New York Islanders vs Arizona Coyotes Prediction, Preview and Odds - 10/23/2021

by Amedeus Mastrangelo

Game Time: 9:00 pm ET, Saturday, October 23, 2021
Venue:  Gila River Arena, Glendale, AZ
Where to Watch:  ESPN+


Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Moneyline:  Islanders -195, Coyotes +160; Over/Under:  NL goals
Bet365:  Moneyline:  Islanders -180, Coyotes +160; Over/Under:  5.5 goals
BetMGM:  Moneyline:  Islanders -185, Coyotes +150; Over/Under:  5.5 goals

Season Record

New York Islanders:  1-2-1 (8th place, Metropolitan Division)
Arizona Coyotes:  0-3-1 (7th place, Central Division)
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New York Islanders vs Arizona Coyotes Preview and Analysis

Recent Form
New York Islanders:  lost on the road on Oct. 21 against the Columbus Blue Jackets in overtime 3-2.
Arizona Coyotes:  lost at home on Oct. 21 against the Edmonton Oilers 5-1.

New York Islanders Analysis

The Islanders are coming into this game with 3 points and a 1-2-1 record to start off their season while they are 1-2-1 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. The Islanders have gotten off to a rough start this regular season only managing to get the 1 win in 4 games and it will only get tougher for them as this is just the 5th game of a 13 game road trip to start their season as they await their new arena to be built. They came close in their last game losing to the Blue Jackets 3-2 in OT. They tied the game up late in the third period after going down 2-1 in the second period but they did not have enough in them to finish the game. Mathew Barzal and Scott Mayfield both scored 1 goal each in that game while Noah Dobson and Matt Martin each had 1 assist. Barzal led the team in shots on goal in that game with 9 himself while Anders Lee had 6 shots on goal himself, no one else really came near that many shots on net in that game. Ilya Sorokin was the starting goaltender in that game with Semyon Varlamov still injured and Sorokin allowed 3 goals on 32 shots with 29 saves and a .906 sv percentage. Their offense has scored 10 goals in their first 4 games averaging over 2 goals scored per game in that span and they have allowed their opponents to score 15 goals against them in that same span allowing a little under 4 goals per game.

Arizona Coyotes Analysis

The Coyotes are coming into this game with 1 point and a 0-3-1 record overall to start their season off while they are 0-2-0 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. The Coyotes have had an awful start to their season losing 4 games straight with their only point coming in a shootout loss to the Buffalo Sabres. Their other 3 losses were all by 3 or more goals. They lost their last game to the Edmonton Oilers 5-1 in a game that they were dominated in from the first period, trailing the entire game. Dysin Mayo scored the only goal for them in that game while Ryan Dzingel and Andrew Ladd both had 1 assist in that one. Dmitrij Jaskin led the team in shots on goal in that game with 4. Karel Vejmelka was the starting goalie in that game and he allowed 5 goals on 31 shots with 26 saves and a .839 sv percentage. Their offense has scored 8 goals in their first 4 games averaging 2 goals scored per game in that span and they have allowed their opponents to score 22 goals against them in that same span allowing a little under 6 goals per game.


Islanders vs Coyotes Prediction

The Coyotes are coming into this game as a big underdog with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook. Neither of these teams have gotten off to a good start this year but the Coyotes have been much worse. The Coyotes have not won a game yet and will likely be very hungry to get a win here. The Islanders have not been playing well on defense in their games as they are giving up a lot of goals without scoring a whole lot either. Nobody goes undefeated in a season in the NHL, and no one goes winless either, any team can win a hockey game on any given night just depending on the circumstances. The Coyotes will be at home here and still hungry for their first win. They may be bad but eventually they are going to get a win and they are getting an Islanders team here that is on a long road trip to start the season and not playing their best hockey in their recent games, especially their goalkeeper Sorokin who has been allowing a lot of goals this season. The best bet to place in this game is on the Coyotes to win here as there is a lot of value on them in this spot and at that big underdog price.
Islanders Coyotes Prediction:  Our NHL Pick for Saturday, October 23, 2021 (9:00 pm ET start time) is Coyotes 3 Islanders 2.
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NHL Betting Trends

New York Islanders: 92-77 (+4.7 units) in all games. 26-16 (+8.1 units) first half of the season. 58-45 (+5.3 units) after a division game.
Arizona Coyotes: 61-78 (-18.9 units) in all games. 23-27 (-8 units) in a home game where where the total is 5.5. 22-24 (-5.1 units) first half of the season.

Key Injuries

New York Islanders:  J. Pageau (C) Ques Sat - Illness. S. Varlamov (G) Out indefinitely - Undisclosed injury. J. Boychuk (D) Out indefinitely - Eye injury.
Arizona Coyotes:  K. Capobianco (D) Out indefinitely - Lower Body injury. A. Galchenyuk (C) Out indefinitely - Upper Body injury.

Players to Watch

New York Islanders: Mathew Barzal is one player to watch in this matchup. He is coming off of a game where he scored a goal and led his team in shots on net. He is one of their best players on the ice and will need to step up to help his team win some games. Look for him to play better and lead his team in these games with a better performance.
Arizona Coyotes: Shayne Gostisbehere is one player to watch in this contest. He leads his team in points and in assists this season. He was quiet in their last game but he will need to contribute in this one if his team is to get the win here. Look for him to have a good game and get involved in the offense with some good passing, setting his teammates up for some scoring chances.

Notable Quotes

“We haven’t had a complete effort for sure, but will give some props to our group in the third battling back. That can be really disheartening having a real strong second period like we did, then being on the wrong side of the score.” - Barry Trotz on the way his team has been playing in their first few games.
“I thought we had a really good first period. The short-handed goal was a big swing. Our power play was confident and our power play has been good this year. Instead of getting back in the game, you give them your lead.” - Andre Tourigny on his team’s performance in their loss to the Oilers.

Starting Lineups

New York Islanders
LW Lee, Anders
C Barzal, Mathew
RW Palmieri, Kyle
LD Pelech, Adam
RD Mayfield, Scott
G Sorokin, Ilya
Arizona Coyotes
LW Crouse, Lawson
C Schmaltz, Nick
RW Keller, Clayton
LD Chychrun, Jakob
RD Strålman, Anton
G Vejmelka, Karel

Statistical Leaders

New York Islanders
Points: O.Wahlstrom (3)
Goals: O.Wahlstrom (3)
Assists: K.Palmieri (2)
GAA: I.Sorokin (3.50)
Arizona Coyotes
Points: S.Gostisbehere (4)
Goals: C.Keller (2)
Assists: S.Gostisbehere (4)
GAA: K.Vejmelka (2.82)
New York Islanders: Barry Trotz (4th season)
Arizona Coyotes: Andre Tourigny (1st season)

Amedeus Mastrangelo

About the Author:

Amedeus Mastrangelo has been heavily wagering on all sports for years and plays just about everything, including sides, totals, favorites, underdogs, against the spread, alternative spreads, first half, second half, player props, and futures. The bottom line is, if Mastrangelo can see an edge in any way shape or form, then he's going to take advantage.

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