- What: Winnipeg Jets vs. New York Islanders
- Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2023
- Location: UBS Arena in Elmont, New York
- Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
- How to Watch: SN, MSGSN, ESPN+
The first of two meetings during Week 19 of the 2023 NHL season between the Winnipeg Jets and New York Islanders takes place tonight. In tonight’s game, the Islanders host the Jets at UBS Arena in Elmont, New York. The Islanders are a 17-10-4 home team on the season. The visiting Jets have a 15-13-1 record away from the Canada Life Centre during the 2023 NHL campaign.
Neither of these clubs made the postseason in 2022. However, both teams are in the mix as the 2023 season heads into the playoff stretch. The Jets are the No. 3 team in the Western Conference with a record of 35-21-1 (71 points). Meanwhile, the Islanders sport a 29-24-7 record (65 points), which puts them in seventh place in the East.
Before we look at the betting breakdown for tonight’s NHL matchup between the Winnipeg Jets and the NY Islanders, check out our guide to betting on the 2023 Stanley Cup and our tips for betting on the NHL.
Winnipeg Jets vs. New York Islanders picks for February 22, 2023
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Winnipeg Jets breakdown
The Winnipeg Jets are the No. 2 team in the Central Division. The Dallas Stars, who are on a four-game losing skid and 3-2-5 in their past 10 outings hold down the top spot in the division. However, Dallas is only one point ahead of the Jets heading into tonight’s matchup. Winnipeg brings a 5-5-0 record in their past 10 games into their matchup against the NY Islanders. The Jets ended a two-game road losing skid on Monday with a 4-1 win over the NY Rangers.
Kyle Connor leads the Jets in scoring with 65 points (26 goals, 39 assists). The team’s top goal scorer is Mark Scheifele with 34. Josh Morrisey leads the team in assists with 47.
The Jets have one of the best goalies in the NHL this year in Connor Hellebuyck, who is coming off a 50-save win over the Rangers. Hellebuyck has a 26-16-1 record, a 2.39 GAA and a .926 save percentage through 43 contests.
NY Islanders breakdown
The New York Islanders are sitting in the No. 4 spot in the Metropolitan Division. The Islanders trail the No. 3 Rangers by 10 points. The Isles are back at home after going 1-1 on the road against the Boston Bruins and the Pittsburgh Penguins. New York is 6-2-2 in their past 10 games.
The Islanders scoring leader is Brock Nelson with 57 points. Nelson’s 26 goals also lead the team. Matthew Barazl, who has the most assists on the club with 37, has the second most points for the Islanders with 51. Unfortunately for the Islanders, Barzal is going to be out for the foreseeable future. The 25-year-old center suffered a lower-body injury against the Bruins when Craig Smith hit him on what appeared to be a knee-on-knee hit. The Islanders are going to miss Barzal a great deal.
The Islanders have one of the best goalies in the league in Ilya Sorokin. Sorokin has quietly put together a 19-17-5 record with a goals against average of 2.43 and a save percentage of .924.
Best bet for Winnipeg Jets vs. New York Islanders
The loss of Matthew Barazal is a huge blow to the depth of the Islanders’ scoring. The team will feel his absence tonight and I think the Jets will ruin the Islanders’ homecoming game.
Pick: Winnipeg Jets to beat NY Islanders.
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