Rangers vs. Islanders - 4/7/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Islanders (44-26-9) at New York Rangers (45-26-9)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Rangers / New York Islanders --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: SUN, MSG+
The New York Islanders and New York Rangers meet Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.
The New York Islanders look for another win after winning five of their last six games. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 18.6 percent of their power play chances. John Tavares leads New York with 31 goals, Brock Nelson has 13 assists and Kyle Okposo has 199 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 85.1 percent of their power play chances. Thomas Greiss has allowed 87 goals on 1,151 shots faced and Jaroslav Halak has given up 80 goals on 984 shots. Greiss has allowed six goals in his last three games.
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The New York Rangers look for consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The New York Rangers are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 19.1 percent of their power plays. Derick Brassard leads New York with 27 goals, Mats Zuccarello has 35 assists and Derek Stepan has 190 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 78.4 percent of their power play chances. Henrik Lundqvist has allowed 153 goals on 1,928 shots faced and Antti Raanta has given up 41 goals on 491 shots. Lundqvist has allowed seven goals in his last three games.
The Islanders are 2-6 in their last 8 road games and 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference. The Rangers are 17-6 in their last 23 games playing on 1 days rest and 3-7 in their last 10 Thursday games. The Islanders are 6-1 in the last 7 meetings in New York and 6-2 in the last 8 meetings overall.
The Rangers need this win to keep the Islanders off their back, and they could also use a win to get out of this hit/miss funk they've been in lately. I like the home team in this toss-up contest.