New York Islanders vs New York Rangers NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 5/1/21

New York Islanders vs New York Rangers NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 5/1/21 Photo by Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers (26-19-6) at New York Islanders (30-15-5)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Nassau Coliseum)

The Line: New York Islanders -129 / New York Rangers +117 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The New York Rangers and New York Islanders meet Saturday in NHL action at the Nassau Coliseum.

The New York Rangers look for a win after winning eight of their last 12 games. The New York Rangers are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 21.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Chris Kreider leads New York with 20 goals, Adam Fox has 42 assists and Mika Zibanejad has 147 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 83.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Igor Shesterkin has given up 72 goals on 905 shots faced and Alexandar Georgiev has given up 38 goals on 406 shots.

The New York Islanders need a win after losing six of their last 10 games. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 18 percent of their power play opportunities. Brock Nelson leads New York with 16 goals, Mathew Barzal has 26 assists and Jordan Eberle has 116 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 83.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 65 goals on 901 shots faced and Ilya Sorokin has allowed 41 goals on 497 shots.

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The Rangers are 5-2 in their last 7 Saturday games and 8-20 in their last 28 games as an underdog. The Islanders are 14-5 in their last 19 games following a win and 20-8 in their last 28 games as a favorite. The under is 4-1 in Rangers last 5 overall. The under is 10-2-1 in Islanders last 13 overall. The Rangers are 4-9 in the last 13 meetings in New York and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings. The underdog is 20-8 in the last 28 meetings. The road team is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.

The New York Rangers and the plus money is worth a look given their current form, but the Islanders have won the last three meetings against them and five of the seven meetings this season overall. The New York Islanders are also a well coached team that plays defense, so don't expect them to stay in this funk for long. The New York Islanders have also been money at home this season and in the home favorite role. I'll lay the reasonable price with the Islanders at home.

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Randy’s Pick New York Islanders -129

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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