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National Hockey league action on Saturday afternoon and a pair of teams from the Metro Division will square off as the New York Rangers battle it out with the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. This is game two of a home-and-home series, with the Islanders winning game one by a score of 4-3.
Rangers Lose To The Islanders… Again
The New York Rangers have not been playing well at all of late as they have lost their last five games in a row after falling at home to the Islanders on Thursday evening by a score of 4-3. The Rangers have now lost 13 of their last 15 games to their in-state rivals. Can they get a measure of revenge in this one? We shall see. I will not be easy as the Rangers have gone an abysmal 6-15 on the road, plus the Rangers have allowed 26 goals over their last five games. Still, this is a rivalry game and anything can happen. The Rangers held a 1-0 lead just 1:38 into the game, but they couldn’t hold it and eventually lost 4-3 on a goal by Josh Bailey with 1:26 left in the game. Scoring in the loss was Ryan Strome (6th), Kevin Shattenkirk (2nd), and Jesper Fast (7th).
"I was really proud about the way we played."
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) January 11, 2019
Absorbing the loss was Henrik Lundqvist, who allowed four goals on 20 shot attempts to fall to 12-19 with a 3.08 GAA and a .907 save percentage on the year, while out on the road, he has gone 4-9 with a 3.56 GAA. In his career, he is now 30-21-7 with a 2.41 GAA against the Islanders. The Rangers are 15th in the league in power play conversions at 19.7% and 28th in Penalty kill at 75.8%.
Islanders Continue Dominance Of Big Brother
The New York Rangers are considered the Big Brother of the the two in-state rivals, but lately, it has been little brother that has owned this series. The Islanders check in off a 4-3 road with over the Rangers and they have now gone 13-2 in their last 15 in this series. The Islanders will look to keep it going in this one and we do note that they have won their last seven home games in this series. The Isles have been hot overall as they have now won seven of their last eight games to pull to within just six points of first- place in the Metro Division. Scoring in the win was Mathew Barzal, which was his 13th of the year, Jordan Eberle, which was his 9th, Anders Lee, which was his 16th and Josh Bailey (9th). The Isles were outshot 17-1 in the 3rd period, but all they needed was that one shot, which came from Bailey with 1:26 left in regulation to put the Isles up for good.
— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) January 11, 2019
Grabbing the win was Robin Lehner, who stopped 278 of the 3o shots that he faced to improve to 12-9 with a 2.22 GAA and a .926 save percentage on the year, while here at home he has gone 3-3 with a 1.94 GAA and a .926 save percentage on the year. In his career, he has gone 3-7 with a 2.76 GAA against the Rangers. The Islanders have gone 10-9 here at home for the year and they have averaged 3.05 gpg and have allowed 2.68 gpg in those games. The Isles check in at 22nd in the league in power play conversions at 16.9% and 25th in penalty kill at 77.2%.
The Islanders are:
- 6-1 in their last 7 in the second game of a home-and-home situation
- 13-5 in their last 18 vs. the Metropolitan
The Rangers are:
- 15-36 in their last 51 vs. a team with a winning record
- 5-21 in their last 26 road games vs. a team with a winning home record
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I like the Islanders to continue to play well in this series. They are an average home team overall, but the Islanders have taken 13 of the last 15 in this series and they are 7-0 their last seven home games against the Rangers. We also note that the Rangers have gone just 6-15 on the road and they have lost their last five games overall. Look for Little Brother to grab another one in this series.
Prediction: NY Islanders
Full-Game Total Pick
This has been an “Over” series and the teams did just combine for seven goals, but still, I will look for this one to go Under the total. The Islanders have allowed just 2.68 gpg at home and the Rangers have averaged just 2.38 gpg on the road. The Rangers will not get much in this one. The Rangers have been torched on the road, but Islanders have averaged a mediocre 3.05 gpg at home. The Under is 9-3-1 in Islanders last 13 games following a win and that is the clincher.