Planning on watching today's Islanders and Avalanche game? Catch the action at Ball Arena in Denver, CO, as the Avalanche hosts this showdown at 9:00 ET on ESPN+. The over/under for this non-conference contest is set at 6.5 goals, with the Avalanche being the favored team playing at home against the Islanders.

NEW YORK ISLANDERS VS COLORADO AVALANCHE BETTING PICK

The Pick: Colorado Avalanche -1.5

This game will be played at Ball Arena at 9:00 ET on Tuesday, January 2nd.

WHY BET THE COLORADO AVALANCHE:

  • With the Avalanche being favored by 1.5, our NHL analytics models has this one playing out 4-3 in favor of the Avalanche.
  • Take the Avalanche on the moneyline
  • On the spread, we like Islanders (+1.5)

Can New York Pull Off A Win at Ball Arena?

The Islanders come in with an overall record of 17-10-9. On the road, New York has a 7-6-3 record, whereas they are 10-4-6 at home. At the moment, they hold the 4th spot in the Eastern Metropolitan division and are ranked 6th in the Eastern conference.

In terms of the puck line, New York are 19-17. When playing on the road against the puck line, they are 11-5, while their overall home performance is 8-12. For the season, New York's games have finished with an average of 6.4 goals per game. Their average over/under line for the season is 6. Overall, the Islanders have an over/under record of 21-14-1.

New York has a 1-2 record in their last three road games. In this stretch, they averaged 2 goals per game while allowing 3. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 2-1.

The Islanders come into the game scoring an average of 3 goals per game, putting them 19th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 20th in the league. Looking at how the Islanders' offense is performing during power plays, they are 18th in power play goals and 4th in shorthanded goals.

New York's leading goal scorer is Brock Nelson. So far this season, he has 16 goals, placing him 25th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 14 assists so far.

In terms of defense, the Avalanche head into the game ranked 20th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 28.7 shots per game against Colorado. So far, they are 23rd in shutouts, achieving 1 shutouts.

Goalie Semyon Varlamov gets the start and has made 12 starts this season. His record at this point is 6-4, and his save percentage is 0.5693069306930693%.

Will the Colorado Defense Show Up at Home?

This season, the Avalanche have put together an overall record of 23-11-3. When playing on the road, Colorado has gone 8-7-3, while their home record stands at 15-4-0. At the moment, they hold the 1st spot in the Western Central division and are ranked 2nd in the Western conference.

Against the puck line, Colorado is 18-19. Their road puck line record so far is 5-13 while sitting 13-6 at home against the puckline. This season, Colorado's games are averaging 6.6 goals per game. Their average over/under line is 6.3. The Avalanche currently have an over/under record of 19-16-2.

Across the Avalanche last three home games, the team averaged 2 goals per game while allowing 3. Their record vs the puck line in these contests was 0-3, while going 1-2 straight-up.

The Avalanche come into the game scoring an average of 3.6 goals per game, putting them 2nd in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 4th in the league. So far this year, the Avalanche are 13-7 in games they have had more shots on goal than their opponent. They are 8-4 in games with fewer shots on goal.

Colorado's current leading scorer is Nathan MacKinnon. This season, he has 19 goals, which puts him 9th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 39 assists so far.

Colorado defense takes on the Islanders ranked 20th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 28.7 shots per game against Colorado. They alsso are 23rd in shutouts, with 1 shutouts.

Goalie Alexandar Georgiev gets the start and has made 30 starts this season. His record at this point is 19-8, and his save percentage is 0.9900990099009901%.