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New York favored by -186 against New York on Friday

New York Islanders

New York Rangers
9-19-7 December 20, 2013, 07:00 PM | Madison Square Garden 16-17-2

A key battle on the NHL odds menu sees visiting New York duelling New York on Friday at Madison Square Garden.

New York battles the Islanders, currently with a 9-19-7 mark. The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 14-14-7 for the Rangers and 18-16-1 for the Islanders.

View New York Islanders vs New York Rangers Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back visiting New York before puck drop in this match found them as 169-moneyline underdogs at 5Dimes. They saw an opening total of 5, ccording to BetOnline.

The Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings have the Rangers at No. 10 and the Islanders at No. 30 heading into this contest.

The Islanders were a 3-2 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Lightning. That made winners of bettors who got Tampa Bay at -103 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for UNDER bettors.

In their last action, New York was a 4-3 loser at home against the Penguins. Bettors on Pittsburgh at +108 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (7) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits New York's No. 29-ranked offense, averaging 2.26 goals per game, against a Islanders defense that ranks No. 30 at 3.46 goals allowed. The Rangers power play is averaging 18.1% while the Islanders defense kills off 72.22% of their penalties.

A few Islanders at Rangers trends to consider:
NY Islanders is 1-13 SU in its last 14 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of NY Islanders's last 11 games
NY Islanders is 1-11 SU in its last 12 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 8 of NY Islanders's last 10 games on the road
NY Rangers is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of NY Rangers's last 6 games
NY Rangers is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of NY Rangers's last 8 games at home

Next up:
New York home to Anaheim, Saturday, December 21st
New York home to Minnesota, Sunday, December 22nd