Islanders vs Rangers Prediction NHL Picks Today 2/18

Islanders vs Rangers Prediction NHL Picks Today 2/18

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Preview: New York Rangers vs. New York Islanders - Battle of New York

Introduction

Get ready for a thrilling showdown as the New York Rangers take on the New York Islanders in the Navy Federal Credit Union Stadium Series. This preview provides insights into player statistics, recent team performances, and offers a prediction for the game scheduled on February 18, 2024, at 1:00 PM.

 

New York Rangers

The New York Rangers, sitting atop the Metropolitan Division with a record of 35-16-3, enter this game as the favorites.

Goaltender Matchup:

Igor Shesterkin (21 wins, 2.78 GA/G, .902 SV%) is expected to guard the net for the Rangers, providing solid defense against the Islanders' offense.

 

Game Information

The highly anticipated game will be hosted at MetLife Stadium on February 18, 2024, at 1:00 PM, promising an electrifying atmosphere for hockey fans.

 

Scoring Leaders

Key players for the Rangers include Artemi Panarin, leading with 71 points (31 goals, 40 assists), while Mathew Barzal leads the Islanders with 56 points (15 goals, 41 assists).

 

Injury Report

The Rangers' Blake Wheeler is listed on long-term injured reserve. For the Islanders, Hudson Fasching and Alexander Romanov are day-to-day.

 

Team Stats

Review the team statistics:

Team GF/G GA/G SF/G SA/G PIM PPG PCT PPGA PCT SHG SHGA
New York Rangers 3.30 2.76 31.1 28.5 457 42 25.6 25 83.6 4 0
New York Islanders 2.91 3.26 29.9 34.3 400 33 22.8 45 71.7 9 0

 

Recent Performances

Here are the last 5 games for both teams:

New York Rangers

The Rangers secured victories against Montreal (2/15) and Calgary (2/12) in their recent matchups.

New York Islanders

The Islanders faced a shootout loss against Seattle (2/13) after winning against Tampa Bay (2/8) in their recent games.

 

Prediction

Despite the New York Rangers' recent strong performances and their position at the top of the division, history favors the New York Islanders in this rivalry. The Islanders have defeated the Rangers in their last two encounters last season, indicating their ability to perform against their cross-town rivals. Considering this trend and the Islanders' resilience, the ML pick for this game leans towards the Islanders.

Pick: New York Islanders ML

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