New York Islanders (18-13-2) vs. New York Rangers (18-11-5)
December 22, 2022 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: New York Rangers -160 / New York Islanders +132; Over/Under: +5.5
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The New York Islanders and New York Rangers meet Thursday in NHL action at Madison Square Garden. The New York Islanders have lost 6 of their last 9 games. The New York Rangers have won 7 of their last 8 games.
The New York Islanders are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 20.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Brock Nelson leads New York with 15 goals, Mathew Barzal has 27 assists and Noah Dobson has 98 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 81 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Ilya Sorokin has given up 50 goals on 677 shots faced, and Semyon Varlamov has allowed 31 goals on 381 shots.
The New York Rangers are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 24 percent of their power play opportunities. Chris Kreider leads New York with 16 goals, Artmei Panarin has 32 assists, and Mika Zibanejad has 130 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 81.6 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Igor Shesterkin has allowed 61 goals on 743 shots faced, and Jaroslav Halak has given up 27 goals on 246 shots.
The Islanders are 1-4 in their last 5 Thursday games and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Rangers are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 7-1 in their last 8 overall. The over is 5-2 in Islanders last 7 overall. The over is 5-2 in Rangers last 7 home games. The Islanders are 18-5 in the last 23 meetings in New York and 8-2 in the last 10 meetings. The road team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
The New York Rangers are back to looking like the team we expected to see this season, and they deserve to be home favorites here. With that said, the New York Islanders aren’t a team that’s going to continue losing for much longer, and they’ve owned the Rangers in recent rivalry matchups. I’m not giving up on the Islanders just yet. Give me the road dog.