New York Islanders vs. New York Rangers - 1/16/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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New York Rangers (22-19-4) at New York Islanders (28-13-4)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Nassau Coliseum)
The Line: New York Islanders -175 / New York Rangers +158 --- Over/Under: 6
The New York Rangers and New York Islanders meet Thursday in NHL action at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The New York Rangers look for a win after winning three of their last four games. The New York Rangers are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 20.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Artemi Panarin leads New York with 26 goals, Pavel Buchnevich has 18 assists and Jacob Trouba has 115 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 78.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Henrik Lundqvist has given up 75 goals on 803 shots faced and Alexandar Georgiev has allowed 60 goals on 673 shots. The New York Rangers have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 10 games.
The New York Islanders look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 19.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Mathew Barzal leads New York with 17 goals, Brock Nelson has 17 assists and Anthony Beauvillier has 82 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 80.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 66 goals on 814 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has allowed 46 goals on 570 shots. The New York Islanders have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last nine games.
The Rangers are 29-59 in their last 88 road games, 3-8 in their last 11 games playing on 2 days rest and 17-39 in their last 56 games following a win. The Islanders are 21-8 in their last 29 Thursday games, 2-5 in their last 7 home games and 2-6 in their last 8 games as a favorite. The over is 13-2-1 in Rangers last 16 overall. The over is 3-0-1 in Islanders last 4 overall. The Rangers are 1-7 in the last 8 meetings in New York and 4-13 in the last 17 meetings. The home team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The underdog is 11-5 in the last 16 meetings. The under is 11-4 in the last 15 meetings in New York.
The New York Rangers just dominated the Islanders a couple of days ago as an underdog and have now won three of the last four meetings overall. However, the Rangers have also stunk up the joint on the road dating back to last season and that defense is very unpredictable. The New York Islanders aren't the same team they were about a month ago, but they still usually win the games they're supposed to win and they remain the top team in hockey in terms of money earned this season. I'll lay the juice in this one and side with the Islanders in a home victory.