New York Rangers vs New York Islanders Predictions, NHL Picks 2/25/2020
Game: New York Rangers vs New York Islanders
Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Location: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Rangers (+120) Islanders (-133)
Semyon Varlamov and the New York Islanders (35-20-6, 4th in the Metropolitan Division) host the New York Rangers (33-24-4, 7th in the Metropolitan Division) at Barclays Center on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. The Rangers open this matchup at +120 while the Islanders are priced at -133. The total opens at 6. The Rangers cover 53.3% of the time, having gone 32-28 SU. New York covers 55.2% of the time, going 32-26 straight up.
The New York Rangers head into this game holding a record of 33 victories and 24 losses, which is good for 7th in the Metropolitan Division. During the year thus far, they have earned a total of 202 goals which ranks 6th in the East and 8th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +16, which is good for 9th in the NHL. The Rangers currently have a total of 70 points, which ranks 17th in the NHL and 11th in the conference. When looking at shots at the opposition, they currently have a total of 1,899 which ranks 11th in the Eastern Conference and 20th in the NHL. As a unit, New York has a total of 1,234 hits which has them averaging 20.2 per contest. They currently have a total of 768 blocks for the year. Protecting the goal for New York is Henrik Lundqvist from Fussen, West Germany. He is 37 years old and has racked up 1,522 minutes in goal for the campaign. Lundqvist is surrendering 3.12 goals per game which places him at 25th among Eastern Conference goalies and 54th among goaltenders in the NHL. So far this year, he has surrendered 79 goals. He holds a save % of .907 which places him at 22nd among Eastern Conference goalies.
The New York Rangers went home feeling good about their game by earning a 3 - 2 victory over the San Jose Sharks the last time they stepped on the ice. The Rangers played like an average offensive team in the victory. For this game, they scored on 3 of the 33 shots they looked to score on. They also had 2 power play chances but weren't able to score. New York had a total of 8 penalty minutes while out there on the ice. The Corsi for the Rangers sat at 42 and the Corsi against was 61 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 40.8%. Their Fenwick was 34 and the Fenwick against was 46, which means they had a Fenwick percentage of 42.5%. They took 27 face-off wins and lost 19 attempts to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 63.0% and they had a PDO of 107.8 for this game. With regard to the opposition's stats, the San Jose Sharks earned a total of 46 shots. They had 4 penalty minutes and they earned 4 power play opportunities.
The Islanders will be the team on the other side of the ice and for the campaign they sit with 35 wins and 20 losses. When looking at goal differential, they currently sit 9th in the East and 12th in the league with +11. They currently have a total of 173 goals for this season which has them sitting at 12th in the conference. New York has a save % as a team of .915 which has them sitting 5th in the league, which means chances to score may be limited. They have a team shooting percentage of 9.7% which puts them at 11th in the Eastern Conference. In net for New York is Semyon Varlamov who is having an ok season by allowing 2.47 GAA and that has him 8th among East goaltenders and 13th in the NHL among goalies. In the 2,237 mins he has played, he has given up 92 goals. His save percentage is .920, which has him ranked 6th among East goaltenders and 12th in the NHL among goalies.
The New York Islanders faced the San Jose Sharks in a matchup where the Islanders ended up with the win by a tally of 4 - 1. In this matchup, New York wound up with a 38.1% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 37 and the other team having a Corsi of 60. Their Fenwick percentage was 38.6% by notching a Fenwick of 27 and the Sharks earning a 43 Fenwick. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game New York played and it was a good performance overall. Their PDO was 115.7 and they earned an oZS percentage of 45.2%. The Islanders scored 4 goals out of the 26 shots on goal they tried. They had 3 power play chances in this game but were not able to net one. Regarding their opponent, the Sharks had 1 power play attempt but didn't put the puck in goal. New York gave way to 30 shots on goal and the Sharks racked up a total of 6 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take New York (+120)
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