The New York Rangers will beat Big Apple rivals the Islanders at Yankee Stadium tonight, writes Unibet columnist Mike Fuller...
New York Islanders 2.80, the Draw 3.75, New York Rangers 2.25 – BET and STREAM live on Unibet TV from 00.35 GMT
If you've put in so much effort to build an ice rink in the middle of Yankee Stadium, why use it for just one game? There may be a few worries about maintaining the ice but the New York Rangers clearly enjoyed their experience on Sunday in locking up a 7-3 victory over New Jersey - and they've been given the chance to make it an outdoor double over their closest rivals.
Mats Zuccarello had two goals including the game winner to inspire the Rangers to a seventh victory in ten, Rick Nash is rolling at just under a goal every other game too as their goals per game average continues to rise. Losing three in a row all at home has checked the Islanders momentum though their last success 8 days ago came against today's opponents by a 5-3 scoreline.
Monday's 6-3 defeat by Boston only displayed their recent defensive regression further and even though the John Tavares/Kyle Okposo combo is one of the most productive in the league they can't account for the team conceding at least three in each of the last six contests. After passing on them at the weekend, jump on the Rangers to take the points here at 2.25.
Edmonton Oilers 3.50, the Draw 3.90, San Jose Sharks 1.90 – BET and STREAM live on Unibet TV from 02.35 GMT
Eager to bounce back from seeing their six-game winning streak come to an end, the Sharks have been very reliable versus the league's bottom clubs and seem unlikely to slip up against the West's basement club.
Hope must kill Oilers fans especially when they see two very solid performances in the last four days, there's been appeals for patience from their front office even though they readily admitted this season was supposed to be a real turning point. A David Perron hat trick last time out showed the offensive threat their top unit can produce but against strong opposition they've been outscored horrendously, as well as matchup up versus the Sharks' dominant lines they'll have to crack a defence that has allowed just 22 goals in 13 games during January.
It'd only be the second time the Oilers have won three straight and they've really struggled to make an impact in their two prior losses to San Jose because they spent so much time pinned in their own zone. When that happens again turnovers from Edmonton's fragile defence are inevitable so back the Sharks over the -1.5 handicap for 2.55.
Best Bet: New York Rangers to win at 2.25.