New York Islanders vs. New York Rangers, Thursday, Las Vegas Odds, NHL Sports Betting, Picks and Predictions

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NY Islanders at NY Rangers, NHL Sports Betting Lines
When: 7:00 PM ET, Thursday, October 19, 2017
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
TV: 7 p.m. ET, MSG-Plus 2 (Islanders), MSG (Rangers)
Team Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Puck Line Money Line Total
55 New York Islanders +1½ -267 +113 Ov 5½ -111
56 New York Rangers -1½ +227 -125 Un 5½ +101
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The division rival New York Islanders and New York Rangers are set to renew hostilities on Thursday when they meet at Madison Square Garden.

ABOUT THE ISLANDERS (2-3-1): The Islanders’ power play continues to be stuck in the mud, as they are one of two teams without a man-advantage goal while failing on all 20 chances. “The power play’s been letting us down so far,” captain John Tavares told reporters. “Some good things at times, other times we’re not executing and other times we’re not getting good bounces. It’s a combination of a few things.” Tavares also is struggling, failing to register a point in five of the team’s six games.

ABOUT THE RANGERS (1-5-1): Among the lineup changes made by coach Alain Vigneault while juggling his lines for Tuesday’s game was inserting Adam Cracknell, recently claimed off waivers from Dallas, onto the fourth line as center. Cracknell was on a line with Michael Grabner and Pavel Buchnevich, who collected his first goal of the season. Captain Ryan McDonagh was not at Wednesday’s practice due to a maintenance day but Vigneault said he expects the defenseman to be in the lineup Thursday.

Oddsmakers opened the Rangers as -137-moneyline favorites versus the Islanders, while the game’s total opened at 5.5.

Perhaps the Battle of New York will help provide a spark for the city’s two hockey teams, who will square off for the first time this season on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden. The New York Rangers are mired in a four-game losing streak and certainly could use any kind of a jolt when they host the New York Islanders.

Not only are the Rangers buried in last place in the Metropolitan Division, but they are off to their worst seven-game start since the 1959-60 season after dropping a 5-4 overtime decision to visiting Pittsburgh on Tuesday night. “It’s tough to find wins right now,” said defenseman Marc Staal after the Rangers allowed a last-minute tying goal in their loss to the reigning Stanley Cup champions. The Islanders are returning from a three-game California road trip but, aside from getting waxed at Columbus in the season opener, are playing better of late. During their current 1-2-1 stretch, the Islanders’ three losses have all come by 3-2 scores – including Sunday’s setback at Los Angeles.

New York was a 5-4 loser in its last match at home against the Penguins. They lost as favorites, while the total score of 9 made winners of OVER bettors.

New York lost its last outing, a 3-2 result against the Kings on October 15. Bettors who backed the Kings at -131 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

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New York:
Team record: 2-3-1 SU
NY Islanders is 9-2 ATS in its last 11 games
NY Islanders is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games
NY Islanders is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games

New York:
Team record: 1-5-1 SU
Current Streak: lost 4 straight games.
NY Rangers is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games
NY Rangers is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of NY Rangers’s last 5 games

Next up:
New York home to San Jose Saturday, October 21
New York home to Nashville Saturday, October 21

NHL Hockey Betting Tips

1. The Islanders are 7-1-0 in the last eight against the Rangers and have won eight of the last 10 at Madison Square Garden.

2. The Rangers have surrendered seven power-play goals during the first seven games.

3. The Islanders have failed to score a power-play goal only once in the season’s first seven games – in 1973-74.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Picks: New York Rangers will win outright at -125 and the game will go over 5½ goals according to

PREDICTION: Rangers 4, Islanders 3 at .

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