Money Line Pick
The Rangers are making a significant push for the playoffs and will now face their crosstown rivals on Tuesday night. The Rangers have won three in a row and seven of their last eight games. They are now just 4 points behind the Carolina Hurricanes for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Islanders not as hot, but have won two games in a row. Keep in mind that these two wins were against Detroit and San Jose so not exactly high tiered competition. They have lost four of their last six however, so facing a red-hot team like the Rangers could pose to be a problem. The Rangers have already won two of the three meetings this year and at plus money, I really like them here to remain hot.
Over Under Pick
This is not a total I love given how each team are playing as of late. The Rangers are scoring 3.6 goals on average over their last five, while allowing 2.2. The Islanders are playing more to the under, scoring 2 goals on averaging during the same stretch, an allowing 1.6. I think we will see a more defensive game because the Islanders are involved, so I lean to the under to be the play here. Again, this is a very small bet because the Rangers have shown they can score extremely quickly.