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Expert handicapper Dan Canova gives us his NHL picks to make it a profitable Monday

PICK OF THE DAY: (2u) Islanders +1.5 @ -250

New York Islanders @ Arizona Coyotes, 4:00 PM:

  • Since the 2017-18 NHL season, the Arizona Coyotes have an 0-5 against the spread record against the New York Islanders. (Stat courtesy of Statschecker)__.

The reason we’re backing the Islanders

The New York Islanders will look to bounce back after successive losses to the Nashville Predators and Vegas Golden Knights.

In their last game on Saturday night against the Golden Knights, Vegas goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury had 19 saves and held the Islanders without a goal in a 1-0 win.

The Islanders are one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference and they should be able to rebound against the Coyotes in this matchup.

This is a must-win game for the Islanders. Take New York here.

(1u) Panthers -1.5 @ -125

Florida Panthers @ San Jose Sharks, 4:00 PM:

  • The Florida Panthers have a 24-18 against the spread record after a loss playing as an away team since the 2017-18 NHL season. (Stat courtesy of Statschecker)__.

The reason we’re backing the Panthers

The Florida Panthers are another team with consecutive losses heading into their matchup with the San Jose Sharks on Monday night.

In their last game against the Edmonton Oilers, Jonathan Huberdeau scored the lone goal for the Panthers in a 4-1 loss.

The Sharks enter this matchup having won four straight road games - but they haven’t won a home game since Jan. 27.

The Panthers were the NHL’s No. 1 offense when they were on a six-game winning streak before the All-Star break. Since then, the Panthers are 2-6-1 and over their last nine games, they only have 18 goals.

This is a game where the Panthers should get back on track. Roll with Florida minus the 1.5 puck line.

(1u) Capitals -1.5 @ -140

Washington Capitals @ Vegas Golden Knights, 6:00 PM:

  • Since the 2013-14 NHL season, the Washington Capitals have a 52-35 against the spread record after a loss playing as an away team. (Stat courtesy of Statschecker).

The reason we’re backing the Capitals

The Washington Capitals are coming off a tough loss to the Coyotes on Saturday night.

Coyotes goaltender Antti Raanta came away with 35 saves and held Alex Ovechkin at 698 goals for his career as Arizona pulled out a 3-1 victory. Carl Hagelin scored the lone goal for Washington in the loss.

Back on Nov. 9, the Capitals had a win over the Golden Knights in Washington. Evgeny Kuznetsov had one goal and one assist and Nicklas Backstrom added two goals for the Capitals in a dominating 5-2 win.

This game will be in Vegas but the Capitals on the road is the pick here.

Take Washington minus the 1.5 puck line in this matchup.

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