New York Rangers at New York Islanders - 4/21/22 NHL Picks and Prediction
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New York Islanders (35-31-10) vs New York Rangers (50-21-6)
Game Info: Thursday, April 21, 2022 at 7:30 pm (UBS Arena)
Betting Odds: New York Islanders +105 / New York Rangers -133 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The New York Islanders host the New York Rangers in NHL Action
The New York Rangers Rangers come into this road contest with an overall record of 50-21-6. Through 77 games, the Rangers are 1st in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 238 times, good for a rank of 15th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, New York Rangers is the 2nd ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.44 goals per game.
So far, the Rangers have a strength of schedule rating of 24th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 8th-ranked team in the NHL. The New York Islanders get set to host the Rangers with an overall record of 35-31-10. This mark places them 5th in the Metropolitan division. Through 76 games, the Islanders have scored 210 goals, giving them an average of 2.74. This output gives them a rank of 25th among NHL teams. On defense, New York is the 6th ranked unit, giving up 2.72 goals per contest. So far, the Islanders have played the 27th 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 19th in the NHL.
Coming into this game, the New York Rangers Rangers leader in points is Artemi Panarin. In his team's 77 games, he has come up with 22 goals and 70 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 12.6%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +18.0. The team's top overall goal scorer is Chris Kreider. Of his 50 goals, 50.0% have come during power play time. New York's top goalie is Igor Shesterkin, who is giving up an average of 2.01 goals per game. In his 51 games played, he has turned in 37 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.
Through 67 games, the New York Islanders Islanders's goal and overall scoring leader is Brock Nelson, with 56 points. He has reached his mark of 34 goals, on a shooting percentage of 21.7%. So far, 26.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Mathew Barzal, who has 38 assists to go along with his 14 goals. However, when on the ice, the Islanders are -13 in scoring differential. New York's top goalie is Ilya Sorokin, who is giving up an average of 2.32 goals per game. In his 49 games played, he has turned in 36 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.
Coming into this game, the Rangers have an over-under record of 29-46-2. When playing on the road, the over is hitting less than half the time, going 14-24-1. On the season, 43.0% of New York's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 48.0% of the scoring coming from the Rangers. Coming into this game, the Islanders have an over-under record of 35-39-1. When playing at home, the over is hitting less than half the time, going 14-21-1. On the season, 49.0% of New York's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 48.0% of the scoring coming from the Islanders. Given that both the Rangers and Islanders have had their struggles on offense and are each facing two of the best goalies in the NHL, look for this game to fall below the line of 5.5 goals.
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