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New York Rangers vs. Detroit Red Wings

New York Rangers (27-28-11, 65 points) @ Red Wings (23-33-10, 56 points)

March 7, 2019, 7:30 PM EST (Little Caesars Arena)

Moneyline: New York Rangers -110/ Detroit Red Wings -110

Puckline: New York Rangers -1.5

Over/Under: 5.5

ESPN NHL Scores: Detroit Red Wings vs. New York Rangers

The New York Rangers are 3-4-3 in their last ten games and have lost 5 straight, including a shutout loss to the Dallas Stars. New York was supposed to be competing with the Wings for last place this year, so this appears to be the timeframe in which they become the bad team they were supposed to be.

The Detroit Red Wings are 2-5-3 in their last ten games and have lost eight in-a-row. Detroit sold some key pieces at the trade deadline, so any success they have, heading into April, will be a surprise.

New York Rangers

As the New York Rangers slowly, roll their way to the finish line, they’ve found a few different new ways to lose and struggle. They’ve struggled offensively, defensively, have gotten bad goaltending, and can’t seem to find ways to win, even while at home.

Like the Red Wings, the Rangers have locked up a ton of first round picks for the 2019 draft, so the losing makes sense. But for scoring during this season, the loss of two top-4 forwards in Mats Zuccarello and Kevin Hayes will make it hard to pick them to win.

What they have left is 25-year-old Mika Zibanejad, who has nearly played at a point-per-game pace (63 points in 66 games). His success is out of character for a team that has the second least Corsi-For events and fifth most Corsi-Against events.

While being outshot for most of the season and losing two of their top forwards, the Rangers will have to play tighter on ‘D’ and hope to win late.

Detroit Red Wings

When you lose eight-in-a-row, you’re beyond making a statement about your season. The Red Wings are a bad hockey team and the worst part is that everyone saw this coming. While they had a pretty good November due to some stellar goaltending, they’re now losing because of it.

And it’s not just “bad goaltending”, because the Red Wings are one of the worst Corsi teams in the league. Possession-wise, the Red Wing’s opponents are usually skating circles around them, with the Red Wings owning the 26th ranked CorsiFor% (47.9%).

Fortunately, the Red Wings got some scoring from their 2018 first round pick, Filip Zadina in their contest with the Colorado Avalanche. I’m a tad bit biased (as a Wings fan), but that goal looked like Alexander Ovechkin on the power play. One goal should lead to two goals, which should lead to confidence and more ice-time.

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New York Rangers

NY is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games

Rangers are 0-5 SU in its last 5 games

New York Rangers is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road

Detroit Red Wings

Detroit is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games

Red Wings are 0-5 SU in its last 5 games

The total has gone OVER in 4 of Detroit’s last 6 games

Free NHL Predictions: New York Rangers @ Detroit Red Wings

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This being only their second game against each other, it’s tough to put too much meaning into the result. The teams have also changed so much on their respective rosters.

Regardless, the result was 3-2 comeback victory for the Wings at Little Caesars Arena. The Rangers got two power-play goals in the first, but a more disciplined 2nd and 3rd period allow the Red Wings to tie it up and then win in OT.

I think since both of these teams have given up, they’ll come into this game wanting to open things up. Give the younger names on the roster a chance to prove themselves and earn a spot for next year. Keep in mind, neither team is the heavy favorite and you have to do larger bets to win through a MoneyLine bet.

Pick: Detroit Red Wings +1.5, Over 5.5

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