Minnesota Wild at New York Rangers
|Date & Time||Thursday February 21, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
Madison Square Garden
New York City, New York
The Line: Minnesota Wild +100 / New York Rangers -110 -- Over/Under: 6
The Minnesota Wild and New York Rangers meet Thursday in NHL action at Madison Square Garden.
The Minnesota Wild could use a victory here to snap a five-game losing streak. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 20.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Zach Parise leads Minnesota with 23 goals, Mikael Granlund has 34 assists and Eric Staal has 167 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing three goals per game and are killing 80.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 126 goals on 1,372 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 40 goals on 362 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed four or more goals in seven of their last nine games.
The New York Rangers look for a victory after splitting their last 12 games. The New York Rangers are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 21.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Mika Zibanejad leads New York with 26 goals, Kevin Hayes has 28 assists and Chris Kreider has 161 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 77.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Henrik Lundqvist has given up 120 goals on 1,321 shots faced and Alexandar Georgiev has allowed 61 goals on 634 shots. The New York Rangers have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last 10 games.
The Wild are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest, 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 0-5 in their last 5 overall. The Rangers are 7-3 in their last 10 games as a favorite, 5-11 in their last 16 home games and 4-12 in their last 16 Thursday games. The under is 14-6-1 in Wild last 21 games playing on 1 days rest. The over is 3-0-1 in Rangers last 4 vs. Western Conference. The favorite is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings and the over is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings in New York.
The Minnesota Wild have won four of the last six meetings against the New York Rangers, but they head into this matchup playing absolutely awful hockey. The Wild have been shutout in their last two games and when the offense does show up, the defense crumbles. The New York Rangers are wildly inconsistent and haven't been great at home lately, but they're coming off a productive four-game road trip and are getting a slumping team on their home ice. I have to side with the home team and the cheap price.