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New York Islanders vs New York Rangers Prediction 2-18-24 Picks

New York Rangers (35-16-3) vs. New York Islanders (22-18-13)
February 18, 2024 3:00 pm EDT
The Line: New York Islanders +104 / New York Rangers -128; Over/Under: +5.5
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The New York Rangers and the New York Islanders meet in NHL action from MetLife Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Who comes out on top in this Stadium Series matchup? Let’s dive in and find out with our Rangers vs. Islanders Prediction.

New York Rangers Team Preview

The New York Rangers come into this one looking to build on their six-game win streak after a 7-4 win over Montreal last time out. Artemi Panarin leads the Rangers in scoring with 71 points including team-highs of 31 goals and 40 assists while Chris Kreider has 51 points with 27 goals of his own. Vincent Trocheck has 48 points as well with 32 assists while Mika Zibanejad has 51 points with 34 assists this season. Igor Shesterkin has gone 21-12-1 with a 2.78 GAA and a .902 save percentage while Jonathan Quick is 13-4-2 with a 2.36 GAA and a .917 save percentage between the pipes for the Rangers this season.

New York Rangers Team Facts

  • The Rangers have won each of their last six games.
  • The home team has covered the puck line in each of the Rangers’ last five games.
  • The Rangers have won the second period in each of their last five games as favorites following a win.
  • The ‘Over 1.5 Goals Period 1′ market has hit in each of the Rangers’ last seven day games.

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New York Islanders Team Preview

The New York Islanders come into this one looking to bounce back from back-to-back losses after a 2-1 shootout loss to Seattle last time out. Mathew Barzal leads the Islanders in scoring with 56 points including 15 goals and 41 assists while Noah Dobson has 55 points with a team-high 48 assists and Brock Nelson’s added 41 points with a team-high 22 goals this season. Bo Horvat’s also chipped in 47 points with 21 goals of his own and 26 assists and Kyle Palmieri has 32 points with 15 goals and 17 assists. Ilya Sorokin has posted a 16-12-10 record in goal for the Islanders this season with a 3.04 GAA and a .911 save percentage while Semyon Varlamov is 6-6-3 with a 2.90 GAA and a .912 save percentage this season. The Islanders will meet the Penguins after this one.

New York Islanders Team Facts

  • The Islanders have won each of their last four games as underdogs after coming off overtime.
  • The Islanders have covered the puck line in each of their last 13 games as underdogs against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • The ‘Over 1.5 Goals Period 2′ market has hit in each of the Islanders’ last 19 games as underdogs against opponents on a winning streak.
  • The Islanders have lost the third period in each of their last six games as underdogs after coming off a shootout.

Rangers vs. Islanders Prediction

I’m on the Rangers here. The added element of an outdoor game makes capping this game a bit more difficult, but the Rangers have a perfect 4-0 record all-time in outdoor games, although they haven’t played one since 2018 and Henrik Lundqvist was the goalie for all four games. The Islanders have some players with experience in outdoor games, but as a whole, the team isn’t playing well as of late and the Rangers have been one of the NHL’s hottest teams out of the all-star break. I don’t feel like stepping in front of the Rangers right now, even with an outdoor game environment. I’ll back the Rangers here.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: New York Rangers -128

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Chris joined the Sports Chat Place team in August 2016 and has a proven system that combines multiple analytical and situational statistics and trends to give out thousands of winning picks over the last three years with winning records across all of the top leagues, Follow Chris Ruffolo on Twitter @ruffthepickdawg

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