Minnesota Wild vs. New York Rangers - 2/13/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Minnesota Wild vs. New York Rangers - 2/13/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers (28-23-4) at Minnesota Wild (27-23-6)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)

The Line: Minnesota Wild -133 / New York Rangers +120 --- Over/Under: 6

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The New York Rangers and Minnesota Wild meet Thursday in NHL action at the Xcel Energy Center.

The New York Rangers look to stay hot after winning five of their last seven games. The New York Rangers are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 23.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Artemi Panarin leads New York with 28 goals, Pavel Buchnevich has 22 assists and Jacob Trouba has 138 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 78.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Henrik Lundqvist has given up 79 goals on 852 shots faced and Alexandar Georgiev has allowed 70 goals on 765 shots. The New York Rangers have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 13 games.

The Minnesota Wild look for a win after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 21.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Zach Parise leads Minnesota with 21 goals, Ryan Suter has 32 assists and Eric Staal has 98 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 73.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 82 goals on 763 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 72 goals on 783 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed three or less goals in five straight games.

The Rangers are 4-1 in their last 5 games as an underdog, 4-1 in their last 5 Thursday games and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The Wild are 7-1 in their last 8 Thursday games, 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The under is 7-2-1 in Rangers last 10 overall. The under is 4-0-1 in Wild last 5 overall. The Rangers are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings. The under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.

The New York Rangers are a team to watch down the stretch, as it feels like they've figured out their defensive issues and they're starting to finish games in a way they couldn't earlier in the season. I'll watch the Rangers closely and always consider them in the underdog role. With that said, the Minnesota Wild are enjoying one of their better stretches of the season and have been money in the home favorite role. The Minnesota Wild have also won six of the last nine meetings against the Rangers. I'll lay the juice with the Wild in this spot. 

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Randy’s Pick Minnesota Wild -133

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