NHL Computer Pick | New York Rangers at New York Islanders (1/16/20)

In this article, we’ll give you our top NHL Computer Pick for the New York Rangers at New York Islanders game on Thursday, Jan. 16, 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.

New York Rangers at New York Islanders

7:00 p.m. EST
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum – Uniondale, LI

NY Rangers | Money Line: +140 | Puck Line (+1.5): -195
NY Islanders | Money Line: -165 | Puck Line (-1.5): +160
Total: 6 goals

NHL Computer Pick 1/16/20

NHL Computer Pick (1/16/20): Islanders Puck Line -1.5 (+160)

We just saw this matchup on Monday night, as it was the New York Rangers defeating the New York Islanders by the score of 6-2. In that article, we correctly predicted the total to go over six goals, but tonight’s matchup will take on a different tone. Our betting pick is for the Islanders to win by two or more goals cover the puck line. Let’s take a look at some factors that support our prediction.

NHL Betting Line: Rangers at Islanders

With the Islanders finally getting back on the good foot, it’s no surprise to see them favored by this much. In fact, we could’ve probably seen it a bit higher but the Rangers did have two full days off prior to tonight’s game. The Rangers haven’t been great with extended rest and don’t play great defense in that situation. Look for the Islanders to pounce on them early and often.

Rangers Betting Form

The Rangers have one of the more entertaining offenses in hockey, but this is a matchup that can certainly give them some headaches. While it didn’t look like that on Monday, it’s incredibly tough to beat a team twice in the same week. Expect the Islanders to put some serious clamps down a Rangers’ offense that doesn’t get held down much. Teams like that usually get frustrated and there was already plenty of fighting going on in the matchup earlier this week. This could end putting the Rangers in plenty of short-handed situations.

Coming off a 32-save performance in Monday’s win against the Rangers, Alexandar Georgiev will get the start in net once again. The Rangers’ goalie situation is a big mess right now, with Georgiev splitting time with Henrik Lundqvist and Igor Shesterkin. Georgiev was reported to be heading to Toronto but more playing time could be a move to showcase him for more talent in return. Nonetheless, this won’t help him much against an Islanders team that will be out looking for blood.

Islanders Betting Form

The Islanders took Monday’s frustrations out on the Detroit Red Wings the next night. They won that game by the score of 8-2. Now, they get to take those same frustrations out on the team that embarrassed them the night before. As we mentioned in Monday’s article, the Islanders are clearly the better team in this matchup. However, they did not show that and we expect the Rangers to get a fluid reminder.

In Tuesday’s win, the Islanders broke out for a season-high eight goals against the NHL’s worst defensive team. Tonight, they’ll be facing a team that is the fifth-worst in terms of goals allowed per game (3.31). It’ll likely be Mathew Barzal (17 G, 22 A), Brock Nelson (18 G ,17 A), Anders Lee (14 G, 13 A) and Jordan Eberle (6 G, 16 A) getting busy on the scoresheet once again.

Semyon Varlamov likely gets the start on Thursday night. The Rangers did him dirty for six goals on 35 shots on Monday, so you know he’ll be looking for revenge. Varlamov was actually playing well prior to that loss. It wouldn’t surprise us at all if he pitched a shutout in this one.

This is also the first time the Islanders have hosted the Rangers at Nassau Coliseum since March 2015. That’ll be more than enough to keep this Long Island crowd up and jumping throughout the contest. Rangers fans will certainly be in the building, but the hometown faithful certainly won’t let this turn into the second-coming of Madison Square Garden.

NHL Computer Pick (1/16/20): Islanders Puck Line -1.5 (+160)

While it may not look like it from the outside, the Islanders are in an excellent spot. As we mentioned, it’s so hard to beat a team twice and one week; the Rangers did so and were basically laughing it up. Don’t think the Islanders took too kindly to that, and they’ll be looking to make the Rangers pay for that — by enough to cover the spread of 1.5 goals and win the game. The Rangers Islanders rivalry even gets renewed once again on Tuesday, so the Islanders are expected to make a statement tonight.