New York Islanders vs New York Rangers Prediction, 1/14/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York Islanders vs New York Rangers
Date: Thursday, January 14, 2021
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York, NY
TV: NHL Center Ice
Odds/Point Spread: Islanders (-105) Rangers (-115)
Igor Shesterkin and the New York Rangers play the New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden on Thursday. The line on this matchup has the Islanders coming in at -105 and the Rangers are at -115. The O/U is set at 5.5.
The Islanders had a rough game after their 2 - 1 defeat to the Lightning in their last game of last season. The Islanders could have played much better offensively in this loss. In the game, they converted 1 out of the 27 shots they put on goal. Additionally, they had 2 power play attempts but weren't able to score a goal. New York racked up a total of 10 penalty mins in this matchup. The Corsi for the Islanders was 56 and the Corsi against was 85 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 39.7%. Their Fenwick was 33 and the Fenwick against sat at 58, which means they earned a Fenwick percentage of 36.3%. They earned 29 face-off wins and lost 24 of all total face-offs. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 35.9% and they had a PDO of 99.9 for this game. When it comes to their opponent, the Tampa Bay Lightning tallied a total of 48 shots. They finished with a total of 4 minutes in the box and they tallied 5 power play chances.
Looking after the goal for New York is Semyon Varlamov from Kuybyshev, USSR. He is 31 years old and played 2,517 minutes defending the net last season. Varlamov surrendered 2.62 goals per contest which had him sitting 11th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 18th in the NHL. For the season, he gave up 110 goals. He held a save percentage of .914 which had him sitting 12th among Eastern Conference goaltenders. The Islanders racked up a total of 189 goals which was good for 13th in the East and 24th in the league. Their goal differential was -1, ranking them 19th in the league. The Islanders had a total of 80 points, which was good for 14th in the league and 9th in the conference. In discussing shots on goal, they had a total of 2,016 which was good for 15th in the East and 30th in the league. As a unit, New York racked up a total of 1,839 hits which means they had an average of 27 per game. They had a total of 980 blocks last year.
The Rangers opposed the Hurricanes in a game where the Rangers were on the wrong end of the score by a score of 4 - 1 in their last contest of last season. New York earned a 49.0% Corsi rating. They wound up with that percentage by having a Corsi of 51 while they gave up a Corsi of 53. Their Fenwick rate came in at 50.7% by way of having a Fenwick of 38 and the Hurricanes ending the game with a 37 Fenwick. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game New York played and we're sure they will look for better performances in the future. They had a PDO at even strength of 90.5 and their oZS percentage was 58.5%. The Rangers notched 1 goal out of the 38 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 3 power play attempts in this outing but weren't able to score a goal. In discussing their opponent, the Hurricanes had 3 power play attempts but were not able to score a goal. New York gave way to 31 shots on goal and the Hurricanes ended up with a total of 6 penalty mins.
In goal for New York is Igor Shesterkin who had an average campaign by giving up 2.52 goals against average and that placed him 7th in the Eastern Conference and 12th among goalies in the NHL. In the 692 minutes he played, he surrendered 29 goals. His save percentage was .932, which put him at 2nd in the Eastern Conference and 2nd among goalies in the NHL. When it comes to goal differential, the Rangers ranked 8th in the East and 11th in the league with +13. They earned a total of 233 goals for the season which was 4th in the Eastern Conference. New York had a save % as a team of .908 which had them sitting 11th in the league, which means there should be some chances to score. They shot 10.7% which was good for 3rd in the conference.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Rangers (-115)
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