New York Rangers vs. New York Islanders - 1/21/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Rangers vs. New York Islanders - 1/21/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

New York Islanders (28-15-5) at New York Rangers (23-20-4)

NHL Hockey: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: New York Rangers +109 / New York Islanders -120 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The New York Islanders and New York Rangers meet Tuesday in NHL action at Madison Square Garden.

The New York Islanders need a win after losing five of their last six games. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 18 percent of their power play opportunities. Brock Nelson leads New York with 19 goals, Mathew Barzal has 23 assists and Anthony Beauvillier has 94 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 80.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 74 goals on 871 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has allowed 49 goals on 638 shots. The New York Islanders have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 12 games.

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The New York Rangers look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The New York Rangers are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 21 percent of their power play opportunities. Artemi Panarin leads New York with 26 goals, Pavel Buchnevich has 18 assists and Jacob Trouba has 118 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 79.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Henrik Lundqvist has given up 75 goals on 803 shots faced and Alexandar Georgiev has allowed 62 goals on 713 shots. The New York Rangers have allowed three or less goals in six of their last seven games.

The Islanders are 2-5 in their last 7 games as a road favorite, 2-7 in their last 9 games as a favorite and 1-5 in their last 6 overall. The Rangers are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference, 10-2 in their last 12 vs. Metropolitan and 5-1 in their last 6 home games. The under is 44-20-2 in Islanders last 66 games playing on 1 days rest. The over is 7-1 in Rangers last 8 home games. The Islanders are 11-4 in the last 15 meetings in New York and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings. The underdog is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in New York.

The New York Rangers just beat the Islanders twice over the last week, winning by a combined score of 9-4, and they've won four of the last five meetings overall. The New York Islanders are still one of the more profitable teams in the sport, but they're also getting waxed on the defensive end and have cooled off big time in terms of victories. Given what we saw last week and the fact the Islanders are cooling off rather quickly, I'm not sure how you turn down the Rangers at home and the plus money. 

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Randy’s Pick New York Rangers +109

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