New York Islanders vs. New York Rangers Prediction, NHL Odds

Edgar Chaput | Updated Mar 16, 2024

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Sunday afternoon features another round in the famous Battle of New York as the Islanders pay a visit to the Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

NY Islanders
39-27-11-5
AT
March 17, 2024, 1:00 PM ET
Madison Square Garden
NY Rangers
55-23-1-3
Puckline +1.5 -190
Moneyline +130
Over / Under o +5.5
Puckline -1.5 +155
Moneyline -155
Over / Under u +5.5

There is a lot more riding on Sunday’s tilt than regional pride. The Islanders suffered a setback in their hunt for the playoffs with a disappointing 4-3 defeat to the Ottawa Senators in extra time on Saturday. As for the Rangers, they can not only see the finish line to win the Metropolitan Division but have the number one seed in the East within reach. They trampled over the Pittsburgh Penguins 7-4, also on Saturday.

The NHL odds favour the Rangers, pegging them at -165 on the moneyline.

Islanders vs. Rangers NHL Betting Odds

In an odd bit of scheduling, the NHL has decided that all four regular season encounters between these close foes are to take place over the last couple of months. Sunday is only the second meeting and it’s already the middle of March. The first was a classic Stadium Series game last month, won by the Rangers 6-5 in OT. Meetings three and four will occur in April.

Interestingly, the Islanders had won four games in a row at Madison Square Garden before the Rangers finally took a match in December 2022.

The Islanders were also on a tear up until this week. Left for dead, they won six straight games starting in late February but that was followed up with a three-game slide, including Saturday’s bump. Moreover, the Isles had covered the spread six straight times and, you guessed it, have now lost thrice in a row against the puckline.  Despite two players in the NHL’s top 50 in goals (Brock Nelson with 29 and Bo Horvat with 27), the Islanders are only 20th in scoring (3.02 goals a game).

The Rangers have experienced a wild week, but it would nevertheless conclude on a high note should they take care of business at home against the Isles. A win over the Carolina Hurricanes in midweek has provided them with a six-point cushion in the Metropolitan Division. Performances ATS have been adequate this season at 35-31, although that’s nothing to write home about either. They’ve given up one goal or less in four of their last five home contests.

New York Islanders

A home date with the moribund Ottawa Senators and playoff positioning on the line should have been a recipe for two points. Instead, Islanders faithful were left stunned by a 4-3 Sens win in overtime.

Things started well enough, as Matt Martin (third) took advantage of sloppy defence and goaltending for a wrap-around marker in the opening period. But Ottawa’s Brady Tkachuk would be a thorn in their side all afternoon, scoring twice in regulation to negate Kyle Palmieri (21st) and Bo Horvat (27th, power play goals) markers, although the latter came in desperation in the final minute. Tkachuk would have the last laugh, making good on a fine offensive rush in OT to seal New York’s fate.

New York Rangers

One supposes there was a smattering of irony in the Rangers getting pummelled 6-3 by the Lightning on Thursday, only to be gifted a game against the Penguins on Saturday.

Not to besmirch the Pittsburgh franchise, but things have been pretty bad for them for a couple of weeks, to say nothing of some trade deadline decisions that allude to them admitting the season is awash. Well, New York was happy to oblige. After going down 1-0 very early, the Rangers outburst commenced with goals from Kaapo Kakko (ninth) and Adam Fox (12th). Artemi Panarin 37th made it a 3-2 game before in the first period even ended.

The Rangers proved merciless, with Panarin scoring again (38th), Mika Zibanejad (21st, power play), and K’Andre Miller (eighth) all getting in on the action. A Chris Kreider (33rd) empty netter made it a 7-4 final. Save for some defensive mishaps that led to four Pittsburgh goals, the Rangers were superior in virtually ever facet.

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