New York Islanders at New York Rangers - 3/17/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

New York Islanders at New York Rangers - 3/17/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers (38-17-5) vs New York Islanders (24-24-9)

Game Info: Thursday, March 17, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)

Betting Odds: New York Rangers -138 / New York Islanders +115 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The New York Rangers host the New YorkIslanders in Thursday NHL Action.

The New York Islanders Islanders come into this road contest with an overall record of 24-24-9. Through 57 games, the Islanders are 6th in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 155 times, good for a rank of 30th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, New York Islanders is the 4th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.72 goals per game. So far, the Islanders have a strength of schedule rating of 29th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 20th ranked team in the NHL.

The New York Rangers get set to host the New York Islanders with an overall record of 38-17-5. This mark places them 2nd in the Metropolitan division. Through 60 games, the Rangers have scored 184 goals, giving them an average of 3.0. This output gives them a rank of 16th among NHL teams. On defense, New York Rangers is the 3rd ranked unit, giving up 2.58 goals per contest. So far, the Rangers have played the 14th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account New York's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 9th in the NHL.

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Through 57 games, the New York Islanders' leading goal scorer is Brock Nelson. With his 12 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 36. On the season, he is turning 20.7% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Islanders have benefited from the strong play of Mathew Barzal, who is the team's overall leader in points. In New York's 57 games, he has come up with 12 goals on a shooting percentage of 10.3%. However, when on the ice, the Islanders are -4 in scoring differential. New York's top goalie is Ilya Sorokin, who is giving up an average of 2.33 goals per game. In his 39 games played, he has turned in 26 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Coming into this game, the New York Rangers Rangers leader in points is Artemi Panarin. In New York's 60 games, he has come up with 16 goals and 55 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 11.9%. The team's top overall goal scorer is Chris Kreider. Of his 39 goals, 51.0% have come during power play time. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +6.0. New York's top goalie is Igor Shesterkin, who is giving up an average of 2.07 goals per game. In his 39 games played, he has turned in 29 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Coming into this game, the Islanders have an over-under record of 26-29-1. However, when playing on the road, the over has fared better, going 16-11. On the season, 47.0% of New York's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 47.0% of the scoring coming from the Islanders. On the season, the Rangers have an over-under record of 23-36-1. When playing at home, the over is hitting less than half the time, going 11-17. On the season, 43.0% of New York Rangers' games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 47.0% of the scoring coming from the Rangers. Look for this matchup to fall below the line of 5.5 goals, as each team comes into this contest struggling on offense.

 

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