New York Islanders vs. New York Rangers - 2/25/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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New York Rangers (33-24-4) at New York Islanders (35-20-6)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Nassau Coliseum)
The Line: New York Islanders -133 / New York Rangers +120 --- Over/Under: 6
The New York Rangers and New York Islanders meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The New York Rangers look to stay hot after winning seven of their last eight games. The New York Rangers are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 23.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Artemi Panarin leads New York with 31 goals, Pavel Buchnevich has 23 assists and Jacob Trouba has 150 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 79.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Henrik Lundqvist has given up 79 goals on 852 shots faced and Alexandar Georgiev has allowed 76 goals on 861 shots. The New York Rangers have allowed three or less goals in 10 straight games.
The New York Islanders need a win after splitting their last 10 games. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 17.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Brock Nelson leads New York with 22 goals, Mathew Barzal has 34 assists and Anthony Beauvillier has 118 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 80.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 92 goals on 1,143 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has allowed 64 goals on 766 shots. The New York Islanders have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 12 games.
The Rangers are 2-7 in the last 9 meetings in New York and 5-14 in the last 19 meetings. The road team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The underdog is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in New York.
I said about two weeks ago that the New York Rangers are a team to watch down the stretch, as they're playing much more balanced hockey and those defensive issues were getting cleaned up. Well, the Rangers have won seven of their last eight games and are the most profitable team in the sport right now. Not to mention the Rangers have won four of the last six meetings against the Islanders. Not sure how you can go wrong in this contest. Once again, give me the Rangers and plus money.