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Rangers vs Islanders Odds, Prediction and Best NHL Pick for Wednesday

Chris Wassel

by Chris Wassel in NHL Hockey

Nov 23, 2021 · 5:00 PM PST

Rangers vs Islanders Wednesday NHL odds
New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin (31) stops a shot on goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers, Monday, Nov. 8, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
  • New York Rangers vs New York Islanders goes down on Wednesday, November 24th at 7:30 PM ET, in the first “Battle Of New York” this season
  • Igor Shesterkin is projected to start against Semyon Varlamov 
  • Read below for the Rangers vs Islanders odds, prediction, and best NHL betting pick for Wednesday

The New York Rangers head to Long Island as the two New York NHL teams get reacquainted on Wednesday, November 24th, 2021. Puck drop is set for 7:30 PM EST at UBS Arena and will be broadcast on MSG and MSG+2. The New York Islanders are listed at -106 with the Rangers at -114 in the Barstool Sportsbook Rangers vs Islanders odds. The total for this matchup in the Wednesday NHL odds is listed at 5.5 with the juice on the under.

Will the New York Rangers be able to steal a rare road win against the New York Islanders in their new home arena? Or will it be the same old same old in this rivalry? Let’s dig into the Rangers vs Islanders odds and find out what the best NHL pick is for Wednesday, November 24th, 2021.

Rangers vs Islanders Odds 

Team Moneyline Spread Total
New York Rangers -114 -1.5 (+215) O 5.5 (+102)
New York Islanders -106 +1.5 (-278) U 5.5 (-124)

Odds as of November 23rd at Barstool Sportsbook

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Varlamov Hurts Islanders’ Value in Wednesday NHL Odds

While Semyon Varlamov was out of the lineup, Ilya Sorokin held the fort for what was an average looking New York Islanders team on an epic road trip. The Islanders’ last win was on November 6th against the Winnipeg Jets. Since then, there have been six straight defeats. That includes three attributed to Varlamov, who yielded ten goals in those games.

Varlamov is expected to make his fourth start of the season on Wednesday when the Rangers vs Islanders showdown. His form has been as shaky as the Islanders’ defense has been as of late (3.13 goals per game allowed). It is hard to fathom the 33-year-old was a dark-horse contender in the Vezina Trophy odds for last season. Varlamov’s poor start is primarily why Islanders are home underdogs in the Wednesday NHL odds for Rangers vs Islanders.

Islanders NHL Odds Dip Through Injuries and COVID

During the first month and a half, there has been a significant dip in the New York Islanders Stanley Cup odds. This is a team that started the season at +1500 to win the Stanley Cup. New York stands now at +2500 on DraftKings and worse elsewhere. The losing streak has dropped them to a 5-8-2 record. Worse, they are now outside the top ten for the first time after two straight home defeats.

Poor play and a struggling offense (dead last in goals scored with 31) were not bad enough. Now, the Islanders have been struck by COVID. There had even been questions whether Wednesday night’s game would take place as scheduled.

If it rains, then it pours. New York has just added Zdeno Chara to the list. Thomas Hickey was called up. Also, Brock Nelson is out 2-4 weeks due to an injury.

While all is not lost for the New York Islanders, the fact that Zach Parise and Kiefer Bellows flanked Matthew Barzal in their previous game against Toronto speaks volumes.

Rangers vs Islanders Recent Results

Date Result Moneyline Puckline Over/Under
5/1/2021 Islanders 3 Rangers 0  NYI NYI Under
4/29/2021 Islanders 4 Rangers 0 NYI NYI Under
4/20/2021 Islanders 6 Rangers 1 NYI NYI Over
4/11/2021 Islanders 3 Rangers 2 (OT) NYI  NYR Under
4/9/2021 Rangers 4 Islanders 1 NYR NYR Under

Rangers vs Islanders Prediction & Pick

The New York Rangers have all of the momentum heading into Wednesday night, which explains why the NHL betting public favor the Rangers moneyline. The Blueshirts have scored 51 goals and allowed 51 goals. Predicting what the Rangers normally do versus the Islanders compared to this season could be night and day. The team that plays at Madison Square Garden is 11-4-3 behind the play of Igor Shesterkin (2.33 GAA, 931 save percentage, nine wins). It’s clear which side has the goaltending advantage in Rangers vs Islanders.

For the Rangers, the key will be to establish their pace and wear down the Islanders. Chris Kreider, Adam Fox, Artemi Panarin, and Mika Zibanejad must be more of a presence against a team they have struggled mightily against.

As for the Islanders, they may need a miracle. A spark. Something! The urgency is real. They need a fast start somehow, and players who have scored little need to step up. Honestly, the Islanders may not have the energy nor stamina to keep up.

Take the Rangers moneyline as they are currently listed as a slight favorite at Barstool Sportsbook in the Rangers vs Islanders odds.

Pick: Rangers Moneyline (-115)

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