The New York Islanders, fueled by Mathew Barzal and Brock Nelson, are preparing to take the ice against Artemi Panarin, Ryan Strome, and the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden in a cross-town showdown. The action gets started at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, January 13, and it can be seen live on MSG Network.
New York Islanders vs. New York Rangers Odds
The Islanders (-135) are being tabbed as the favorites over the Rangers (+115), and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at an even 6 goals (-110 for the over, -110 for the under).
The Islanders are 27-16 straight up (SU) and have earned 8.5 units for moneyline bettors this season. 25 of their outings have gone under the total, while 16 have gone over and just two have pushed. The Isles are 13-8 SU as a road team in 2019-20.
The Islanders have converted on 18.9 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 18th in the league, and they’ve successfully killed off 80.0 percent of all penalties..
Boasting a .923 save percentage and 25.7 saves per game, Semyon Varlamov (16-12-4) has been the top option in goal for the Islanders this season. If the Islanders decide to rest him, however, head coach Barry Trotz might roll with Thomas Greiss (12-8 record, .919 save percentage, 2.59 goals against average).
the Broadway Blueshirts are 21-23 straight up (SU) and have earned 5.0 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 44 regular season matches, 22 of their games have gone over the total, while 21 have gone under and just one has pushed. The team is 12-10 SU at home this year.
The Rangers have converted on just 20.0 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 21st overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 79.1 percent of all penalties.
Henrik Lundqvist has stopped 29.1 shots per game as the primary selection in goal for the Rangers. Lundqvist has nine wins, 16 losses, and three OT losses to his name and has maintained a subpar .907 save percentage and 3.18 goals against average this season.
New York Islanders vs. New York Rangers Betting Predictions
Prediction: SU Winner – Rangers, O/U – Over
66.7 percent of the Rangers’ wins have come by two or more goals (the team is 14-14 overall in such games) while 44.4 percent of the Islanders’ wins have come by two goals or more (12-9 overall in such games).
The Islanders are 20-9 SU in games where they serve more penalty minutes than their opponent while the Rangers are 9-13 SU when they serve more minutes than the opposition.
The Islanders are 3-1 in games decided by a shootout this season while the Rangers are 0-2 in shootouts.
The Islanders could have an advantage if this one comes down to the wire. They’re an impressive 15-7 in one-goal games, while the Rangers are 7-9 in such games.
For both of these teams, the over has hit in four of their past five outings.
New York has averaged 9.0 giveaways over their last five home games, an improvement from their season average of 15.0 giveaways per game (ranked 32nd overall).
The Rangers are ranked 30th this season with 13.0 giveaways per game. That figure has improved recently, however, as they’ve averaged 11.6 giveaways over their last 10 games and 9.0 giveaways over their last five.
The Islanders have given out the most hits in the league (29.3 per game).