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The New York Islanders (3-1-0) are on the road to face the New Jersey Devils (2-1-1) at Prudential Center for a 7 p.m. ET puck drop Sunday. Below, we analyze the Islanders-Devils odds and lines, with picks and predictions.
Islanders at Devils: Odds, spread and lines
- Money line : Islanders -160 (bet $160 to win $100) | Devils +135 (bet $100 to win $135)
- Against the spread/ATS : Islanders -1.5 (+170) | Devils +1.5 (-200)
- Over/Under : 5.5 (O: +110 | U: -135)
Islanders at Devils: Projected starting goalies
Semyon Varlamov (3-0-0, 0.33 GAA, .988 SV%, 2 SO) at Scott Wedgewood (0-1-0, 4.00 GAA, .886 SV%)
Varlamov IS human as he actually allowed a goal last time out against the Devils in Thursday’s 4-1 home win. RW Nathan Bastian snuck one past Varly, snapping the goalie’s 142:10 shutout streak to start the season. Not too shabby. He’ll look to start a new streak on Sunday.
Wedgewood is expected to get the starting nod again, as G Aaron Dell is “in the process of joining the team,” according to bench boss Lindy Ruff. Dell is needed with G Mackenzie Blackwood on the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list. The Devs are likely to lean upon Wedgewood heavily until Mac’s return.
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Islanders at Devils: Odds, betting lines, predictions and picks
Islanders 5, Devils 1
Money line (ML)
The ISLANDERS ( -160) are reasonably priced on the road against a Devils team which is using what is essentially their third goaltender when they headed into the season. The Isles have the red-hot backstop in Varlamov, and the Devs have been dreadful on the penalty kill. New Jersey has taken 16 penalties in four games, allowing six power-play goals. That’s a recipe for a New York win.
Against the spread (ATS)
The ISLANDERS -1.5 ( +170) is a very, very attractive play. The Isles have covered the puck line in two of their three victories to date, including Friday’s 4-1 win on the Island in the front end of this home-and-home set.
OVER 5.5 ( +110) is worth a small-unit play at plus-money. Yes, Varlamov has been white-hot to start, but he is going to give up goals. You’ll need the Isles to do some heavy lifting, but they should be able to ding Wedgewood early and often.
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