New York Islanders (23-14-4) vs. New York Rangers (17-18-7)
NHL Hockey: Monday, January 10, 2019 (Madison Square Garden)
Line and Odds: New York Islanders -1.5 Over/Under: 6.0
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In the last couple of games, the New York Islanders have owned the New York Rangers. As bitter cross-town rivals, these two teams will again clash tonight at Madison Square Garden. The New York Rangers are not nearly doing as well as the Islanders, so they will have their hands full tonight. The Islanders will need a win tonight in order to continue to climb up the Eastern Conference standings. Since they are motivated to continue to be contenders and the Rangers are looking to knock them off on their home turf, this should definitely be a fun game to watch and wager on.
The Islanders have done extremely well in their last seven games, notching a 6-1 record. They have surprised a lot of the talking heads simply because they were slated to not do very well when they lost former team captain John Tavares to the Toronto Maple Leafs last offseason. However, with their coordinated play and the efforts of their skaters and goalie Robin Lehner a lot of players and fans are going “John Who?”
While the New York Rangers have long been a contender within the Eastern Conference, they seem to have fallen on hard times. They don’t have a terrible record per se at 17-18-7, but that isn’t enough to for them to secure a playoff berth. They are really going to have to turn things around in a hurry if they expect to contend for anything. However, based on their recent play it will be a bit difficult. They lost 7-2 against the Pittsburgh Penguins, 6-1 against the Colorado Avalanche, 5-0 against the Arizona Coyotes, and they lost a bit closer of a score (4-2) against the Vegas Golden Knights. Simply put, they just haven’t been doing that well lately.
New York Islanders Trends
NY Islanders is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
NY Islanders is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 14 of NY Islanders’s last 20 games
NY Islanders is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
NY Islanders is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games on the road
New York Rangers Trends
NY Rangers is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
NY Rangers is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 11 of NY Rangers’s last 16 games
NY Rangers is 14-7 ATS in its last 21 games at home
NY Rangers is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games at home
ESPN NHL Scores New York Rangers vs. New York Islanders
If you have followed my writing here on Cover the Spread for any length of time then you probably realize that I’ve always implied that I want to go with the undergo. I’ll usually say things like, “as much as I want to go with…” and things like that. Well, as much as I would like to put my support on the New York Rangers I just don’t see it happening for them tonight. They just have not been playing that good lately. Yes, I like the Islanders in this contest. I think they win it easily.