Winnipeg Jets vs. New York Rangers - 12/18/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Rangers (19-9-4) at Winnipeg Jets (14-15-2)
NHL Hockey: Friday, December 18, 2015 at 8:00 pm (MTS Centre)
The Line: Winnipeg Jets / New York Rangers --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Rangers look to rebound after a tough loss in Minnesota last night as they head into Winnipeg to battle the Jets.
The Rangers head into Winnipeg on Friday night looking to send the Jets to their third straight loss and get back in the win column in the process in what should be a very exciting game between two playoff hopefuls. The Blue Shirts are in a bit of a funk right now and while their schedule hasn't been favourable they have come out on the losing end more times than expected of late and are stuck in a 3-6-1 slump that has them just a point up on the Isles for second in the Metro. New York also lost Antii Raanta last night who went down with an injury and while they are confirmed to start Henrik Lundqvist tonight anyways he didn't get a full games rest in and will be playing in a virtual back to back after playing most of last night's game against the Wild. The Rangers are 6-6-3 on the road this season while the Jets are 8-5-1 at home.
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The Jets have dropped back to back games and now sit in last place in the Central division and while the top end at this point looks to be out of reach as the Stars are 18 points clear of them heading into the weekend the Jets are still in a spot to play for a wild card berth. Winnipeg hasn't had a strong start and sit a game under .500 heading into tonight's game and if they're going to right the ship soon they need to start finding ways to beat the good teams and that includes tonight's game against the Rangers. Luckily for Winnipeg, the Rangers are battered and bruised after last night's game and should be in a good position to get a win here and while I am not confident enough to pull the trigger on the side I like the under here as New York needs to tighten up defensively and Winnipeg plays well in their own zone regardless.