In a matchup between two teams that have a lot to prove, the New York Islanders are hosting the Nashville Predators in UBS Arena in Elmont, NY on December 9, 2021.
- New York Islanders vs Nashville Predators
- NHL – Regular season
- Date – 09/12/2021
- Starting time – 7.30 PM ET
- Venue: UBS Arena, Elmont, NY
New York Islanders Stats & Form
A new billion-dollar worth arena, 16 road games to open the season and 30 days without a win is the easiest way to describe the New York Islanders season so far. The UBS Arena was finally open so the Islanders made their home court debut less than three weeks ago but it seems like the playoff hopes were already gone at that point.
The Islanders are currently at the bottom of the Metropolitan Division and 14th in the Eastern Conference with a 6-10-5 record.
Barry Trotz’s team won their last game on Tuesday night, 5-3 against the Ottawa Senators which was the Islanders’ first win after November 6 and 11 consecutive losses. Anders Lee led the team with two goals and Oliver Wahlstrom, Kieffer Bellows and Jean-Gabriel Pageau also hit the net for the Islanders. The Islanders are 0-4-2 on their home ice. New York serves 11.4 penalty minutes per game, the most in the Eastern Conference. Scott Mayfield leads the team serving 38 total minutes.
Mathew Barzal leads the Islanders with 14 points, scoring five goals and adding nine assists. Oliver Wahlstrom has three goals and one assist over the last 10 games for the Islanders.
New York Islanders News
Casey Cizikas, Brock Nelson and Ryan Pulock are all injured and will not suit up for the Islanders on Thursday night.
Nashville Predators Stats & Form
One of the least predictable teams in the NHL is definitely the Nashville Predators. The team from Tennessee has been all up and down so far in the season and they are currently third in the Central Division and sixth in the Western Conference with a 14-10-1 record. After seven games jumping from the winning to the losing column and back, the Predators finally won two in a row as they defeated the Detroit Red Wings 5-2 on the road.
Ryan Johansen, Roman Josi, Nick Cousins, Eeli Tolvanen and Dante Fabbro scored for the Predators while David Rittich stopped 14 shots. Josi assisted on the Johansen and Cousins goals, giving him 12 points (4-8-12) in his last 11 games. The Predators are 6-5-1 in road games. Nashville is ninth in the Western Conference averaging 5.0 assists per game, led by Mikael Granlund with 0.8.
Nashville Predators News
There are no major issues with injuries for Nashville. Mattias Ekholm, Matthew Benning and Juuse Saros are dealing with minor setbacks and are probable for the game in New York.
New York Islanders vs Nashville Predators Head-to-Head Stats
The Nashville Predators have won the last six games against the Islanders including a 3-2 overtime win in October. Six of the least ten games between these two have gone over 5.5 goals.
New York Islanders vs Nashville Predators Betting Odds
The odds on this game are as close as they can get with the Islanders being slight favorites with odds to win at 138 while the Predators are at 157. The draw is set at 312.
The total goals margin is set at 5 with -127 to go over and -104 for under.
Despite the close odds, the Nashville Predators are a much better team having the full roster available for Thursday night. The Predators have won the last six against New York and that trend is expected to continue tonight. A Predators win at 157 odds can be an early Christmas gift.