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

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Feb 17, 2024

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The 2024 Stadium Series concludes Sunday afternoon as the Islanders and Rangers prepare to meet at MetLife Stadium.

NY Rangers
55-23-1-3
AT
February 18, 2024, 3:00 PM ET
MetLife Stadium
NY Islanders
39-27-11-5
Puckline -1.5 +165
Moneyline -150
Over / Under o +5.5
Puckline +1.5 -200
Moneyline +125
Over / Under u +5.5

The red hot Rangers lead the Metropolitan Division and their 7-4 victory over Montreal on Thursday extended their win streak to six games. The Islanders have had a long break since falling 2-1 in a shootout against Seattle on Tuesday, but they lag in the standings and sit three points out of the Eastern Conference’s final wild card spot.

The Rangers are -135 favourites to win on the NHL odds, with the total set at 5.5.

Rangers vs. Islanders NHL Betting Odds

This is the first of four meetings between the New York rivals this season. It was a tight season series last year, with each team claiming one home and one road victory and the Rangers outscoring the Islanders just 14-13 across the four games.

The Rangers have thrived in outdoor games with a perfect 4-0 record, winning in 2012, twice in 2014 and in 2018. They’ve been a below average cover option this season, posting a 26-28 record against the spread. The Blueshirts haven’t leaned one way on the total recently as they have split the Over/Under evenly across their last 10 games.

This is just the second outdoor game for the Islanders, with their only other appearance coming in a 2-1 loss against the Rangers in 2014. For the season they haven’t paid bettors well, going 25-28 ATS overall. The Isles have generally played lower scoring games against their New York rival, with the total going Under in 11 of the last 15 games between the teams.

New York Rangers

Chris Kreider scored a hat trick and Adam Fox notched four assists as the Rangers equalled their season-high in goals on Thursday. Mika Zibanejad (1G, 2A) and Artemi Panarin (3A) each had three-point nights while Will Cuylle, Kaapo Kakko and Vincent Trocheck also found the back of the net. Panarin continues to lead the offence and he now sits sixth in NHL scoring with 71 points (31G, 40A). The Rangers are 7-1-1 in their last nine games and 5-0-0 in February following the All-Star break. They have a six-point cushion over second-place Carolina in the Metro standings.

The 38-year-old Jonathan Quick made 32 saves against the Habs to become the oldest goalie in Rangers history with a four-game winning streak, posting a .932 save percentage in that span. Quick is now within one win of tying Dominik Hasek for 15th place in NHL history (389). He has largely outplayed Igor Shesterkin this season, recording a 13-4-2 record with a 2.36 goals-against average and .917 SV. Shesterkin, who is coming off a 30-save shutout performance against Calgary on Monday, is 21-12-1 with a 2.78 GAA and .902 SV. There’s been no word on a starter for the Stadium Series.

New York Islanders

Kyle Palmieri scored the lone goal for the Islanders against Seattle on the power play, with Mathew Barzal and Noah Dobson picking up the assists. Palmierri extended his career-high point streak to six games, while Barzal and Dobson increased their team lead in points. Barzal leads the Isles with 56 points (15G, 41A) and Dobson is second with 55 points (7G, 48A). Both players are on pace to set career-highs in goals while Barzal is on pace for a career-high in points and Dobson has already surpassed his career-high of 51 points.

Ilya Sorokin turned aside 29 of 30 shots faced against the Kraken. Despite the loss, Sorokin has been hot since the All-Star break, going 2-0-1 while allowing just five goals on 86 shots faced in those three games. For the season, he is 16-12-10 with a 3.04 GAA and .911 SV. Sorokin will likely get the start on Sunday ahead of fellow Russian netminder Semyon Varlamov, who is 6-6-3 this season with a 2.90 GAA and .912 SV. Varlamov is 0-3-2 in his last six starts (pulled once) and he hasn’t won since Dec. 13 in Anaheim.

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