New York Islanders (4-4-2) at New York Rangers (4-4-2)
NHL Hockey: Monday, February 8, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Rangers -115 / New York Islanders -105 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The New York Islanders and the New York Rangers meet in NHL action from Madison Square Garden on Monday night.
The New York Islanders will look to build on their 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins last time out. Mathew Barzal leads the Isles in scoring with 4 goals and 7 assists for his 11 points while Jordan Eberle has 7 points with 5 goals and a pair of assists. Anders Lee and Noah Dobson each have 6 points with Lee putting up 4 goals with a pair of helpers and Dobson logging a goal and 5 assists on the year. Nick Leddy also has a goal and 4 helpers for his 5 points and J-G Pageau and Brock Nelson each have 4 points this season. Semyon Varlamov’s seen the bulk of the work in goal for the Islanders, going 4-3 with a pair of shutouts and a 2.14 GAA.
The New York Rangers will look to add to their 4-2 win over the Washington Capitals in their last game. Artemi Panarin leads the Rangers in scoring with 15 points coming on 5 goals and 10 assists while Pavel Buchnevich has 8 points with 3 goals and 5 helpers. Adam Fox has 7 points with 6 assists on the year while Ryan Strome has 6 points with 4 goals and a pair of assists. Phil Di Giuseppe also has 5 assists and Chris Kreider and K-Andre Miller each have 4 points with Kreider scoring 4 goals while Miller has 3 assists. Igor Shesterkin and Alexandar Georgiev each have seen a fair share of work for the Rangers in goal, with Shesterkin going 3-2 with a 2.35 GAA while Georgiev has a win, a shutout and a 3.27 GAA this season.
The Islanders are 1-5 in their last 6 games overall and 0-6 in their last 6 road games while the under is 16-4-1 in their last 21 Monday games. The Rangers are 6-2 in their last 8 games against a team with a losing record and 4-10 in their last 14 games overall while the under is 9-2 in their last 11 games as a favorite. The road team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
I get that home ice usually means a lot in these rivalry games, but to be honest I’m not sure why the Rangers are favored here, even in a near coin flip. Sure, the Islanders have had their issues, but side by side they’re the better team, have the better coach and have a proven record dating back to the playoffs last year. New York still has issues keeping the puck out of the net and while the Islanders had their issues, the Isles also seem to be back on track. I’ll side with the Islanders on the road in this one.