Colorado Avalanche will host New York Islanders in Tuesday’s action of the NHL 2021-22. The hosts have entered a winning steak, and they look forward to continuing it. The away side has been inconsistent lately, but they hope to secure a good result here.
Colorado is among the most dominant teams in the NHL, and they want to continue in the same fashion. The home side is full of confidence, and they wish their successful run to last a little longer. On the other hand, the visitors cannot be content with their campaign. Nevertheless, they don’t want to give up, and New York will search for a positive outcome on Tuesday evening.
Colorado Avalanche – Can they remain being confident?
The Avs have played very well lately, as they go to this one after three straight wins. They remained confident on the top of the Central Division, being 12 points ahead of the Blues with a 39-10-4 record. They are also the best team in the Western Conference at the moment, while their offense is among the most dominant in the NHL. Colorado heads to this clash after a 3-2 road win against the Golden Knights, despite having only 21 shots. Darcy Kuemper had an excellent evening between the pipes, conceding just twice from the opponent’s 36 shots and having a .944 save percentage.
Nazem Kadri and Mikko Rantanen lead the Avs’ offense with 66 and 65 points, respectively. Kadri tops the assists charts with 44, while Gabriel Landeskog is the team’s top scorer with 28 goals and 54 points. Cale Makar has contributed with 56 points, while Nathan MacKinnon also managed to cross the 50-point mark (51). On the goal, Darcy Kuemper has been the first-choice goalie for Colorado with 37 appearances. He has a .920 save percentage, allowing 2.46 goals per contest.
Expected Line-Up: Darcy Kuemper, Samuel Girard, Cale Makar, Nazem Kadri, Andre Burakovsky, Mikko Rantanen
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New York Islanders – Are they capable of producing a surprise?
The Islanders are far from the playoffs zone, and they will unlikely enter the post-season. They are 6th in the Metropolitan Division with a 20-21-8 record and 17 points behind the Washington Capitals, but with six games in hand. New York has been running hot and cold lately, winning three times and also losing three matches on the previous six occasions. Nevertheless, they were better than the Ducks on the road last time out. Although their rivals had 34 shots on goal, Ilya Sorokin kept the clean sheet for a 4-0 victory.
Mathew Barzal has contributed the most to the Islanders’ offense with 37 points, including a team-high 25 assists. However, he’s listed as questionable for this match, which could be a great setback for the visitors. Brock Nelson tops the scorers’ charts with 19 points while producing a total of 28 points. Noah Dobson has 26, while four other skaters have chipped in with 20 points or more. On the other hand, Ilya Sorokin spent most of the time between the pipes, making 35 appearances and having a very good .923 save percentage. He has allowed just 2.37 goals per game on average.
Expected Line-Up: Ilya Sorokin, Noah Dobson, Adam Pelech, Zach Parise, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Brock Nelson
Expert Pick #1 – Colorado Avalanche -1.5 @-110
Although the visitors go to this game after a comfortable win, Colorado is a firm favorite in this one. I expect them to meet the expectations and celebrate for the fourth time in a row. I’m dipping into the puck line market for the max value for the first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Over 6 @+100
I anticipate an efficient game here despite their previous head-to-head matches being low-scoring ones. The Avs top the major offensive charts in the NHL, and they should drive this match over the margin. That’s going to be my second bet, and the plus money odds are pretty attractive.
Expert Pick #3 – Avalanche Over 3.5 @-130
Consequently, I expect the Avs to be clinical in front of the opposition’s net and produce at least four goals. They are one of the most efficient teams in the league and should be able to continue in the same fashion. That’s going to be my third pick.