Rangers vs Islanders Pick
NHL betting action sees the New York Rangers taking on the New York Islanders on Tuesday March 10th at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Cappers Picks provides free NHL handicapping tips all season long.
There’s a lot of premium puck being played in the Big Apple in 2014-15.
New York vs Long Island
Date/Time: Tuesday, March 10 2015, 7 pm EST
Venue: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale NY
NYR -110, Long Island -120
Tuesday night’s matchup on Long Island is in the heart of it, as the Blueshirts make the short commute south to take on Hart Trophy-candidate John Tavares and the upstart Isles.
With both teams playing fantastic hockey, it has the makings of a classic.
With a comeback win last night versus the lowly Maple Leafs, the Islanders are first in the Metropolitan division, with 90 points. The Rangers are hot on their heels, however, their 40-17-7 record is good for 87 points and second in the Metro.
Both clubs are paced by premium point-getters; Tavares for the home side and Rick Nash for the Rangers.
Were it not for Montreal goaltender Carey Price, Tavares would be the slam-dunk league MVP. Sure, Washington’s Alex Ovechkin is scoring like a banshee, but he has premium set-up man Nicklas Backstrom helping the cause.
The Islanders have made solid draft picks over the years, but the club wouldn’t be half of what they are without “Johnny T”. His 33 goals lead the team and his 72 points lead the entire NHL. Of course, he scored the OT-winner in Toronto last night.
Don’t sleep on the Rangers, though. With the deadline acquisition of puck-moving defenseman Keith Yandle, the Blueshirts are very well-positioned for another Stanley Cup appearance – maybe even a win this time.
It’s not just Nash getting it done, either; Deric Brassard has had a great campaign (leading the team in assists) and the Rangers have the third-best goals-against mark in the league – effective whether veteran superstar Henrik Lundqvist or backup Cam Talbot is in net.
Diminutive Martin St. Louis continues to defy Father Time and the Rangers also have a great young core that includes Mats Zuccarello, Derek Stepan, Kevin Hayes and Chris Kreider.
We haven’t even talked about a defensive unit that is probably the deepest in the NHL, further bolstered with the acquisition of Yandle.
So, it’ll be a tough task for the home team Islanders. This classic crosstown rivalry is always a must-see – one that is getting even closer in proximity when the Islanders move to Brooklyn next season.
The former “Long Island Electric Company” are hoping for a swan song in their last season in decrepit Nassau Coliseum.
With Tavares leading the charge, they might get it, although the home team should be in tough Tuesday night against a hungry and well-rested Rangers team.
New York Rangers 3, New York Islanders 2
As Long Island played in Toronto last night and is on the second leg of a back-to-back, seeing as these teams are so close, I will opt for the fresh legs tonight in Uniondale.
Take the UNDER