New York Islanders vs New York Rangers Prediction, 2/8/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York Islanders vs New York Rangers
Date: Monday, February 8, 2021
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Islanders (+100) Rangers (-120)
Semyon Varlamov and the New York Islanders (4-4-2) are headed to Madison Square Garden on Monday where they'll take on the New York Rangers (4-4-2). The moneyline on this matchup has the Islanders coming in at +100 and the Rangers are at -120. The O/U is set at 5.5.
The Islanders went home feeling good about their game by earning a 4-3 win over the Penguins in their previous contest. The Islanders had a solid offensive performance and it showed in the victory. In the outing, they netted 4 out of the 26 shots they attempted. They also had 1 power play opportunity and were able to notch 1 goal. New York accounted for 4 penalty minutes in this matchup. The Corsi for the Islanders was sitting at 48 and the Corsi against when this game finished was 60 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 44.4%. Their Fenwick was 37 and the Fenwick Against sat at 48, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 43.5%. They recorded 22 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 20 opportunities to win the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 39.3% and their PDO was 103.4 in this one.
New York Islanders opponents have totaled 27 power play tries (29th in the league) and have scored 6 goals in those chances. The Islanders have had 275 shots taken against them and have a save percentage of .902. New York has attempted 290 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 7.9%. When at even strength, the Islanders have surrendered 21 goals while having 16 when they are on offense. New York has accumulated 39 power play opportunities and they have scored 7 goals out of those attempts, garnering them a rate of 17.95%. For the current season, they have scored 10 points and their points percentage is sitting at .500. When it comes to their scoring, the New York Islanders have earned 23 goals (30th in the NHL) for the year and have given up 27.
Patrolling the crease for the game will be Semyon Varlamov. Varlamov has been involved in 500 games over the course of his NHL career. He has a win-loss record of 236-185-57 and he started in 477 games. The opposition has scored 1,270 goals against Varlamov in his pro career and his goals against average per contest is 2.66. Varlamov has had 15,028 shots taken against him and has amassed 13,758 saves. He has a save percentage of .915 for his 28,608 minutes played. During his career on the ice, Varlamov has accrued 264 quality starts and his quality starts percentage sits at .553.
In their last game, New York went up against the Capitals in an outing where the Rangers took home the victory by a tally of 4-2. New York had a 46.3% Corsi rate. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game New York had and they put on a good performance in this one. Their Fenwick rate was 52.9% by tallying a Fenwick of 37 and the Capitals ending the game with a 33 Fenwick at even strength. Their PDO at even strength was 107 and their oZS percentage was 56.5%. The Rangers recorded 4 goals out of the 31 shots on goal they took. They had 3 power play opportunities in this matchup but weren't able to notch a goal.
New York has attempted 324 shots (15th in professional hockey) and has accumulated a shot percentage of 8.95%, while allowing the other team 277 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill percentage of 81.58% on their opponents 38 power play chances, and their save percentage sits at 9.0%. They have a tally of 41 power play chances and they have a power play rate of 14.63%. The Rangers are sitting with 22 goals at even strength and 6 goals (21st in the league) while on the power play. They have allowed 27 goals to be scored by way of 20 goals at even strength and 7 goals while they had less men on the ice. On the campaign, the New York Rangers have accumulated 29 goals, 10 points, as well as a points percentage of .500.
Across the ice you are likely to see Igor Shesterkin protecting the goal. He has recorded 552 stops out of the 596 shots tried, which gives him a percentage of .926. Shesterkin has a career mark of 13-4-1 and has played in 19 games. He was named a starter in 18 games and his ice time sits at 1,075 mins. Shesterkin's rate of quality starts sits at 66.7% and he has made 12 quality starts in his pro hockey career. His opposition is averaging 2.46 goals per contest and he has allowed 44 goals altogether.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Islanders (+100)
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