New York Rangers at New York Islanders - 4/20/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

New York Rangers at New York Islanders - 4/20/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

New York Islanders (28-13-4) vs New York Rangers (23-16-6)

Game Info: Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Nassau Coliseum)

Betting Odds: New York Islanders -143 / New York Rangers +120 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The New York Rangers and New York Islanders meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Nassau Coliseum.

The New York Rangers look to build on their four-game winning streak. The New York Rangers are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 20.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Chris Kreider leads New York with 19 goals, Adam Fox has 36 assists and Mika Zibanejad has 126 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 85.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Igor Shesterkin has given up 56 goals on 744 shots faced and Alexandar Georgiev has given up 37 goals on 379 shots.

The New York Islanders look for a win after splitting their last six games. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 17.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Brock Nelson leads New York with 15 goals, Mathew Barzal has 25 assists and Jordan Eberle has 105 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 82.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 64 goals on 822 shots faced and Ilya Sorokin has allowed 34 goals on 434 shots.

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The Rangers are 8-19 in their last 27 games as an underdog and 4-0 in their last 4 overall. The Islanders are 43-21 in their last 64 home games and 20-8 in their last 28 overall. The under is 18-7-2 in Rangers last 27 road games. The under is 7-0-1 in Islanders last 8 overall. The Rangers are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in New York and 8-17 in the last 25 meetings. The underdog is 19-7 in the last 26 meetings. The road team is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.

The New York Rangers continue to surprise folks with their play, and they're playing well enough lately to be given a look in the underdog role here. The Rangers have also won three of the five meetings against the Islanders this season. However, as I've said many times in the past, the Islanders are a team I blindly back a lot and it's going to take a really poor stretch for me to get off the bandwagon. At home, in a rivalry game, give me the Islanders and the reasonable juice.

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Randy’s Pick New York Islanders -143

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