Monday NHL Betting Odds & Picks: Islanders-Rangers, Hurricanes-Capitals Highlight Slate (Jan. 13, 2020)

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Jan 13, 2020, 01:22 PM EST

The NHL season is a slog. A marathon. A long tango.

It’s important to remember that when reacting to the results of one or two or even five games.

That being said, Monday night’s schedule is full of intriguing matchups, including the Battle for New York between the Islanders and Rangers.

Islanders vs. Rangers Betting Odds

  • Islanders odds: -130
  • Rangers odds: +110
  • Over/Under: 6
  • Time: 7 p.m. ET

A quick housekeeping note: The writer of this column is a diehard New York Islanders fan and nothing would ruin his life quite like a Rangers Stanley Cup. That being said, he has no problem betting against the Islanders.

The Islanders and Rangers play very different styles of hockey. The Islanders lack scoring talent and depth up front, but their focus on defensive structure and suppressing quality scoring chances has led to some surprisingly strong results in a season-and-a-half under Barry Trotz.

The Rangers have plenty of high-end talent, led by Artemi Panarin up front, but their back-and-forth style leaves them exposed defensively.

Both teams comes into this game in good form. Over the last month, the Islanders have the 10th-best expected goals rate (52.1%) while the Rangers sit 12th (51.6%). The way they have achieved those results couldn’t be more different.


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The Islanders are allowing just 2.14 expected goals against per 60 minutes at 5-on-5 in their last 13 games, a stretch includes games against Colorado, Toronto, Nashville, Boston, Chicago and Washington.

The Islanders have a simple gameplan — make life difficult on the opposing offense and turn mistakes into scoring chances. It may not be the prettiest hockey, but the Islanders have no choice given their roster makeup.

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