New York Rangers vs. Detroit Red Wings - 1/31/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Detroit Red Wings (12-35-4) at New York Rangers (23-21-4)
NHL Hockey: Friday, January 31, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Rangers / Detroit Red Wings --- Over/Under:
The Detroit Red Wings and New York Rangers meet Friday in NHL action at Madison Square Garden.
The Detroit Red Wings need a win to snap a six-game losing streak. The Detroit Red Wings are averaging 2.1 goals per game and are scoring on 14.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Tyler Bertuzzi leads Detroit with 17 goals, Dylan Larkin has 23 assists and Anthony Mantha has 95 shots on goal. Defensively, the Detroit Red Wings are allowing 3.9 goals per game and are killing 73.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Jimmy Howard has given up 82 goals on 702 shots faced and Jonathan Bernier has allowed 77 goals on 806 shots. The Detroit Red Wings have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 10 games.
The New York Rangers need a win after splitting their last 12 games. The New York Rangers are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 21.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Artemi Panarin leads New York with 26 goals, Pavel Buchnevich has 18 assists and Jacob Trouba has 124 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 78.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Henrik Lundqvist has given up 75 goals on 803 shots faced and Alexandar Georgiev has allowed 66 goals on 731 shots. The New York Rangers have allowed three or less goals in six of their last eight games.
The Red Wings are 13-40 in their last 53 road games, 2-6 in their last 8 Friday games and 12-41 in their last 53 overall. The Rangers are 5-2 in their last 7 home games, 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference and 8-24 in their last 32 Friday games. The under is 9-2 in Red Wings last 11 Friday games. The over is 13-3-2 in Rangers last 18 overall. The Red Wings are 3-8 in the last 11 meetings in New York and 5-1 in the last 6 meetings. The home team is 13-5 in the last 18 meetings. The under is 10-1-1 in the last 12 meetings in New York and 20-4-3 in the last 27 meetings.
The Detroit Red Wings can't win on the road to save their life and the constant defensive issues makes them that much tougher to get behind. You're sitting on a pile of cash if you've blindly faded the Red Wings this season, especially on the road. The New York Rangers are quietly improving their play over the last couple of weeks and have played their best hockey by far at home. While the Red Wings have won five of the last six meetings against the Rangers, I'll side with the home team in this contest.