Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Islanders vs Rangers Odds
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(0-0-0) New York Islanders vs. New York Rangers (0-0-0)
Date: Thursday, October 13th
Time: 7:00 PM (EST)
Venue: Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Islanders +124/Rangers -130
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Rangers -1.5
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
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The2016 Islanders and Rangers kick off the 2016 season on Thursday with a Battle of New York in Madison Square Garden.
Both teams are hoping to build upon good years last year in which both made the playoffs.
These Metropolitan Division foes will hope to kick off the season the right way with a win in this one.
New York Islanders
The Islanders swept all four games with the Rangers last year and are hoping to continue the trend in 2016.
The Islanders made the postseason last year led an offense that ranked 11th in scoring with 2.77 goals per game.
They also ranked 14th in power play conversions, scoring on 18.8 percent of opportunities. The defense was solid as well, giving up 2.57 goals per game which ranked them 13th.
John Tavares led the offense last year with 33 goals and 70 points, and he probably do the same this year.
They brought in some talent to help him in Andrew Ladd (25 goals combined last year with Chicago and Winnipeg) and P.A. Parenteau (20 goals with Toronto last year).
They lost Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen, who combined for 42 goals last year, but Ladd and Parenteau should make up the difference.
New York Rangers
The Rangers had a good regular season last year before being knocked out of the playoffs by the eventual champion Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the playoffs.
The high powered offense scored 2.84 goals per game which ranked 7th in the league.
The defense will have to improve this year though. They ranked 16th in goals allowed last year with 2.62 goals allowed per game.
They struggled especially on penalty kill, allowing teams to convert 21.8 percent of opportunities which ranked 26th in the league.
The Rangers lost key contributors to their offense last year in Derrick Brassard and Eric Staal.
They hope that new addition Mika Zibnajed can make up some of the difference.
Zibanejad was effective last year for Ottawa, scoring 21 goals, but it will be a tall task to replace Brassard. However, the real key to this year for the Rangers will be improving on defense to try and help Henrik Lundqvist.
NHL Hockey Handicapping Trends
- Islanders are 1-5 in their last 6 ATS
- Rangers are 1-4 in their last 5 ATS
- Rangers are 1-5 SU in their last 6 against the Islanders
Free New York Islanders vs. New York Rangers NHL Hockey Prediction
The fact that the Rangers lost all four matchups to the Islanders last year will be on the forefront of their minds going into this one.
Both teams have good offenses, but the Rangers will definitely have the better man in goal on Thursday.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Rangers -1.5
This one could be a toss-up, and in that case I usually tend to go with the better goaltender.
Henrik Lundqvist was vocally unhappy last year about the lack of support he received from the Rangers defense, and they should be looking to change that this go around.
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