New York Rangers vs. New York Islanders - 7/29/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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New York Islanders vs. New York Rangers
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)
The Line: New York Islanders +105 / New York Rangers -115 -- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The New York Islanders and New York Rangers meet Wednesday in NHL exhibition action.
The New York Islanders entered the NHL break on a seven-game losing streak. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 17.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Brock Nelson leads New York with 26 goals, Mathew Barzal has 41 assists and Josh Bailey has 94 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 80.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 110 goals on 1,278 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has allowed 73 goals on 838 shots.
The New York Rangers entered the NHL break losing five of their last seven games. The New York Rangers are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 22.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Mika Zibanejad leads New York with 41 goals, Artemi Panarin has 63 assists and Jacob Trouba has 168 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 77.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Henrik Lundqvist has given up 84 goals on 883 shots faced and Alexandar Georgiev has allowed 96 goals on 1,063 shots.
The Islanders are 12-4 in the last 16 meetings in New York and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings. The road team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings. The underdog is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings. The over is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings in New York.
The New York Islanders are probably the better team in this matchup, but they've lost five of the last seven meetings against the Rangers and most of those losses came in the underdog role. The Rangers also have a veteran goaltender who can kind of settle games down and allow the rest of the team to get back in the swing of things. The Islanders also didn't pack much of an offensive punch this season, so it could take them a while to get the ice running.
I'll give the edge to the Rangers in this exhibition contest.