Struggling Teams Looking to End Skids
There are some great rivalries throughout the NHL, but it’s hard to find one bigger than the matchup between the New York Islanders and New York Rangers. These teams are set to take center stage on Wednesday night, and each team has to find a way to win this one.
The Rangers have lost three straight games and four of their last five overall. They have still racked up eight points but must find a way to start winning some games to end this skid.
The New York Islanders have also lost three straight games, but they haven’t been able to send games into overtime like the Rangers. The Isles have just four points and are in last place in the Metropolitan Division.
The NHL odds for this game have the host Islanders as the betting favorites on the moneyline.
Rangers Seeking Offense
After a 3-2 shootout loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night, Rangers head coach Gerard Gallant said: “It was a good hockey game, exciting for the fans — back and forth with great goaltending.” New York has been getting some good goaltending play but just hasn’t been finding any offense.
The Rangers have scored just five total goals in the last three games, and two of them have resulted in an overtime loss. They have converted on the power play six times through seven games, but they have struggled at even strength.
Goaltender Igor Shesterkin has continued to give his team a chance to win some games as he is 3-0-2 with a 2.57 goals-against average.
Islanders Want to Slow it Down
The New York Islanders are comfortable playing in low-scoring games, as that actually gives them the best chance to be successful. They are scoring 3.17 goals per game, but they want to try to win this matchup with three goals or less.
Anders Lee has been the offensive star for the Islanders, leading the team with four goals and three assists. The Islanders have struggled with power play, and that is one area in which they have to improve.
Goaltender Ilya Sorokin has been decent but has also gone just 1-3-0 overall. Sorokin will need to put together a great game if this team is going to compete in this one.
Rangers vs Islanders Game Injuries
Rangers vs Islanders Head-to-Head
These two teams couldn’t be any tighter when looking at the past history of this rivalry. The overall series stands at 153-153-19. The 2021-22 season played out just as tight as both teams picked up two wins in the four overall matchups.
Rangers vs Islanders Game Information
- Game: Rangers (3-2-2) vs Islanders (2-4-0)
- Location: UBS Arena, Elmont, NY
- Day/Time: Wednesday, Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m. ET
- Rangers vs Islanders Live stream: NHL.TV
Rangers vs Islanders Betting Lines
Rangers vs Islanders Prediction
This is always a game that features a ton of hard-hitting, and that is going to be the case yet again in this matchup. There is just no love lost in this rivalry, and that’s why it’s always a fun NHL betting online opportunity.
Both teams come into this game with some issues, but it is the Rangers that are the much more complete team. This is going to be a tight, low-scoring affair, but it will be the Rangers that come up with the clutch goal late in the game.
Head to BetUS Sportsbook and take the New York Rangers as they end their losing streak and pick up a big victory over their rivals.