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Islanders Turning Things Around in Time for Battle With the Rangers

Another edition of the battle for the Big Apple will pop off tonight when the Rangers and Islanders drop the puck in Brooklyn at the Barclays Center. The Rangers have been sliding off their pedestal a bit of late and the Isles are actually having a bit of a resurgence – this one will be closer than oddsmakers expect.

SHARK BITES
  • The Rangers are 6-2 in their last 8 games on the road.
  • The Islanders are 2-6 in their last 8 games against their division.
  • The Rangers are 0-4 in their last 4 games after a win.

These teams have met just once this season and as you can probably guess, the Rangers won. That matchup, however, was the very first game of the season and plenty has changed. The Isles are coming off their longest winning streak of the season and the Blueshirts have finally slowed down their goal-scoring clip.

With these things in mind, this game becomes tough to handicap. The Isles are one of the only home dogs on the board tonight and I tend to lean toward the value if it’s being offered on the home team.

A safe(ish) play this evening would be on the Islanders +1.5 puckline but you may want to explore a totals bet in this toss-up.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the New York Islanders as 104 underdogs earlier today. The over under opened at 5 at MyBookie for betting fans hoping to turn a profit on totals.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 3.5-1.6 win for the Islanders. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

New York Rangers vs New York Islanders Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The New York Islanders sport a record of 9-10-5 heading into this matchup, while the New York Rangers sit at 17-8-1 on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 10-10-4 for the Islanders and 15-9-2 for the Rangers. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and New York vs New York injuries news.

The Rangers - Islanders odds would favor the Rangers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. New York is rated No. 22 in the current Odds Shark poll, while New York is at No. 2.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits New York's No. 16-ranked offense, averaging 2.58 goals per game, against a Rangers defense that ranks No. 7 at 2.5 goals allowed. The Islanders power play is averaging 11.76% while the Rangers defense kills off 85.07% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

 

In their last action, New York was a 4-3 loser at home against the Red Wings. Bettors on Detroit at +136 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (7) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

Betting Trends
  • NY Rangers is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
  • NY Rangers is 15-7 SU in its last 22 games
  • NY Rangers is 15-8 ATS in its last 23 games on the road
  • NY Rangers is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games on the road
  • NY Islanders is 5-10 SU in its last 15 games
  • NY Islanders is 5-17 ATS in its last 22 games at home
  • NY Islanders is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games at home
  • NY Islanders is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing NY Rangers

Next Betting Matchups

New York at Winnipeg, Thursday, December 8th
New York home to St. Louis, Thursday, December 8th

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