A couple of teams that’ve positioned themselves firmly in playoff contention, the New York Rangers and the New York Islanders collide at Nassau Coliseum. This Metropolitan Division matchup gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 25 and it is being shown live on MSG Network.
New York Rangers at New York Islanders Odds
The Rangers (+115) are playing the role of underdogs to the Islanders (-135) and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at an even 6 goals. If bettors want to put some action on the game’s total, they’ll be looking at odds of -105 for the over and -115 on the under.
Netting moneyline bettors 5.9 units, the Islanders are 35-26 straight up (SU) overall this year. That win percentage, ranked third in the Metropolitan Division so far this season, is right in line with what the team posted during last year’s regular season (48-34). Of their 61 regular season contests, 34 have gone under the total, while 24 have gone over and just three have pushed. The team’s 20-11 SU at home this season.
The Islanders have converted on just 17.5 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that places them in the bottom-10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated 17th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 80.4 percent of all penalties.
As a team, the Islanders have been penalized just 3.3 times per game overall this season, and 2.4 per game over their last five at home. The team has had to stave off opposition power plays for just 6.9 minutes per game over their last 10 outings, in total.
Averaging 26.3 saves per game with a .920 save percentage, Semyon Varlamov (20-20-4) has been the top option in goal for the Islanders this year. If the Isles choose to give him the night off, however, the team could turn to Thomas Greiss (16-12-12 record, .916 save percentage, 2.65 goals against average).
Mathew Barzal and Brock Nelson will each spearhead the attack for the Islanders. Barzal (52 points) has tallied 18 goals and 34 assists and has recorded two or more points in 13 different games this year. Nelson has 22 goals and 27 assists to his name and has recorded at least one point in 31 contests.
The Rangers have netted moneyline bettors 12.5 units this season and are currently 33-28 straight up (SU). A total of 31 of their games have gone under the total, while 28 have gone over and just two have pushed. As the road team, New York is 16-13 SU.
The Rangers have converted on 23.1 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that places them in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, their penalty kill unit is ranked 19th overall and they’ve successfully killed off 79.6 percent of all opponent power plays.
Rangers players have been whistled for penalties 4.3 times per game in total this season, and 3.3 per game over their last ten contests. The team’s had to kill penalties just 6.9 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Henrik Lundqvist (27.6 saves per game) has been the primary option in goal for the Rangers. Lundqvist owns an 11-17-3 record, and has registered a .907 save percentage and 3.12 goals against average this year.
For the visitors, the offense will be heavily coordinated by Artemi Panarin, who has 52 assists and 31 goals on the year.
New York Rangers at New York Islanders Betting Predictions
Free Pick: SU Winner – Islanders, O/U – Under
The Rangers are 1-2 in games decided by a shootout this season while the Islanders are 3-2 in shootouts.
Five of the Islanders’ last five outings has gone under the total.
Seven of the Rangers’ last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 6-1 in those games.
The Isles this season have recorded the third-most hits per game in the NHL (28.3).