Arizona Coyotes Vs. New York Islanders Odds, Picks, and Predictions (1/21/22)

The Arizona Coyotes will play at the New York Islanders on Friday, 1/21.  The Coyotes are 10-24-4 with 24 points, eighth place in the Central Division.  The Islanders are 13-13-6 with 32 points, eighth place in the Metropolitan Division.

Arizona Coyotes Vs. New York Islanders Betting Odds

Arizona is 1-6 in their last seven Friday games.  The Coyotes are 14-40 in their last 54 games as a road underdog.  Arizona is 4-12 in their last 16 games vs. Eastern Conference opponents.  The Islanders are 0-4 in their last four Friday games.  New York is 1-6 in their last seven games playing on two days’ rest.  The Islanders are 1-6 in their last seven game vs. Western Conference foes.

Arizona Coyotes Betting Odds

Arizona has played two games earlier in the week.  On Monday, 1/17 they beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-2.  Nick Schmaltz and Johan Larsson each had a goal and an assist in the victory.  Then the Coyotes beat the Devils in New Jersey, 4-1 on Wednesday, 1/19.  Lawson Crouse scored a goal and added an assist while Karel Vejmelka made 35 saves.

Clayton Keller leads the Coyotes in scoring with 30 points (14 goals and 16 assists).  Playing in his sixth season he has scored two power play goals and two game winning goals in 2021-22.  In his last five games he has four points: including two points in Monday night’s win vs. Montreal.  Two-time Stanley Cup winner, Phil Kessel is second on the club in scoring with 27 points (five goals and 22 assists).  He has scored 396 career goals, but he’s on pace for 11 goals this season, which would be his lowest total since he was a rookie with the Boston Bruins in 2006-07.  Left wing Lawson Crouse is leading the team in hits with 102.  Additionally, he has 20 points on the season (10 goals and 10 assists). 

Shayne Gostisbehere acquired from Philadelphia in the off season leads all Arizona defensemen in scoring with 24 points (seven goals and 17 assists).  He has six assists on the power play and is averaging 22:12 of ice time per game.  Playing in eighth season, Gostisbehere has 53 blocked shots and 21 takeaways in 2021-22.  IIya Lyubushkin has been solid on the blueline for the Coyotes.  He has 76 hits and 48 blocked shots this campaign.  Jacob Chychrun returned to lineup on Wednesday after missing the Coyotes previous 11 games with an upper body injury. 

Karel Vejmelka is 6-14-1 with a .910 save percentage with a 3.10 GAA in 2021.  He’s started 21 games for the Coyotes in 2021-22.  Scott Wedgewood is out of COVID-19 protocols and he’s 4-7-2 with a 3.36 GAA this season.

New York Islanders Betting Odds

The Islanders beat the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-3 in a shootout.  New York’s Oliver Wahlstrom scored in the ninth round of the shootout giving the Islanders their 13th win of the season.  Defenseman Robin Salo, who was a second-round pick in the 2017 draft, scored his first career goal in the victory.  Semyon Varlamov came up big throughout the evening making 31 saves and stopping nine shots in the shootout.

Matthew Barzal leads the Islanders in scoring with 23 points (seven goals and 16 assists) and is the team’s number one offensive option.  He’s scored seven goals on even strength and has seven assists on the power play (leading the Islanders) in 2021-22.  In 318 career games, the young center has 275 points (83 goals and 192 assists).  Oliver Wahlstrom has 16 points this year in 30 games: (eight goals and eight assists).  He has scored a team leading four power play goals in 2021-22.  The Islanders valuable fourth line of Casey Cizikas, Cal Clutterbuck and Matt Martin have combined for 13 points this season.  Cizikas has taken 200 face-offs on the year and has won 54.5% of them.  In his ninth season as an Islander, Cal Clutterbuck leads the club with 125 hits.  He’s also added 5 goals in 32 game this year.  Matt Martin has added 87 hits on the season and is averaging 11:05 of ice time in 2021-22.

Noah Dobson is leading New York’s defensive group with 14 points (five goals and nine assists).  Additionally, he’s second on the team in blocked shots with 61 and is averaging 20:49 of ice time per game.  Scott Mayfield is leading the team with 62 hits.  He’s also recorded 44 hits and is averaging 20:07 of ice time per game.    

The goalie combination of Ilya Sorkin and Semyon Varlamov have a combined .923 save percentage and a 2.45 GAA. 

Arizona Coyotes Vs. New York Islanders Picks & Prediction

Arizona is scoring 2.3 goals per game, which is 31st in the league.  Defensively they’re allowing 3.6 goals per game, ranked 29th overall.  New York is scoring 2.3 goals per game, ranking them 30th in the NHL.  On the defensive side, they’re allowing 2.7 goals per game which ranks sixth in the league.  In their last two games Arizona has scored nine goals and seem to be on a hot streak.  I’m going with the Coyotes with over 5.5 combined goals scored in the game.  It’s another blow to Islanders lost season.
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