A huge pro hockey betting game on ice will be played Thursday at Madison Square Garden on Thursday. The New York Islanders are in need of wins, as they come into the week with a 43-26-9 record. The Islanders have 95 points, which is just 2 points behind the Rangers. The Islanders need just one more win to stave off any teams chasing them. For the New York Rangers, they are 44-26-9, which is third in the division, but just 3 points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Rangers are coming off a road win over Columbus.
How To Bet on the Islanders vs. Rangers NHL Odds, TV and Game Info
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Why Bet on the Rangers
The New York Rangers would like to ride momentum of playing good hockey into the postseason. New York feels with their offense and their goaltending, they can win it all. The Rangers top scorer has been Mats Zuccarello with 59 points on the season. The goaltending this season has been anchored by Henrik Lundqvist. New York is looking for their second straight 100 point season. Last year, the New York Rangers won 53 games, and finished with the most points in the NHL with 113.
Why Bet on the Islanders
The New York Islanders would love to get to Madison Square Garden and come away with a win over their rival, the New York Rangers. The Islanders rank 10th in offense, and 11th in defense this season. Offensively, the Islanders have seen center John Tavares lead the team with 30 goals and an additional 34 assists. The Islanders are also watching Kyle Okposo lead the team with 39 assists. The Islanders need 3 points to get to 100 for the second straight season. The Islanders penalty kill is the second best in the league, killing off 85.1%.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
The New York Rangers and New York Islanders is one of the best rivalries in all of the National Hockey League. This should be a great game, especially late in the season. The Rangers have better defense than the Islanders, but the Islanders offense has been known to score in bunches. This should be fun to watch, and quite possibly a future postseason matchup. The bet for this game is the home team; the New York Rangers -125 over the New York Islanders on Thursday night.
Our final score prediction: Rangers 4 and Islanders 3.