The New York Rangers will be looking for their second straight victory over the New York Islanders when these teams square off on Sunday. The Rangers defeated the Islanders on Friday, 4-1.
Here you can find the best picks, news, and stats for this East Division battle at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The Islanders are the favorite at -125. This according to PointsBet Sportsbook, which puts the odds for the Rangers at +105 as the underdog.
The Islanders lost Ross Johnston on Friday, and he will be out for this contest. Michael Dal Colle will also be out for this contest.
Georgiev Sharp in Return
After sitting for 11 straight games, Alexandar Georgiev returned to the net for the Rangers (19-16-5) and stopped 31 of 32 shots in leading the team past the Islanders. Artemi Panarin had two assists to help lead the offense.
New York is eighth in goals per game at 3.25 and is fourth in shooting percentage at 11.0%. They are 17th on the power-play at 19.9%. The Rangers are led in scoring by Panarin, who has been on fire of late, recording 13 points in his last six games, including five multi-point contests. He leads New York with 30 assists and 42 points.
The Rangers are ninth in goals allowed per game at 2.68 and are fourth on the penalty kill at 84.4%. Igor Shesterkin has a 2.44 GAA and a .921 save percentage to go along with a 10-9-2 record.
Islanders Struggle in Loss to Ranger
Andy Greene had the lone goal for the Islanders (26-11-4) in their loss to their crosstown rivals. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Islanders. Semyon Varlamov stopped 32 of 35 shots.
New York is second in goals allowed per game at 2.32, and they are 11th in penalty killing it 81.0%. Varlamov is 16-8-3 with a 2.21 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage. He has allowed 10 total goals over his last five games, but seven have come in the last three contests.
The Islanders are averaging 2.88 goals per game, 15th overall, and they are 14th in shooting percentage at 9.8%. The team is 22nd on the power-play at 18.2%. Matthew Barzal leads the team in scoring with 35 points.
- 5-12 in their last 17 games as the road underdog.
- 6-23 in their last 29 games on a Sunday.
- 21-8 in their last 29 games.
- 23-8 in their last 31 games.
That was a big win for the Rangers, but the Islanders have not lost two consecutive games in nearly a month. Because of the solid defense and great goaltending, they are difficult to beat, especially in back-to-back contests against the same team. In fact, the Islanders have not lost consecutive games to the same team since losing to Pittsburgh on February 18 and 20.
Pick: Take Islanders at -125.
These teams combined for five goals in their last meeting and have not gone over 5.5 goals in any of their last four meetings. They have gone under in 13 of the last 18 meetings at the Nassau Coliseum. I like the under here as well, as I expect to see another solid goaltending effort.
Pick: Go over 5.5 at -115.