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Minnesota Wild vs. New York Rangers - 3/16/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
New York Rangers at Minnesota Wild
Date & Time Saturday March 16, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Xcel Energy Center
Saint Paul, Minnesota
The Line
The Line: New York Rangers +185 / Minnesota Wild -230 -- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
FSN, MSG
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NHL | New York Rangers at Minnesota Wild
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The New York Rangers and Minnesota Wild meet Saturday in NHL action at the Xcel Energy Center.

The New York Rangers could use a win here after losing 10 of their last 12 games. The New York Rangers are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 19.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Mika Zibanejad leads New York with 27 goals, Chris Kreider has 23 assists and Jimmy Vesey has 135 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 78.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Henrik Lundqvist has given up 139 goals on 1,521 shots faced and Alexandar Georgiev has allowed 73 goals on 789 shots. The New York Rangers have allowed three or more goals in nine of their last 12 games.

The Minnesota Wild also need a win after losing five of their last six games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 20.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Zach Parise leads Minnesota with 24 goals, Ryan Suter has 37 assists and Eric Staal has 190 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 80.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 147 goals on 1,647 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 45 goals on 427 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed three or more goals in five of their last six games.

The Rangers are 29-63 in their last 92 games as an underdog, 17-42 in their last 59 games as a road underdog and 17-42 in their last 59 road games. The Wild are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest, 3-9 in their last 12 games as a favorite and 1-7 in their last 8 games as a home favorite. The Rangers are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings and the road team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The under is 5-0-2 in Rangers last 7 overall. The under is 9-2-2 in Wild last 13 overall.

Neither team is playing well entering this contest, but it doesn't get much colder than what the New York Rangers have gone through these last couple of months. Backing a team that's won just six times since February 2 and can't keep the puck out of the back net doesn't seem too wise. The Minnesota Wild should be able to get back on track against a Rangers club that's done nothing but pile up losses. 

Pick:
Minnesota Wild -230

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