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NHL Computer Pick | Islanders at Rangers | 1/21/20

Looking for the best NHL Betting Picks? In this article, we’ll give you our top NHL Computer Pick for the New York Islanders at New York Rangers game on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020.

Our NHL Computer Picks are chosen using an algorithm that analyses historical sports data to give you the bets that offer the best value bets to beat the New Jersey sportsbooks.

NHL Computer Picks
NEWARK, NJ – NOVEMBER 30: New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) skates during the National Hockey League game between the New Jersey Devils and the New York Rangers on November 30, 2019 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)

New York Islanders at New York Rangers
7:00 p.m. EST
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY

New York Islanders | Money Line: -113 | Puck Line (-1.5): +215
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New York Rangers | Money Line: -104 | Puck Line (+1.5): -275
Total: 6 goals

NHL Computer Pick: Islanders Money Line (-113)

This will be the third meeting between the New York Islanders at New York Rangers over the last eight days. The Rangers took the first two meetings by the scores of 6-2 and 3-2. This time, we believe the other team will finally get their revenge. Our top betting pick is for the Islanders to get the outright win. Let’s dive into the numbers to see why we’ll see a different story from last week.

NHL Betting Line: Islanders at Rangers

Since the Rangers won both of last week’s meetings, it’s no surprise to see this game have a tight spread attached to it. However, the Islanders have a fantastic record when the money line is in between -125 and +125. In that scenario, they are 18-7 this season. It’ll be very tough for the Rangers to beat the Islanders three times within a span of eight days. Look for the Islanders to finally get their revenge.

Islanders Betting Form

As we mentioned, the Islanders have conventional odds on their side. Beating a team repeatedly over the course of a week is very tough to do, especially when that team is better. Granted, the Islanders have lost five of their last six games, but a win against the Rangers at MSG could certainly get their season back on track.

The Islanders didn’t announce a starter for tonight’s game early like the Rangers. Of course, you have to wonder if they opt for Thomas Greiss once again over Semyon Varlamov. After all, Greiss has played well in each of the last two starts, turning away 65 of the 68 shots he’s seen. Varlamov had two cracks at the Rangers last week, allowing nine goals on 63 shots.

If the Islanders do go with Greiss in goal, it’s possible they show a bit more gumption in support of their backup netminder. The Islanders don’t have a ton of guys that fill up the scoresheet individually, rather getting it done collectively. This team needs to get Mathew Barzal (17 G, 23 A) and Brock Nelson (19 G, 18 A) going more than anyone else. Look for them to have big games on Tuesday night.

Rangers Betting Form

The Rangers have played much better of late, winning four of the last six games – two of which came at the Islanders’ expense. The team has played much better defense over the last two games, allowing only three goals, but this is still a squad that heavily relies on its offense.

When looking at the Rangers’ offense, Artemi Panarin (26 G, 42 A), Ryan Strome (12 G, 30 A), Mika Zibanejad (18 G, 19 A) and Chris Kreider (16 G, 15 A) are all leading the way statistically. Defenseman Tony DeAngelo (12 G, 25 A) recently had a huge three-goal, two-assist night in a game against the Devils; he’s certainly capable of a big night any time he touches the ice.

Alexandar Georgiev will get the start in net for the Rangers. Each of his last two games, both wins, came against the Islanders last week. The Rangers will continue to rely on their goaltending, considering this is a team that allows the second-most shots per game (34.8) in the NHL this season. The Islanders, who average the fifth-fewest shots per game (29.5), even posted 34 and 40 shots against Georgiev in the two games last week.

NHL Computer Pick: Islanders Money Line (-113)

While it may look like the Rangers have everything clicking at the moment, the Islanders have plenty of motivation on their side. Especially in a rivalry matchup like this, the Islanders would feel sheepish dropping three games in an eight-day span to the inexperienced Rangers. Look for the Islanders to step it up defensively and make life difficult on their opponents.

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