Islanders vs. Rangers - 1/14/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Rangers (23-14-5) at New York Islanders (23-15-5)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: New York Islanders -115 / New York Rangers +104 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MSG, MSG+
The New York Rangers and New York Islanders meet Thursday night at the Barclays Center.
The New York Rangers could use a nice victory after losing six of their last 10 games. The New York Rangers are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 18.8 percent of their power plays. Mats Zuccarello leads New York with 16 goals, Derick Brassard has 16 assists and Rick Nash has 124 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 80.3 percent of their power play chances. Henrik Lundqvist has allowed 85 goals on 1,059 shots faced and Antti Raanta has given up 16 goals on 197 shots. Lundqvist has allowed seven goals in his last three games.
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The New York Islanders could use a victory after splitting their last 10 games. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 17.5 percent of their power plays. Brock Nelson leads New York with 17 goals, John Tavares has 15 assists and Frans Nielsen has 110 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 87 percent of their power play chances. Jaroslav Halak has allowed 48 goals on 599 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has given up 47 goals on 648 shots. Halak has allowed nine goals in his last three games.
The Rangers are 6-2 in their last 8 games playing on 2 days rest and 1-9 in their last 10 road games. The Islanders are 1-5 in their last 6 Thursday games and 8-3 in their last 11 home games. The Rangers are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in New York and the road team is 11-3 in the last 14 meetings.
The Rangers used to be one of the better road teams in the league, but that's no longer the case with losses in nine of their last 10. I have to side with the home team here.