Madison Square Garden is playing host to an enticing matchup as the New York Rangers face off against the visiting Minnesota Wild. This East-West matchup will get going at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, November 25, and it’ll be showcased live on Fox Sports North Plus.
Minnesota Wild at New York Rangers Odds
New York enters the game as the slight favorite with a -115 moneyline. The line for Minnesota sits at -105, and the Over/Under (O/U) is placed at 6 goals (-120 for the over, +100 for the under).
The Rangers are 10-11 straight up (SU) and have earned 2.4 units for moneyline bettors this year. That early-season winning percentage is a welcomed improvement compared to what the team managed during last year’s regular season (32-50). 11 of its 21 outings have gone under the total, while 10 have gone over and none have pushed. The team is 6-6 SU at home this season.
New York’s converted on 20.5 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 26th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 73.8 percent of all penalties.
New York, as a collective unit, has been penalized 5.0 times per game overall this season, and 6.2 per game over its past five games. The team has been forced to kill penalties for a whopping 15.5 minutes per game over its last 10 matchups, overall.
Averaging 31.5 saves per game with a .909 save percentage, Henrik Lundqvist (five wins, eight losses, and one OT loss) has been the top goalkeeper for the Rangers this season. If they choose to give him a breather, however, head coach David Quinn may turn to Alexandar Georgiev (5-5-5 record, .903 save percentage, 3.42 goals against average).
The Broadway Blueshirts will continue to lean on the offensive production from Artemi Panarin and Ryan Strome. Panarin (27 points) has tallied 12 goals and 15 assists and has recorded multiple points in nine different games this year. Strome has six goals and 15 assists to his name and has recorded a point in 13 games.
Minnesota has lost 5.6 units for moneyline bettors this year and is currently 9-14 straight up (SU). 12 of its matches have gone over the total, while nine have gone under the total and just two have pushed. Minnesota’s 4-11 SU as an away team this season.
Minnesota has converted on 18.8 percent of its power play chances this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 16th overall and it’s successfully killed off 82.6 percent of all penalties.
Minnesota’s players have been penalized 3.7 times per game this season, 3.2 per game over their last five match ups total, and 4.2 per game over their last five games as the visiting team. The team has been forced to kill penalties just 6.4 minutes per game over their last five outings.
Devan Dubnyk (3.35 goals against average and .893 save percentage) has been the primary option in goal for Minnesota. Dubnyk is averaging 25.0 saves per game and owns a 4-10-2 record.
Eric Staal (seven goals, 10 assists) and Jason Zucker (eight goals, eight assists) have been the top playmakers for Minnesota and will lead the offensive counter for the visiting Wild.
Minnesota Wild vs. New York Rangers Betting Predictions
Prediction: SU Winner – Wild, O/U – Over
For both of these teams, the over has hit in three of their last five matchups.
The Rangers are 5-6 SU when they serve more penalty minutes than their opponent while the Wild are 1-5 SU in games where they spend more time in the box than their opponent.
New York skaters have forced 10.0 takeaways per game over its last five home games, an improvement over its season average of 8.3 takeaways per game (ranked 9th in the NHL).
Minnesota has managed 6.3 takeaways per game (ranked 27th in the league).