The fifth edition of the Battle of New York this year sees the New York Rangers (6th in East Division) pay a second consecutive visit to the New York Islanders (2nd in the East), with their eight-game season series currently tied at 2-2.
Rangers Triumph On Long IslandThe New York Rangers (19-16-5) started their current two-game road set against the New York Islanders with a win, recording their fourth triumph in the last six contests (4-1-1) following a 4-1 victory at Nassau Coliseum on Friday. The Blueshirts became only the second team to beat the Isles in regulation on Long Island, scoring two goals in each of the last two periods. Alexis Lafreniere (7 goals, 13 points this year), Colin Blackwell (12 goals, 17 points), K’Andre Miller (4 goals, 9 points) and Mika Zibanejad (14 goals, 31 points) all scored for the Rangers, while Artemi Panarin (12 goals, 42 points) picked up a couple of helpers.
Goalie Alexandar Georgiev (6-5-1 on the season with a 2.84 GAA and a .903 save percentage) marked his first start in 11 games with a 31-save performance. He has posted a 7-2-0 career tally against the Islanders with a 1.70 GAA and a .944 save percentage, while Igor Shesterkin (10-9-2 on the year with a 2.44 GAA and a .921 save percentage) is 0-2-0 versus the Isles previously with a 3.03 GAA and a .905 save percentage. The Rangers are 8th in most goals scored per game in 2020-21 (3.25), 10th in least goals conceded on average (2.68), 17th in power play (19.9%) and 4th in penalty kill (84.4%).
Isles Record Rare Home LossThe New York Islanders (26-11-4) were dealt just their second regulation home defeat of the season (17-2-2) after snapping a four-game winning streak and a five-game triumph run on own ice with a 4-1 setback against the New York Rangers at Nassau Coliseum on Friday. The Isles were not given any penalties against the Blueshirts, but were outshot 36-32 and failed to convert on their only power-play chance, eventually scoring just once throughout the whole contest for the second time in three games. Andy Greene (1 goal, 4 points this year) got the Islanders within 2-1 at the end of the second period just seconds after a snipe by Brock Nelson (15 goals, 24 points) was disallowed for high stick.
Goalie Semyon Varlamov ended his shutout streak against the Rangers at 146:05, eventually making a total of 32 saves. He has registered a 16-8-3 tally for the ongoing campaign with a 2.21 GAA and a .922 save percentage, and is 8-6-2 against the Blueshirts historically with a 2.89 GAA and a .909 save percentage. Ilya Sorokin (10-3-1 on the season with a 2.18 GAA and a .915 save percentage), meanwhile, has gone 0-1-0 versus the Rangers in his sole past encounter with a 5.01 GAA and a .844 save percentage. The Islanders are 15th in most goals scored per game this year (2.88), 2nd in least goals allowed on average (2.32), 22nd in power play (18.2%) and 11th in penalty kill (81.0%).
NY Rangers (according to Covers.com)
- Rangers are 6-23 in their last 29 Sunday games.
- Rangers are 7-16 in their last 23 overall meetings with Islanders.
NY Islanders (according to Covers.com)
- Islanders are 7-0 in their last 7 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation.
- Islanders are 23-8 in their last 31 home games.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
The Rangers may have won their past four trips to Long Island, but are not in for an easy ride when visiting the Islanders on Sunday. This year’s domestic record of the Isles is the best in the whole league, with the team having registered just four defeats in 21 outings, with only two of them coming in regulation. The Islanders have not lost consecutive home games so far this season, having last done so during the regular campaign back in March last year. They have triumphed in seven straight contests played on the last night of a 4-games-in-6-days scenario and have been dead efficient when bouncing back from offensively underwhelming showings, winning four of their most recent five contests after scoring no more than two goals in their previous fixture. The Rangers, meanwhile, are 5-12 in their last 17 matchups as road underdogs and have only managed to beat the Isles on seven of the past 23 occasions overall.
Full-Game Total Pick
This series is yet to see a high-scoring game this season, with all four previous encounters between the Islanders and the Rangers finishing below the six-goal mark, averaging no more than four snipes per matchup. Eight of the last 10 road contests of the Blueshirts have also delivered just a modest quantity of markers, recording an average of just four tallies per encounter, while the most recent four domestic outings of the Isles have all gone under the total, averaging 3.50 strikes per game. So, do bet on this one to stay within the limits of just five snipes once again!