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New York Rangers vs. New York Islanders preview: Odds, picks, predictions, injuries, TV & more

The 2024 edition of the NHL Stadium Series is taking place this weekend at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

A two-game set, it will be punctuated on Sunday afternoon when the New York Rangers and New York Islanders renew their in-city rivalry. 

Sunday’s showdown between the Rangers and Islanders marks a tale of two very different teams in the Metropolitan Division. 

With just 57 points, the Islanders need every point they can get in an effort to stay within striking distance of an Eastern Conference wild card. 

The Rangers, on 73 points, are simply looking to continue their dominance of the division while also extending a current six-game winning streak.

New York Rangers vs. New York Islanders odds

 

NY Rangers -150 ML 
NY Islanders +125 ML 
Puck LineNYR -1.5
Total O/U 5.5

New York Rangers v New York Islanders information

 

WhereMetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey 
When3 PM ET on Sunday, February 18 
TV channel ABC (United States), SN1, Sportsnet (Canada)

New York Rangers v New York Islanders predictions

New York Rangers ML (-150)  

The Rangers are on a roll. They have won six games in a row, including four by multiple goals, and twice during that stretch they have lit the lamp seven times. 

Chris Kreider has scored four goals in five games this month and in the same timeframe Adam Fox has dished out six assists. In two February starts goalie Igor Shesterkin is sporting a 1.47 goals-against average and .950 save percentage. 

Things are not going as well for the Islanders. They have not won back-to-back games since mid-December and dating back to December 15 they have lost 17 times to go along with only eight victories. 

It’s hard to see the Isles getting back on track at the expense of an opponent as hot as the Rangers.

Under 5.5 (-110) 

In 2020-21, four of the five head-to-head matchups in this in-city rivalry stayed under 5.5. One season later, three of the four meetings did the same. 

The two New York clubs faced each other just twice during the 2022-23 campaign and those contests averaged 5.0 goals. 

All of that shows that this matchup generally results in low-scoring affairs and Sunday’s game should be no different.

The Islanders have endured an offensive power outrage in their last two contests, while Shesterkin has given up a total of just three goals in his last two starts. 

It is also worth noting that the three most recent Stadium Series scores have been 3-1, 3-2 and 4-1. Of the 13 Stadium Series games in history, eight have resulted in no more than six goals. 

As for the NHL’s Winter Classic, an eye-popping 13 of 15 games – including 12 of the last 13 – have produced six goals or fewer. Look for this one to stay under 5.5.

Vincent Trochek Over 2.5 shots on goal (-110) 

Vincent Trochek (16 goals, 32 assists) has been peppering the opposition’s net of late. He has recorded at least three shots in three straight games and in four of the last five, including five shots in each of the past two outings. 

The Rangers’ center exceeded that tally in each of the two head-to-head matchups last season. In fact, Trochek put a whopping eight shots on net while recording a goal and an assist when the Rangers hosted the Islanders in November of 2022.

New York Rangers injury report 

Filip Chytil, C, upper body, out 

Ben Harpur, D, pectoral, out

New York Islanders injury report 

Hudson Fasching, RW, lower body, day-to-day 

Robert Bortuzzo, D, lower body, out

New York Rangers v New York Islanders stats 

  • Rangers center Mika Zibanejad has two goals in the last three games. However, he scored just once in 14 games against the Islanders over the previous three seasons. 
  • Islanders forward Anders Lee is seventh on the team with 20 points but has just one – an assist – in his last nine games.

Head-to-head

 

New York Rangers wins last three seasons 
New York Islanders wins last three seasons 
Overtime games last three seasons 

This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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