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Inspired Islanders Look to Once Again Slow Rangers' Roll

Just as soon as I write off the Rangers, they come back to reel off six straight wins and climb within two points of the Penguins for second place in the stacked Metropolitan Division. They’ll go for their seventh in a row tonight when they travel to Brooklyn to take on their crosstown rivals, who have been playing much more inspired hockey since the firing of Jack Capuano.

SHARK BITES
  • The Rangers hold the 124-108-19-9 edge in the all-time series against the Islanders.
  • The Islanders are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games at home.
  • The Rangers are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games against the Islanders.

During their streak, the Rangers have gotten a bit lucky as they’ve won all but two of their games by just one goal. This has been a common thread for the Blueshirts as six of their last eight wins have been settled by a one-goal margin. They opened as the -115 road favorites for this one so what I’m suggesting is that a puckline bet on the Rangers tonight could be ill-advised.

It’s easy to look back at the Isles’ last game and see they got blown out by the Maple Leafs in Toronto but if you look back at their last five losses, you’ll see that they’ve come back with a win in all but one of those instances. That one loss came in overtime against a Hurricanes team that had won three straight games going into the contest and New York had Jean-Francois Berube (2-2-2, .904 SV %) occupying the blue paint.

A bet for value tonight is a good play. The Islanders are 8-3-2 since Doug Weight took over behind the bench and he should be able to get his team up for a matchup they’ve had plenty of success in the past few seasons.

New York Rangers vs New York Islanders Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The New York Islanders sport a record of 25-20-10 heading into this matchup, while the New York Rangers sit at 37-18-1 on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 29-22-4 for the Islanders and 30-22-4 for the Rangers. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and New York vs New York injuries news.

The Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings have the New York Islanders at No. 9 and the New York Rangers at No. 8 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits New York's No. 7-ranked offense, averaging 2.95 goals per game, against a Rangers defense that ranks No. 10 at 2.62 goals allowed. The Islanders power play is averaging 16.25% while the Rangers defense kills off 82.12% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

New York won its last outing, a 3-2 result against the Blue Jackets on February 13. Bettors who backed the Rangers at +125 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

The Islanders were a 7-1 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Maple Leafs. That made winners of bettors who got Toronto at -139 on the moneyline, while the total score (8) was good news for OVER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • NY Rangers is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
  • NY Rangers is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • NY Rangers is 8-1 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
  • NY Rangers is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games on the road
  • NY Islanders is 10-4 ATS in its last 14 games
  • NY Islanders is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of NY Islanders's last 7 games
  • NY Islanders is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

New York home to Washington, Sunday, February 19th
New York at New Jersey, Saturday, February 18th

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