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Isles Have Had Rangers' Number in the Battle of the Big Apple

The battle for the Big Apple re-engages tonight with the Rangers looking for a rare consecutive win on their home ice against the crosstown rival Islanders. Not only have the Blueshirts been struggling to win at Madison Square Garden without Henrik Lundqvist, they’ve been absolutely atrocious against the Isles over the last two seasons.

  • The Rangers are 0-6 SU in their last 6 games at home.
  • The Islanders are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games against the Rangers.
  • The Rangers are 7-3 SU in the second half of their last 10 back-to-backs.

With the Isles losing four of their last five games, it’s safe to say that things have balanced out significantly for them since Doug Weight’s miraculous run when he first took over behind the Brooklyn bench. Their starting goalie, Thomas Greiss, has been a big part of this negative trend, posting a less than terrific .893 save percentage and a bloated 3.46 goals-against average in the month of March.

It’s not fair to place all the blame on Greiss with his team giving up over 31 shots per game this month but if he wants to help the Isles continue their dominance over the rival Rangers, he’ll have to step it up. His counterpart tonight, Antti Raanta, has a .920 save percentage this month but has been vulnerable in his nine home starts, allowing an average of 2.59 goals per game at MSG.

This one is as much of a toss-up as you can ask for but with the trends pointing toward the Isles and with the value landing on the side of the Brooklyn club, I think it would be foolish to fade them against a team that's on the second half of a doubleheader.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The New York Islanders were listed as 135 underdogs on the NHL hockey moneyline earlier at Bet365. The over under total was set at 5.5 before betting started earlier on Wednesday at Bovada.

Odds Shark score prediction models pick a 3.1-2.3 result in favor of the Rangers today. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

New York Islanders vs New York Rangers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The New York Rangers are 45-24-4 so far on the season. The New York Islanders, meanwhile, are 33-26-12. OVER/UNDER betting fans have seen New York go 36-31-6 and the Islanders go 37-29-5 on the totals. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and New York vs New York injuries news.

It's an NHL hockey betting matchup between the No. 25-rated New York Rangers and the No. 23-ranked New York Islanders, according to the latest NHL power poll here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the New York Rangers No. 5-ranked offense (3.19 goals per game) against a New York Islanders defense that ranks No. 26 at 3.07 goals per game allowed. The Rangers powerplay has clicked at a 18.87% rate while the Islanders have a 80.71% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last action, New York was a 3-2 loser at home against the Blue Jackets. Bettors on Columbus at -105 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

New York lost its last outing, a 3-2 result against the Devils on March 21. Bettors who backed the Devils at +135 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent PUSH bettors to the payout window.

Next Betting Matchups

New York at Pittsburgh, Friday, March 24th
New York at Los Angeles, Saturday, March 25th