Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Islanders vs Rangers NHL Odds
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(28-15-5) New York Islanders vs. New York Rangers (23-20-4)
Date: Tuesday, January 21st
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: Madison Square Garden, New York NY
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Islanders -117 | Rangers +104
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Islanders -1.5
NHL Betting Total: 6
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It’s an in-state battle and the last game for both the Islanders and the Rangers before heading to the all-star break. The islanders and their superb defense are a favorite at the Garden in this one, but far from a sure bet.
The Islanders are listed at -117 for Tuesday’s tilt. A risk undoubtedly considering NYI has lost 5 of their last 6 while getting bare minimum offensive production.
The Rangers meanwhile are on a nice little run by their recent standards with victories in 4 of the last 6. That includes back-to-back wins over these Islanders on January 13th and 16th. Why are the Rangers ‘dogs here again?
New York Islanders
The only win the Islanders have in their last six games is an 8-2 thumping of Detroit – who everybody beats. NYI comes into Tuesday’s matchup on a 3- game losing streak that was all kick started by a defeat to these Rangers.
In the two losses to the Rangers, the Islanders were outscored by a total of 9-4 while favored at -121 and -152. It was the 3rd straight NYR win in the series dating back to last season, all while the Islanders were a favorite.
The biggest reason why the Islanders have struggled as of late has been their offense. Over the past 10 games, NYI has been held to 2 goals or less a whopping 7 times.
What’s scary about a wager against the Islanders on Monday is their defense. Even with such poor offensive performance, the Islanders are in 3rd in the Metropolitan a manageable 10 points back from Washington.
New York Rangers
Can the Rangers keep their resurgent offense going against the Islanders’ # 5 scoring defense, that is the question. NYR has three games scoring 5+ goals over their last 6.
NYR also has put up 9 goals on that Isles’ defense in the last week plus. Artemi Panarin had 5 points in the January 13th matchup both of those which came against the Islanders’ top goaltender Semyon Varlamov.
Varlamov is just 1-6 in his last 7 and has allowed 14 goals his last three starts. Of course two of those three starts were vs. the Rangers where Varlamov let 11 goals slip through on 64 shots.
The Rangers are likely to go with Alexandar Georgiev as he has posted back-to-back wins over the Islanders while allowing 4 total goals on a whopping 74 shots.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Islanders are 2-7 last 9 as a favorite
- Islanders are 1-5 last 6 overall
- Rangers are 5-1 last 6 home games
- Islanders are 1-4 last 5 head to head meetings
Free New York Islanders vs. New York Rangers NHL Prediction:
The fact that the Islanders are favored in Tuesday’s matchup, even at just -117, has trap game written all over it. The Islanders have been slumping, the Rangers have been surging, and NYR just won two head-to-head games over NYI in the last 8 days.
What should happen on Tuesday is a high scoring affair. Varlamov has been absolutely leaking in net. This ‘reverse trap’ of getting people to bet on the Rangers means the Islanders will put up some scores of their own.
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