Islanders vs. Rangers odds, pick

The New York Islanders and New York Rangers will meet for the first time this season at MetLife Stadium on Sunday afternoon (3 p.m. ET) as part of the NHL’s Stadium Series.

As of this writing, the Rangers are -152 favorites to win.

Rangers vs. Islanders picks

The Islanders and Rangers come into this game in very different ways.

While the Rangers have won six games on the spin (including five straight since the All-Star break) to gain some ground in the race for the Metropolitan Division title, the Isles have lost two straight and are in desperate need of points. Keep pace in the playoff hunt.

What’s plaguing the Islanders right now is a lack of scoring ability.

Patrick Roy has seen strong performances from Matthew Barzal, Bo Horvat, Noah Dobson, and Kyle Palmieri, but the middle of the lineup hasn’t been able to contribute enough to expect the Islanders’ defense to improve under the new coach. do not have.

Since Roy took over, the Isles are 3-3-2 but 5-on-5, which has greatly improved their defense.

The Islanders allowed 10 fewer shot attempts, 0.7 fewer expected goals and three fewer dangerous chances per 60 minutes at 5-on-5 under Roy than they did under Lane Lambert. decreased.

New York Islanders head coach Patrick Roy skates with the team in the 2024 Navy Federal Credit Union Stadium Series. NHLI (via Getty Images)

It’s still a small sample size, but it’s clear the Islanders have taken a step forward defensively under their new bench coach.

The Rangers have been in a similar situation recently.

The Blueshirts are still a break-even team at 5-on-5, but they know they can rely on elite skill, power play and goaltending to be the difference in close games.

It’s been this team’s MO for the past few seasons, and no one should be surprised to see the Rangers exceed their projected goals again.

Would you bet on the NHL?

From a moneyline perspective, this price looks about right.

The Rangers are the better team, but the Islanders’ defensive play under Roy and elite goaltending means bookmakers are willing to pay more for the Islanders, even if they are mediocre this season. cannot be imposed.

Rather than favoring either side on the two-way moneyline, we’ll bet on the bigger price and bet this contest to go into overtime at +340.

Bet: 60 Minute Draw (+340, FanDuel)



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