New York Islanders left wing Michael Dal Colle (28) and Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson (6) in the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
The Colorado Avalanche host the New York Islanders on Tuesday, March 1st
The Avs are listed as heavy home favorites in the Tuesday NHL odds
Read below for Islanders vs Avalanche odds, predictions, and best NHL pick
The NHL kicks off the month of March with a jam-packed slate of games on Tuesday, March 1st. One of the marquee matchups sees the Colorado Avalanche host the New York Islanders at Ball Arena. The puck drops at 9:00 PM EST. Colorado is listed as heavy home favorites over the Isles in the Islanders vs Avalanche Tuesday NHL odds. The Avalanche own the NHL’s best record and welcome a New York team that has struggled against elite competition.
Let’s take a look at the Islanders vs Avalanche odds and offer you our NHL best pick for Tuesday’s matchup.
Islanders vs Avalanche Odds
Game Time (ET)
Tuesday Mar. 1
New York Islanders
O 6 (-107)
U 6 (-114)
Odds as of Feb. 28th at Barstool Sportsbook.
Colorado online sports betting markets list the total for Islanders vs Avalanche at 6, while Colorado is available on the puck line at -113 odds. Jared Bednar’s team is currently the favorite in the 2022 Stanley Cup odds.
Avalanche Home Favorites in Tuesday NHL Odds
Colorado is listed as heavy -275 favorites to beat the Islanders at Ball Arena on Tuesday. This means they have a 73.3% implied probability of winning. The Avalanche currently have the best record in the NHL at 39-10-4, which is good for 82 points in the standings.
Colorado has been particularly impressive at Ball Arena, as they’ve gone 22-3-2 on home ice this season. Colorado’s last home game was a 6-3 victory over Winnipeg on Feb. 25. The Avs scored six straight goals to rally from a three-goal deficit and earn the victory.
Colorado’s offensive explosion against Winnipeg speaks to the firepower on the roster. The Avs are averaging four goals per game thanks to talented superstars such as Nathan Mackinnon, Cale Makar, Mikko Rantanen, and Nazem Kadri.
Defensively, the Avs still have room for improvement. The team is giving up 2.81 goals per game, which is only 12th-best in the league. Darcy Kuemper is Tuesday’s projected NHL starting goalie for Colorado. He owns a 26-6-2 record with a .920 save percentage and 2.46 GAA.
Do Isles Offer Road Underdog Value vs Avs?
Oddsmakers don’t like the Islanders; chances of beating the Avalanche in the Tuesday NHL odds. New York’s +225 moneyline price gives them just a 30.77% implied probability of beating the NHL-leading Avalanche. New York has gone 20-21-8 for 48 points this season.
The Isles have a decent 10-11-4 road record in 2021-22. Their game against the Avalanche marks the conclusion of a five-game road trip for Barry Trotz’ club. The Isles have gone 2-1-1 on the road trip so far, including shutting out Anaheim by a 4-0 score on Sunday, Feb. 27.
A shutout and a W. pic.twitter.com/SLLZpIULwD
— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) February 28, 2022
There are a few key injuries that impact New York’s betting value in the Tuesday NHL odds. Superstar Mathew Barzal (leg) and defenseman Zdeno Chara (upper body) both didn’t practice Monday and are questionable for Tuesday. Barzal leads the team in scoring with 37 points.
While not having Barzal would be a major blow, the Isles’ chances of upsetting Colorado lies with goaltending. Netminder Ilya Sorokin is having an excellent season, posting a 17-11-7 record with a .923 save percentage and 2.37 GAA. He’s Tuesday’s projected NHL starting goalie.
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Islanders vs Colorado Pick & Prediction
We don’t get to see the Islanders and Avalanche faceoff in the NHL odds very often. This will be the first meeting in over a year since Colorado won 3-1 on Feb. 19, 2020. What’s interesting is New York has actually taken three of the past four meetings dating back to 2017.
Islanders vs Avalanche Recent Results
COL 3 – NYI 1
NYI 1 – COL 0
NYI 4 – COL 3 OT
COL 1 – NYI 4
COL 6 – NYI 1
Although the Isles have won against Colorado as underdogs before, they’re facing arguably the Avs’ most talented team yet. When New York goes up against elite competition, it usually doesn’t end well. The Isles are just 2-14 as betting underdogs this season.
Not only do the Isles struggle against superior opponents, but they’ve also struggled to win games consistently. New York hasn’t won back-to-back games since a three-game winning streak from Jan. 17-21.
Here are some other betting trends to keep in mind when wagering on Islanders vs Avalanche:
Avalanche are 43-8 in their last 51 vs. a team with a losing record
Islanders are 2-10 in their last 12 games as a road underdog
Islanders are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Colorado
This has all the making of another convincing home win for Colorado, especially if Barzal is out. New York doesn’t have the offensive firepower to keep pace with Colorado, and a great goalie performance from Sorokin won’t be enough to pull the upset.
Take the Avalanche 60-minute line at Barstool Sportsbook in the Tuesday NHL odds.
Pick: Avalanche Three-Way Line (-167)