The NHL is set up with a great night of action on April 20. Eight games are up on the board throughout Tuesday night. One of these games will be between the New York Rangers and the New York Islanders. These two teams have been solid this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 7:00 PM Eastern time.
The Rangers have earned a record of 23-16-6 to this point in the season, which has them in fifth place of the East Division. New York has won four games in a row and six of their last eight. The Rangers are four points back on the Boston Bruins and will look to close that gap with a win in this one. I expect New York to come out quick on Tuesday night as they need a big win.
The Islanders have posted a record of 28-13-4 throughout this season, which has them in second place of the East Division. New York is two points behind the Washington Capitals and tie them up with a win in this one. The Islanders are coming off a win in their last game, but have lost three of their last five. New York will look to get back on a winning streak with a win in this matchup.
These two teams have been strong throughout this season, but will need a big win in this one. The Rangers are outside of the playoff race, but they could inch closer with a win in this one. The Islanders are trying to keep pace with the Capitals as well. Both teams need a big two points on Tuesday night as we close in on the final stretch.
The Rangers and the Islanders have met up five times so far this season. The Rangers hosted the first two games of the season series on January 14 and 16. Anders Lee had two goals in the first game as the Islanders won 4-0. Pavel Buchnevich had two goals and an assist in the second game, while Artemi Panarin had two goals. The Rangers earned a 5-0 win at home.
The third game of the season series was hosted by the Rangers on February 8. Igor Shesterkin finished with 28 saves on 30 shots, which was not enough for the Rangers. Matt Martin had a goal and an assist on the night, while Casey Cizikas had a goal as well. Semyon Varlamov earned a 30 shot shutout as the Islanders won 2-0.
The Islanders hosted the fourth game of the season series on April 9. Andy Greene scored a goal for the Islanders, but this time it was not enough. Artemi Panarin had two assists on the night. Alexandar Georgiev had 31 saves on 32 shots as the Rangers bounced back with a 4-1 win on the road to tie the season series back up.
The fifth game of the season series was hosted by the Islanders on April 11. Libor Hajek and Brenden Smith both had goals on the night to help force overtime. Mathew Barzal had two assists on the night, to help give New York the win. Ryan Pulock scored the game winner in overtime. Ilya Sorokin had 24 saves on 26 shots to help the Islanders win 3-2.
The Rangers have been solid on the power play so far this season. New York has capitalized on 32 of their 154 power play opportunities, which is a 20.8 percent success rate. The Rangers have been even better on the penalty kill. New York has given up 20 power play goals on 134 penalties against, which is an 85.1 percent penalty kill.
The Islanders have struggled a bit on the penalty kill throughout this season. New York has scored on 21 of their 123 power play chances, which is a 17.1 percent power play. The Islanders have been solid on the penalty kill though. New York has killed off 92 of their opponents 112 power play attempts, which is an 82.1 percent kill rate.
The Rangers have a slight edge on the power play in this one. The Islanders have struggled on the power play, but have been solid on the penalty kill. Both teams have been a bit better on the penalty kill. If either team can capitalize on the man advantage though, it could be enough to earn a big win on Tuesday night.
Igor Shesterkin will likely get the start in the crease for the Rangers in this one. Shesterkin has earned a record of 13-9-3 throughout his games played this season. He has posted a .925 save percentage and a GAA of 2.28. Shesterkin’s last start was against the New Jersey Devils where he stopped 30 of 33 shots in route to the win.
I expect Semyon Varlamov to get the nod between the pipes for the Islanders on Tuesday night. Varlamov has started in 28 games this season, going 16-9-3 throughout those matchups. He has put up a save percentage of .922 and a 2.24 GAA through those games. Varlamov finished with 41 saves on 44 shots in his last start against the Boston Bruins in the loss.
These two goalies have been really strong throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. Shesterkin has been a bit better, but Varlamov is coming off back to back losses. I think Varlamov will bounce back with a strong start in this one though. Both teams need to put pressure on these goalies early to try and gain an early lead before the goaltenders get comfortable.
The Islanders have been a bit better throughout this season and I think they will earn a win in this one. The Rangers have won two of the five games against the Islanders and will look to tie up the season series again in this one. I think Varlamov will come out hot in this one though. The Islanders have been better five on five and will look to control this game.
BetOnline has the Islanders listed as a -122 against the money line in this one. This implies that they will win this game around 53.7 percent of the time. The Rangers have been really hot as of late, but I think that the Islanders will end their winning streak in this one. I really like the Islanders to earn the win at home in this one and as slight favorites, they have a lot of value.