A couple of teams currently on losing streaks, the Detroit Red Wings and the New York Rangers face off at Madison Square Garden. Fox Sports Detroit Plus will showcase this Original Six matchup, which gets going at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, January 31.
Detroit Red Wings at New York Rangers Odds
Earning 4.8 units for moneyline bettors, the Rangers are 23-25 straight up (SU) overall this year. That early-season winning percentage is a welcomed improvement compared to what the team did during the 2018-19 season (32-50). Among its 48 games this season, 23 have gone over the total, while an additional 23 have gone under and just two have pushed. This season, the team is 13-12 SU at home.
New York has connected on 21.6 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that places them in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is rated 21st overall, and it’s successfully killed off 78.7 percent of all penalties.
As a collective unit, NY has been penalized 4.6 times per game overall this season, and 3.8 per game over its last five home outings. The team’s had to defend opponent power plays for a whopping 14.8 minutes per game over its last 10 matchups, in total.
Averaging 29.1 saves per game with a .907 save percentage, Henrik Lundqvist (9-16-3) has been the primary goalkeeper for the Rangers this season. If they decide to give him the night off, however, the team could turn to Alexandar Georgiev (12-11-11 record, .910 save percentage, 3.11 goals against average).
The Broadway Blueshirts will continue to rely on offensive production out of Artemi Panarin and Ryan Strome. Panarin (68 points) has tallied 26 goals and 42 assists and has recorded multiple points 20 times this year. Strome has 12 goals and 31 assists to his name and has recorded a point in 28 contests.
Detroit has lost 20.1 units for moneyline bettors this year and is currently 12-39 straight up (SU). 23 of its games have gone over the total, while 22 have gone under the total and just six have pushed. Detroit’s 4-21 SU as the visiting team this season.
Detroit has converted on just 14.8 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a figure that places it in the bottom- overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 31st overall and it’s successfully killed off 73.4 percent of all penalties.
Detroit’s players have been penalized 3.6 times per game in total this season, and 2.6 per game over their last five on the road. The team’s been forced to defend opponent power plays 8.9 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Jonathan Bernier (26.0 saves per game) has been the primary choice in the net for Detroit. Bernier owns a 10-18-2 record, and has registered a .904 save percentage and 2.99 goals against average this year.
Dylan Larkin (13 goals, 23 assists) has been one of the top offensive facilitators for the visiting Red Wings.
Detroit Red Wings at New York Rangers Free Picks
Prediction: SU Winner – Rangers, O/U – Under
New York is 0-2 in games decided by shootout. Detroit is 1-1 in shootouts.
Detroit has managed 26.4 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while New York has been attempting 35.2 shots per game over its last five home outings.
Over Detroit’s last ten games, seven of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 0-7 in those games).
Detroit skaters have accounted for the 11th-most hits in the league (22.5 per game).