New York Rangers (33-16-5) at New York Islanders (37-18-1)
|Date & Time||Monday February 16, 2015, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: New York Islanders -128 / New York Rangers +116 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The New York Rangers and New York Islanders play Monday at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The New York Rangers have won six of their last eight games and end a four-game road trip. The Rangers are averaging 3.1 goals per game and have scored 16 goals in their last three games. The New York Rangers have one power play goal in their last three games and have won 19 straight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Rick Nash leads New York with 35 goals, Derick Brassard has 30 assists and Martin St. Louis has 106 shots on goal. Defensively, the Rangers are allowing 2.4 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in four of their last six games. Henrik Lundqvist has allowed 87 goals on 1,119 shots faced and Cam Talbot has given up 37 goals on 450 shots.
The New York Islanders hope to keep building on their four-game winning streak. The Islanders are averaging 3.1 goals and have scored 12 goals in their last three games. The New York Islanders have zero power play goals in their last three games and have won seven straight games when scoring at least three goals overall. John Tavares leads New York with 26 goals, Kyle Okposo has 30 assists and Anders Lee has 122 shots on goal. Defensively, the Islanders are allowing 2.8 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in three of their last four games. Jaroslav Halak has allowed 101 goals on 1,151 shots faced and Chad Johnson has given up 45 goals on 354 shots.
The Rangers are 20-8 in their last 28 games playing on 1 days rest and 13-4 in their last 17 road games. The Islanders are 20-6 in their last 26 home games and 36-15 in their last 51 vs. Eastern Conference. The Rangers are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in New York and 2-5 in the last 7 meetings overall.
The Islanders have gotten the better of the Rangers as of late and have put together a nice little winning streak. Add that to the home ice advantage, and I like the Islanders for the cheap price.