Don’t miss out on the NHL showdown between the Rangers and Islanders. The game is starting at 3:00 ET on ABC, and it’s hosted by the Islanders at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. Get ready to place your bets! The Rangers come into this Metropolitan division matchup as the -1.5 goal favorite to pick up the win. Currently, the over/under for the game is at 5.5 goals.

NEW YORK RANGERS VS NEW YORK ISLANDERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: New York Islanders +1.5

This game will be played at MetLife Stadium at 3:00 ET on Sunday, February 18th.

WHY BET THE NEW YORK ISLANDERS:

  • The Rangers enter this game as 1.5-goal favorites and in our projections and we anticipate them winning by a score of 4-3.
  • Take the Rangers on the moneyline
  • On the puck line, we like Islanders (+1.5)

Will the Rangers Live Up to Expectations on the Road?

Heading into tonight’s game, the Rangers have won six straight games and have a record of 35-16-3 on the season. In the Eastern Conference, they are in third place and first in the Metropolitan Division. On the road, the Rangers are 16-9-3 this year.

Over their last ten games, New York has gone 7-3 and are 5-0 in their last five games. When favored, the Rangers have a record of 28-13-2, and they have won four straight games when favored. In the Eastern Conference, New York has gone 18-9 on the season.

When favored, the Rangers have a puck line record of 17-26 and have gone 27-27 on the puck line overall. So far, they have 21 wins by multiple goals and 14 by just one goal.

Over their last ten games, the Rangers have gone 7-3 vs. the puck line and 4-6 in their last ten road games. On the year, their average scoring margin is +.5 goals per game.

The average goal total for New York’s games is sitting at 6.1. The average over/under line for the season is 6.1. The Rangers come in with an over/under record of 28-23-3.

Although New York has a straight up record of 2-1 in their last three road games, they have not held up as well vs. the puck line going 1-2. The team averaged 4 goals per game in these games.

In terms of their offensive performance, the Rangers are averaging 3.3 goals per game this season, putting them in the 12th spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 14th in the league. So far this year, the Rangers are 24-11 in games they have had more shots on goal than their opponent. They are 11-4 in games with fewer shots on goal.

New York’s leading goal scorer is Artemi Panarin. So far this season, he has 31 goals, placing him 7th in the NHL. Panarin also comes into the game with 40 assists.

Defensively, the Islanders are currently 3rd in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 34.1 shots per game against New York. They also are 12th in shutouts, coming in with 4 shutouts.

Goalie Igor Shesterkin gets the start and has made 34 starts this season. His record at this point is 21-12, and his save percentage is 0.84%.

Can New York Pull Off a Home Win?

At home this season, the Islanders have gone 13-7-8 and are 5th in the Metropolitan Division and 10th in the Eastern Conference. Over their last ten games, New York has gone just 3-7 and are 22-19-13 overall. In games against the Eastern Conference, the Islanders are 15-15.

As the underdog, the Islanders have gone 10-9-8 this season and have been the underdog in 27 of their 54 games. Over their last five games, New York has gone 2-3 and are 1-2 in their last three games.

As the underdog, the Islanders have a puck line record of 19-8 this season, including going 3-2 vs. the puck line in their last five games. So far, they have 14 losses by more than one goal.

New York has an average scoring margin of -0.4 goals per game and an average scoring margin of -0.7 goals per game in their 27 games as the underdog. Overall, the Islanders have a puck line record of 25-28 and have gone 11-17 vs. the puck line at home.

Games involving New York have an average of 6.3 goals per game this season. Their average over/under line is 6. In terms of their over/under performance, the Islanders come in with a record of 29-21-3.

Across the Rangers last three road games, the team averaged 4 goals per game while allowing 2. Their record vs the puck line in these contests was 1-2, while going 2-1 straight-up.

The Islanders come into the game scoring an average of 2.9 goals per game, putting them 24th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 22nd in the league. Looking at how the Islanders’ offense is performing during power plays, they are 19th in power play goals and 7th in shorthanded goals.

New York’s current leading scorer is Brock Nelson. This season, he has 22 goals, which puts him 30th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 19 assists so far.

Defensively, the Islanders come into the season ranked 3rd in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 34.1 shots per game against New York. For the season, they are ranked 12th in shutouts, coming in with 4 shutouts.

Goalie Ilya Sorokin gets the start and has made 37 starts this season. His record at this point is 16-12, and his save percentage is 1.0%.