New York Islanders at New York Rangers - 4/1/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

New York Islanders at New York Rangers - 4/1/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers (44-19-5) vs New York Islanders (29-27-9)

Game Info: Friday, April 1, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)

Betting Odds: New York Rangers -145 / New York Islanders +117 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The New York Rangers host the New York Islanders in NHL Action

The New York Islanders come into this road contest with an overall record of 29-27-9. Through 65 games, the Islanders are 6th in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 178 times, good for a rank of 26th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, New York Islanders is the 5th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.69 goals per game. So far, the Islanders have played the easiest schedule 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 44-19-5. This mark places them 2nd in the Metropolitan division. Through 68 games, the Rangers have scored 211 goals, giving them an average of 3.04. This output gives them a rank of 16th among NHL teams. On defense, New York Rangers is the 3rd ranked unit, giving up 2.59 goals per contest. So far, the Rangers have played the 15th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account the New York Rangers' scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 10th in the NHL.

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Through 56 games, the New York Islanders' goal and overall scoring leader is Brock Nelson, with 48 points. He has reached his mark of 32 goals, on a shooting percentage of 23.2%. So far, 28% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Mathew Barzal, who has 32 assists to go along with his 12 goals. However, when on the ice, the Islanders are -6 in scoring differential. New York's top goalie is Ilya Sorokin, who is giving up an average of 2.3 goals per game. In his 43 games played, he has turned in 31 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Coming into this game, the New York Rangers leader in points is Artemi Panarin. In the Rangers' 68 games, he has come up with 18 goals and 62 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 12.0%. The team's top overall goal scorer is Chris Kreider. Of his 46 goals, 52.0% have come during power play time. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +12.0. New York's top goalie is Igor Shesterkin, who is giving up an average of 2.11 goals per game. In his 44 games played, he has turned in 33 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

On the season, the New York Rangers have a per-game scoring differential of 0.49. Even when playing at home, the team is winning games by an averge margin of 0.11 goals. Heading into their game with the Islanders, the Rangers have a 4-1 record over their past five contests. In these games, they have scored 22 goals, accounting for 55% of the overall scoring. A key to this recent success is the fact that they have outscored their usual output of 3.04 goals per game 4 times. Look for the Rangers to take care of business, picking up the win over the Islanders.

 

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