Islanders +155 vs. Rangers for Friday's NHL Picks

Ross Benjamin

Friday, January 31, 2014 3:04 PM GMT

Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 3:04 PM GMT

The Rangers host the Islanders on Friday at Madison Square Garden with the opening faceoff scheduled for 7:05 PM ET. Find out why we have decided to back the dog with our NHL picks in this Eastern Conference battle.

According to NHL betting odds the Rangers are a -175 money line home favorite and the posted total is 5.5. The game will be televised by the NHL Network. The road team has won the last 7-games between these two clubs. These teams have seen 4 of the last 5 meetings at Madison Square Garden go over the total. Their most recent meeting came on Wednesday in an outdoor game at Yankee Stadium with the Rangers winning 2-1.

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Rolling Rangers

The New York Rangers have really picked up the pace in the 2nd half of the season going 13-6 versus the money line in their last 19-games. Unfortunately for the Rangers, they continue to be inconsistent at home which has been the case all season. They’ve gone 4-4 in their last 8-games at Madison Square Garden, and are now a disappointing 12-16 versus the money line at home on the year. However, they’re play on the road has been nothing short of spectacular. They’re 17-10 versus the money line on the road for the year, including 5-0 in the last 5, and 7-1 in their last 8. The Rangers enter today 2nd in the Metropolitan Division, and 6th overall in the Eastern Conference. 

Going in Reverse Again

The Islanders seemed like they were on the verge of climbing back into the Eastern Conference playoff race until their current 4-game losing streak. Prior to this losing streak the Islanders had gone 10-4 in their previous 14-games. Once again they’re defensive deficiencies have reared their ugly heads in recent games. They’ve allowed 30-goals combined over their last 7-games. The 2-1 loss to the Rangers on Wednesday broke up a string of 7 consecutive games that had gone over the total. They’ve now gone over the total in 7 of the last 8, 9 of the last 11, and 11 of their last 14-games. The Islanders enter today last in the 8-team Metropolitan Division, and 14th overall in the Eastern Conference. The good news is that they’re just 8-points out of the 8th and final playoff position in the Eastern Conference.

NHL Betting System

Before locking in our NHL picks, lets take a look at a betting trend that offers us some betting insight. Any money line road underdog of between +100 to +200 that’s playing in the 2nd half of the season, they average 29.5 or more shots on goal for the year, and have had 30-shot or more on goal in each of their last 5-games, has gone 44-23 (65.7%) in the last 5 seasons.

Free Pick: Islanders +155 over the Rangers

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