The New York Rangers and the New York Islanders meet in NHL action from the Nassau Coliseum on Friday night.
The New York Rangers will look to rebound from a 5-2 loss to the Penguins in their last matchup. Artemi Panarin leads the Rangers in scoring with 40 points including a team-high 28 assists while Ryan Strome has 36 points with 12 goals and 24 assists and Adam Fox has a team-high 31 assists as part of his 36-point tally this season. Pavel Buchnevich has 34 points with 15 goals while Chris Kreider has a team-high 17 goals this season. Mika Zibanejad also has 13 goals and 17 assists for New York on the year. As a team, the Rangers are averaging 3.3 goals on 29.5 shots with a 19.7% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.7 goals on 28.9 shots with an 84.6% success rate on the PK this season.
The New York Islanders will be out to build on a 3-2 shootout win over the Flyers in their last matchup. Mathew Barzal leads the Islanders in scoring with 34 points including 13 goals and 21 assists while Nick Leddy has 25 points with a team-high 24 assists this season. Brock Nelson leads the Islanders with 14 goals on the year while Jordan Eberle and J-G Pageau each have double-digit goal and assist numbers this season. Josh Bailey also has 24 points with 18 assists for the Islanders this season. As a team, New York is averaging 2.9 goals on 29.5 shots per game with a 16.9% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.3 goals on 27.4 shots with an 80.6% kill rate on the PK this season.
The Rangers are 16-35 in their last 51 Friday games and 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on no rest while the under is 7-2-2 in their last 11 road games. The Islanders are 20-7 in their last 27 games overall and 42-17 in their last 59 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 7-1 in their last 8 Friday games. The Rangers are 7-16 in the last 23 meetings between these two teams.
I gave a look to the Rangers here because anything can happen in these rivalry matchups, but the Rangers were just humbled by the Penguins on Thursday and on a quick turnaround have to travel to play an Islanders team that’s been flat out money on home ice this season. I just don’t feel that this is a good schedule spot for the Rangers so I’ll back the Isles at home here.