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N.Y. Islanders @ N.Y. Rangers | 01/15 | 12:00 AM UTC
N.Y. Rangers -110
Thursday will be the NHL debut of highly-touted rookie and 2020 No. 1 overall pick Alexis Lafreniere of the Rangers. Lafreniere will make history as the franchise’s only other first overall pick, Andre Veilleux in 1965, never made it to the NHL. With Henrik Lundqvist gone, Igor Shesterkin takes over as the primary Rangers goaltender and was 10-2-0 as a rookie with a 2.52 GAA. He hasn't faced the Islanders, who go with Semyon Varlamov. The Russian wasn't good vs. the Blueshirts a season ago, going 0-2-1 with a 4.64 GAA. The Islanders are 1-4 in the last five meetings.