Islanders vs Rangers 2020 NHL Odds, Preview & Pick.

Islanders vs Rangers 2020 NHL Odds, Preview & Pick

Written by on January 21, 2020

Bragging rights in New York City are on the line Tuesday night when the New York Islanders venture into Manhattan to visit the New York Rangers. The Isles are slight favorites on the Mybookie NHL odds.

How to Bet Islanders vs Rangers NHL Odds & Game Info

Islanders vs Rangers Season Series

The Rangers lead 2-0. They played last Thursday and they prevailed 3-2 at home. Chris Kreider scored a power-play goal with 25 seconds left. With the Islanders’ Derick Brassard off for cross-checking earlier in the final minute, Kreider was at the right side of the net and knocked in the rebound of Mika Zibanejad’s shot for the tiebreaking goal. Zibanejad and Tony DeAngelo also scored as the Rangers beat the Islanders for the fourth time in the last five meetings after losing 12 of the previous 13 matchups.

Alexandar Georgiev stopped 38 shots to improve to 4-1-0 against the Islanders. Josh Bailey and Anthony Beauvillier scored for the Islanders, and Semyon Varlamov finished with 25 saves.

Why Bet on NY Islanders?

The Isles were 2-1 shootout losers at the Hurricanes on Sunday in the second of a back-to-back for New York. Justin Williams won it in the eighth round of the shootout. Anders Lee scored in the second period and Mathew Barzal and Anthony Beauvillier connected in the shootout for New York. Carolina’s James Reimer made 26 saves, none bigger than denying Barzal on a breakaway with 2:51 left in the third period.

Lee pounced on a loose puck beside the net to notch his 15th goal and 28th point of the 2019-20 season. The 29-year old then missed his attempt in the deciding round of the shootout. Through 19:45 of ice time, Lee added eight shots on goal and one blocked shot.

Thomas Greiss stopped 31 out of 32 shots before allowing three goals on eight shootout attempts. Greiss was phenomenal prior to the shootout, answering the Hurricanes’ goaltender’s big saves with some of his own and keeping the Islanders in the game. The 33-year old was beat twice on the opening three shots of the shootout, before conceding the game-winner through the legs in the eighth round to forward Justin Williams. The German sports a 13-7-1 record so far in the 2019-20 season with a sparkling 2.45 goals-against average and .923 save percentage.

Winger Josh Bailey was unable to finish Sunday’s game against Carolina due to an illness. Bailey left the match after logging just 4:42 of ice time because he was feeling sick and he did not return. He had a three-game point streak going into the contest and 27 points over 47 matches.

Some Records

Johnny Boychuk celebrated his 36th birthday in the loss: Dennis Seidenberg was the last Islander defenseman to appear in a game after his 36th birthday. (28 games in 2017-18). Boychuk is the first Islander to appear in a game on his 36th (or later) birthday since Marty Reasoner played on his 36th in 2013…Nick Leddy appeared in his 700th NHL game (442 with the Isles).

The Isles are 3-5-2 in January (1-4-1 vs Division foes) with one game to play; this will be the Isles’ first losing month under Barry Trotz. The Isles have lost consecutive shootouts (Anaheim 12/21) after winning their first three SOs. Islanders are 82-65 all-time in shootouts as they still hold the NHL record for shootout wins (Pittsburgh has 80 and the Rangers have 77).

The Isles are 13-8-2 on the road this season, including 6-3-1 in the last 10 games.

Team Stats

Offense
  • Goals: 2.90
  • Shots: 29.48
  • PP/PK Percentage: 18.02

Defense

  • Goals: 2.71
  • Shots: 31.54
  • PP/PK Percentage: 20.00

Why Bet on NY Rangers?

The Rangers were 2-1 losers at home to Columbus on Sunday. Oliver Bjorkstrand scored twice, including with 26.5 seconds left to win it for Columbus. He tied it 6:08 into the third period, then put the winner past goalie Igor Shesterkin for his 14th goal of the season, finishing a 3-on-2 break with assists credited to Pierre-Luc Dubois and Seth Jones. Columbus rookie Matiss Kivlenieks made his first NHL start and stopped 31 shots. The loss snapped the Rangers’ Garden winning streak at five, and was just their second defeat in the last six games.

Columbus became the first team in a month to hold the Rangers under five goals on Garden ice: The Blueshirts had outscored opponents 27-12 over their five-game home streak. Prior to Sunday, the Rangers had been 16-0-2 this season when leading after 40 minutes.

Some Numbers

Brady Skjei scored his seventh goal of the season in a losing effort. Skjei ended up with a minus-1 rating, as he was on the ice for both of Oliver Bjorkstrand’s goals in the third period. He also finished with five shots on goal, a blocked shot, a minor penalty and four hits in his 18:25 of ice time across 26 shifts. He has seven goals and 21 points with 74 hits and 66 blocked shots across his 46 appearances.

Islanders vs Rangers is going to be a close one.

Shesterkin allowed just two goals on 31 shots in the loss. It was his first NHL loss, as he slips to 2-1-0 with a 2.68 goals-against average and .929 save percentage in his three appearances so far. Henrik Lundqvist seems to be the odd-man out at the present time in the Rangers’ three goalie system. Lundqvist has played only once in the Rangers last seven games.

Alexandar Georgiev will be in goal for Tuesday’s game. Georgiev faced the Islanders twice last week and he stopped 70 of 74 shots in a pair of victories. He has a 4-1-0 record versus the Isles in his career with a 1.40 goals-against average and .955 save percentage. On the season, Georgiev has a mark of 12-9-1 with a 3.06 GAA and .913 save percentage in 22 appearances.

Team Stats

Offense
  • Goals: 3.32
  • Shots: 29.96
  • PP/PK Percentage: 20.89

Defense

  • Goals: 3.30
  • Shots: 34.79
  • PP/PK Percentage: 20.23

Islanders vs Rangers NHL Betting Trends

  • Underdog is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings
  • Over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings at Rangers
  • Islanders are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games against an opponent in the East conference
  • The total has gone UNDER in 13 of NY Islanders’ last 17 games played in January
  • Rangers are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 13 of NY Rangers’ last 17 games

Expert Prediction for Islanders vs Rangers

NY Islanders 2 – NY Rangers 3

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