricanes. They are 22nd in the league in goals scored per game (2.82) and sixth in goals against (2.68).

Semyon Varlamov has guarded the cage in the previous four games and is expected to get another starting nod Sunday against the Sharks. He’s 18-12-4 on the season and has a 2.51 GAA and a .918 save percentage. Thomas Greiss is 16-8-2 this term and has a 2.65 GAA and a .916 save percentage.

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The Islanders have been terrible during their four-game skid, scoring only two goals in that span while allowing 11 in a return. They netted four times against the hapless Red Wings, so I expect the Islanders to stay on the winning path. The stake is huge for the hosts who have to win games like this one if they want to make it to the Stanley Cup. The Islanders are well-known as a tough home team, and they’ve won 15 of the last 20 home contests against the Pacific Division. On the other side, the Sharks are one of the worst offensive teams in the league and will struggle against the Islanders’ stout defense.

Prediction: New York Islanders (-195)

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I expect the Islanders to shut down the Sharks. New York is one of the best defensive teams in the league, and the Islanders mostly lean of their D while struggling on the offensive end. On the other side, the Sharks have been terrible on both sides, so I don’t expect to see a bunch of goals when these two interconference foes take on each other. Their first meeting of the season produced only two goals in the regulation, and I’m looking for more of the same in this one. The under is 12-3 in San Jose’s last 15 outings on the road, and it is 5-0 in the Islanders’ previous five showings.

Prediction: Under 5.5 goals (-115)
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