Red Wings (24-37-10, 58 points) @ New York Rangers (28-31-13, 69 points)
March 19, 2019, 7:00 PM EST (Madison Square Garden)
Moneyline: New York Rangers -150/ Detroit Red Wings +130
Puckline: New York Rangers -1.5
ESPN NHL Scores: Detroit Red Wings vs. New York Rangers
The Red Wings seem to like beating New York teams. Their last two wins (and only two in their past ten) have come against d Rangers and the Islanders. Will their streak continue?
For the New York Rangers, they’re on a three-game losing streak and have only secured one victory their last ten games. After a four-game road trip, will Madison Square Garden help provides enough support?
Detroit Red Wings
This past Saturday’s win, against the New York Islanders, was an analytics nightmare. The Islanders destroyed the Wings in shots 42-22 (much like their last meeting this year, 48-21). However, this match included Jonathan Bernier, practically standing on his head, stopping 97.6% of shots.
Nearing the end of the season, the Red Wings shouldn’t hope for more goaltending performances like that. Bernier, who was a sub-.900 goalies before this game, is now boating a .902 save percentage. Not great, but the low percentages tell the story of how difficult this season has been for Bernier.
Detroit will not be lucky to keep finding wins like this, as they should be trying to better their chances at landing Jack Hughes. What’s insane is the list of injuries wasn’t enough for the Islanders to overcome either. Mike Green, Jonathan Ericsson, and now Justin Abdelkader are out. Point being, the last game was an outlier, to an otherwise unfortunate season.
New York Rangers
Fans searching for a team to count-on, heading into the tail end of the 2018-19 season, should look far away from the New York Rangers. With their top their talent being traded away, the Rangers have only picked up one win in their last ten games.
Even from a defensive perspective, the Rangers appear to be getting worse. In their last three games, the Rangers have allowed four, five, and five goals (respectively). None of this is too much of a surprise, considering the Rangers have allowed the 6th most goals this year.
And it’s not just the below-average goaltending (Henrik Lundqvist .909 SV% and Alexander Georgiev .905 SV%), they are also the second worst possession team in the league with a 46.3% CorsiFor.
Subpar goaltending, porous defense, and average scoring numbers have resulted in the ownership of one of the worst teams in the league.
Cover the Spread 365 NHL Betting Trends
Detroit Red Wings
Detroit is 5-2 ATS in its past 7 games
Red Wings are 2-12 SU in its previous 14 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Detroit’s last 6 games
New York Rangers
NY Rangers are 12-6 ATS in its last 18 games
Rangers are 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
New York is 1-10 SU in its last 11 games
Free NHL Predictions: Detroit Red Wings @ New York Rangers
Both teams stink, right? They both are coming off of a two-day vacation AND matchup well as negatively sided possession stats, coupled with bad goaltending.
The burden for the Red Wings is the numbers game and the law of averages. Bad defenses don’t get lucky two games in-a-row. And for the Rangers, it shouldn’t continue against a dilapidated group, like the Red Wings. When the Red Wings face struggling Corsi Teams, they usually lose the shot battle. Lundqvist will just need to be average tonight.