New York Islanders Vs. New York Rangers Odds, Picks, and Predictions (4/1/22)

The New York Islanders defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 on the road this past Tuesday evening. Brock Nelson extended his goal scoring streak to four games in New York’s victory.  Seymon Varlamov made 42 saves, while Anders Lee and Matthew Barzal each had two assists for the visitors.  The Islanders are 29-27-9 with 67 points, sixth in the Metropolitan Division.  On the road Wednesday night, the New York Rangers beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-4 in overtime.  Andrew Copp scored the game winner at 1:34 of the extra session giving New York the victory.  Additionally, Chris Kreider scored his 46th goal of the season which was his 24th power play tally, tying Jaromir Jagr’s team record set in 2005-06 (per NHL.com).  New York has won four straight games.  New York is 44-19-5 with 93 points, second in the Metropolitan Division. 

New York Islanders Vs. New York Rangers Betting Odds

The Islanders are 6-24 in their last 30 games vs. a team with a winning record.  In their last eight contests vs. Metropolitan Division foes the Islanders are 6-2.  The Islanders are 5-1 in their last six meetings with the Rangers.  In the matchup between the local New York City clubs the underdog is 10-4 in their last 14 meetings.  The Rangers are 22-7 in their last 29 home games.  Over is 4-1 in the Rangers last five meetings vs. Eastern Conference foes.  Under is 4-0 in the last four meetings between the Rangers and Islanders.  The Rangers are +1800 to win the 2021-22 Stanley Cup, the last time they hoisted the Cup was 1994.

New York Islanders Odds

Brock Nelson leads New York in goals with 32 and points with 48.  Per NHL.com, he has scored 17 goals in 22 games since February 17.  He leads the club in game winning goals in 2021-22 with five.  Nelson is a +2 and has 12 points (nine goals and three assists) on the power play this season for New York.  Matthew Barzal is second on the Islanders in scoring with 44 points (12 goals and 32 assists).  He has 14 points on the power play and averaging 18:04 of ice time per game this year.  Anders Lee, the Islanders captain has scored 25 goals, eight on the power play and averaging 16:40 of ice time per game.  Josh Bailey, in his 14th season has 32 points (eight goals and 24 assists) while averaging 16:45 of ice time per game.  Anthony Beauvillier has scored 32 points on the season (11 goals and 21 assists).  He’s scored four power play goals and averaging 16:52 of ice time per game.  Zach Parise, in his first season as an Islander has 27 points in 65 games (11 goals and 16 assists).  He has scored three game winning goals and chipped in five assists on the power play in 2021-22. Oliver Wahlstrom who’s going to be a valuable member of the club in the future has tallied 12 goals this season while adding eight points on the power play this year.

Noah Dobson is leading New York’s defensive group in scoring with 38 points (10 goals and 28 assists) and is a +10.  Additionally, he leads the team with 123 blocked shots and averaging 21:04 of ice time per game.  Adam Pelech leads the Islanders in plus/minus at +16 this season.  He’s third on the team in blocked shots with 99 and leads the defensive unit in takeaways with 31.  In his seventh season, Pelech has 23 points on the campaign (three goals and 20 assists) and averaging 21:18 of ice time per game.  Zdeno Chara has played in 56 games on the year.  The NHL legend has 10 points on the campaign while dishing out 102 hits and blocking 77 shots. 

Ilya Sorkin has started 43 games for the Islanders this season.  The New York netminder is 22-14-7 with a .927 save percentage and a 2.30 GAA.  Sorokin has six shutouts this season, second in the league.  The goalie is battling an upper body injury he suffered against Tampa Bay and is questionable for the game against the Rangers.  Semyon Varlamov has started 22 games in net for the Islanders this season.  In 2021-22 he’s 7-13-2 with a .915 save percentage and a 2.83 GAA.

