The New York Rangers, spearheaded by Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider, are ready to take the ice against Josh Bailey, Mathew Barzal, and the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center for a cross-town showdown. The puck drops at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 15, and fans at home will be able to see the game live on MSG Plus 2.
New York Rangers at New York Islanders Odds
With a -140 moneyline, the Islanders enter the contest as the heavy favorites. The line for the Rangers sits at +120, and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at an even 6 goals. The odds for betting the total stand at -120 for the under and +100 for the over.
The Islanders are 9-8 straight up (SU) and have earned 4.9 units for moneyline bettors this year. That winning percentage, ranked second in the Metropolitan Division so far in this young season, is a welcomed improvement compared to what the team did during last year’s regular season (35-47). Of their 17 games this season, seven have gone under the total, while seven have gone over and just two have pushed. The team is 4-3 SU at home thus far.
The Islanders have converted on 17.2 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated 20th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 79.3 percent of all penalties.
Averaging 25.8 saves per game with a .938 save percentage, Thomas Greiss (7-3-1) has been the principal goalkeeper for the Islanders this season. If they choose to give him the night off, however, the Isles could roll with Robin Lehner (4-5-5 record, .921 save percentage, 2.59 goals against average).
The Rangers have netted 3.2 units for moneyline bettors this season and are currently 9-9 straight up (SU). A total of 11 of their matches have gone under the total, while seven have gone over and none have pushed. New York’s 3-6 SU as the visiting team this season.
The Rangers have converted on 18.3 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill unit is ranked 21st overall and they’ve successfully defended 78.3 percent of all penalties.
Henrik Lundqvist (2.54 goals against average and .923 save percentage) has been the main option in goal for the Rangers. Lundqvist is averaging 30.9 saves per game and has six wins, eight losses, and two OT losses to his credit.
New York Rangers vs. New York Islanders Betting Predictions
Prediction: SU Winner – Rangers, O/U – Over