New York Rangers (20-13-4) at Detroit Red Wings (13-16-7)
|Date & Time||Friday December 29, 2017, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Detroit Red Wings +113 / New York Rangers -125 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The New York Rangers look to improve on their modest road record as they head into Little Caesar’s Arena to face off with the Detroit Red Wings.
The Rangers look for a rare road victory in the Motor City on Friday night as they carry their 5-7 mark away from home into Little Caesar’s Arena to face off with the Detroit Red Wings who are in the midst of another disappointing campaign. The Rangers are coming off a 1-0 shutout victory over the Washington Capitals at MSG on Wednesday and will look for their 21st win of the season against the Red Wings who are 3-5-2 in their last 10 contests and will have to deal with Henrik Lundqvist who is expected to make his return to the crease after a night off on Wednesday. New York is 7-16 on the road in their last 23 games but catch a Wings side that is 2-8 in their last 10 at home and haven’t looked like a playoff team at any point this season.
The Red Wings had their impressive playoff streak snapped last season and while many considered it to be an aberration that would resolve itself this season it looks as though this group is moving more towards a full rebuild than a reload and making the playoffs this year looks to be far fetched. The Wings do have some budding young talent but they are still lost without Pavel Dastyuk who abruptly left two seasons ago to head back to the KHL and his offensive void and creativity has yet to be filled and until someone can step up and be the new face of the franchise it could be a long stretch of futility for a team that has been the model of consistency over the last 20 years.
The Blue Shirts are 17-8 in their last 25 overall and 7-1 in their last eight after scoring two or less in their previous outing while the Wings are 3-13 in their last 16 overall but 9-3 in their last 12 at home against the Rangers. New York can’t seem to find a way to win in Detroit but they have won four of five against them and should be able to get it done at a decent price here.