The Canucks and Islanders are set to face off at 7:30 ET on ESPN+. The Islanders will host the game at UBS Arena in Elmont, NY. The over/under goal line for this matchup is currently at 6 goals, and the Islanders are favored to win at home against the Canucks.


The Pick: New York Islanders -1.5

This game will be played at UBS Arena at 7:30 ET on Tuesday, January 9th.


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

Taking a Look at the Canucks Chances in Elmont

Currently, the Canucks are 2nd in the Western Conference with a record of 26-11-3. In their division, they are 1st with a record of 9-4. On the road, Vancouver has gone 12-7-2 this season.

Over their last 10 games, the Canucks have gone 6-4, and they have won two straight games. As the underdog, Vancouver has gone 10-4-3 this season.

So far, the Canucks have gone 28-12 against the puck line this season, including going 14-9 as the favorite. They have 20 wins by multiple goals and have gone 7-3 against the puck line in their last ten games.

On the road, Vancouver has gone 14-7 against the puck line and their average scoring margin is +.8 goals per game away from home. Their puck line record in their last ten road games is also 7-3.

On average, Vancouver's games have finished with 6.5 goals per game. The season's average over/under line stands at 6.5. In total, the Canucks come in with an over/under record of 24-14-2.

When looking at their past three road matchups, Vancouver has an puck line record of 2-1 while averaging 4 per game. The team went 2-1 overall in these games.

On the offensive side, the Canucks are scoring an 3.9 goals per game this season, ranking 1st in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 27th in the league. The Vancouver offense is ranked 10th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they find themselves at 16th in the NHL.

Vancouver's leading goal scorer is Brock Boeser. So far this season, he has 25 goals, placing him 6th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 19 assists so far.

New York defense takes on the Canucks ranked 3rd in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 35 shots per game against New York. They also are 4th in shutouts, with 4 shutouts.

Heading into this matchup vs. New York, goalie Casey DeSmith has started 11 games in this season. His current record is 6-3, and his save percentage stands at 0.456%.

Will the Islanders Win at Home?

At home this season, the Islanders have gone 10-4-6 and have been favored in 17 of their 20 home games. Over their last ten games, New York has gone 4-6 and is currently on a two-game winning streak when favored. In the Eastern Conference, the Islanders are in 6th place and have gone 12-13 against conference opponents.

Overall, New York is 18-11-10 and has 46 points. Against teams from the Metropolitan Division, the Islanders have gone 7-8, and they have gone 8-7-7 when listed as the underdog. Over their last five games, New York has gone 2-3, and over their last three games, they are 1-2.

When favored, the Islanders have gone just 5-12 against the puck line this season. Overall, New York has 21 wins by multiple goals compared to 11 losses by multiple goals.

At home, the Islanders have a puck line record of 8-12 this season, including going 6-4 against the puck line in their last ten games at home. So far, New York's average scoring margin at home is at -0.2 goals per game.

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 23-14-2.

Vancouver has played well in their previous three road games, going 2-1 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 4 goals per game while allowing 3. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 2-1.

Offensively, the Islanders come into the game at 3.1 goals per contest placing 20th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 22nd position in the league. The Islanders went 6-4 in games where they had more shots than their opponents. However, in games with fewer shots on goal, their record was 12-7.

New York's current leading scorer is Brock Nelson. This season, he has 17 goals, which puts him 26th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 16 assists so far.

In terms of defense, the Islanders head into the game ranked 3rd in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 35 shots per game against New York. So far, they are 4th in shutouts, achieving 4 shutouts.

Goalie Ilya Sorokin comes into the game having made 26 starts this season. So far, his record is 12-7 and he has a save percentage of 1.0%.