New York Rangers Odds

Artemi Panarin leads New York in points this season with 80 (18 goals and 62 assists).  In the victory over Detroit on Wednesday, he had a goal and two assists.  Panarin has scored eight points during his current five game scoring streak.  He has 33 points on the power play (five goals and 28 assists) and ranks second on the club with five game winning goals.  Chris Kreider is second in the NHL in goals with 46, he trails Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl and Toronto’s Auston Matthews who are tied for the league lead in goals with 49.  Kreider has 65 points in 68 games this season.  He has 411 career points in his NHL career (223 goals and 188 assists).  New York’s number 20 leads the NHL in power play goals with 24.  Mika Zibanejad leads the team in plus/minus at +24 and second on the team in scoring with 70 points (26 goals and 44 assists).  The center in his 11th season, has seven points in his last five games (one goal and six assists).  He has 13 power play goals (tied for fifth in the NHL) and 24 points overall on the power play.  Ryan Strome has 45 points in 62 games (15 goals and 30 assists).  He’s scored four game winning goals and has 12 points on the power play in 2021-22.  Strome has been out the last two games due to a lower body injury.  Barclay Goodrow in his first season as a Ranger has 25 points on the campaign.  The two-time Stanley Cup winner is a +12 while averaging 16:59 of ice time.  Alexis Lafreniere, the first pick in the 2020 draft has 15 goals this campaign.  Additionally, he has scored four game winning goals and averaging 13:59 of ice time per game.

Adam Fox is tied for third in points among defensemen in the NHL this season with 66; he’s second overall in assists by defensemen this season with 56.  The 23-year-old is a +8 and ranks third on the team in blocked shots with 117.  He’s averaging a team leading 24:04 of ice time per game.  Fox is +2500 to win his second consecutive Norris Trophy.  Jacob Trouba leads the team in blocked shots with 152 and second on the club in hits with 188.  He’s second in plus/minus on the club at +20 and averaging 22:33 of ice time per game for New York.  Trouba has 33 points on the season (10 goals and 23 assists).  Ryan Lindgren has played in 65 games and is second on the team in blocked shots with 125.  He’s a +14, while averaging 20:11 of ice time per game.  On the offensive end, the fourth-year defenseman has chipped in 12 points.  K’Andre Miller has delivered 115 hits and blocked 78 shots in 2021-22.  The second-year defenseman has 15 points while averaging 20:30 of ice time per game.

Igor Shesterkin has been one of the best players in the NHL this season.  The third-year goaltender is 32-9-3 with a .936 save percentage (first in the league) and a 2.11 GAA (second in the NHL) in 2021-22.  New York’s number 31 also has three shutouts this season.  Shesterkin is currently the favorite to win the Vezina Trophy at -400.  Alexander Georgiev has started 23 contest this year for New York.  He’s 11-9-2 with a .892 save percentage and a 3.11 GAA. 

New York Islanders Vs. New York Rangers Picks & Prediction

The Islanders are scoring 2.7 goals per game, ranking them 24th in the NHL and attempting 29.1 shots per game, 28th overall.   The four-time Stanley Cup champions, currently have nine players in their lineup with at least 11 goals this year.  On the defensive side, the Islanders are allowing 2.7 goals per game which is fifth in the NHL and yielding 32.4 shots a game, 22nd overall.  The Rangers are scoring three goals per game, 17th in the league and taking 28.9 shots per game, 30th overall.  The home team, Blueshirts have four players in their lineup that have scored over 60 points and five players with at least 15 goals in 2021-22.  Defensively the Rangers are allowing 2.6 goals per game, ranked third overall and 31.6 shots per game, 16th in the league.  The New York Rangers are playing quality hockey as they’ve won six of their last eight contests; that points me towards taking the Rangers in this game to win by at least 1.5 goals and get their 23rd home victory.

Scott is graduate of Hofstra University and has worked in the sports media for over 20 years as a Producer and Writer. His dream is to see the New York Jets one day hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy. He lives outside of Chicago with his wife and two children.

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