St. Louis Blues at New York Rangers - 3/2/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

St. Louis Blues at New York Rangers - 3/2/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers (33-15-5) vs St. Louis Blues (32-14-6)

Game Info: Wednesday, March 2, 2022 at 7:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)

Betting Odds: New York Rangers +107 / St. Louis Blues -132 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The New York Rangers Rangers host the St. Louis Blues in Wednesday NHL Action.

The St. Louis Blues come into this road contest with an overall record of 32-14-6. Through 52 games, the Blues are 2nd in the Central Division. On the season, they have found the net 188 times, good for a rank of 5th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, St. Louis is the 5th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.67 goals per game. So far, the Blues have a strength of schedule rating of 26th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 5th ranked team in the NHL. The New York Rangers Rangers get set to host the St. Louis Blues with an overall record of 33-15-5. This mark places them 3rd in the Metropolitan division.

Through 53 games, the Rangers have scored 157 goals, giving them an average of 2.89. This output gives them a rank of 19th among NHL teams. On defense, New York Rangers is the 3rd ranked unit, giving up 2.49 goals per contest. So far, the Rangers have played the 20th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account New York Rangers' scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 10th in the NHL.

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Through 48 games, the St. Louis Blues goal and overall scoring leader is Jordan Kyrou with 49 points. He has reached his mark of 21 goals, on a shooting percentage of 16.7%. So far, 19.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Pavel Buchnevich, who has 27 assists to go along with his 19 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +20.0. St. Louis's top goalie is Ville Husso, who is giving up an average of 2.03 goals per game. In his 20 games played, he has turned in 14 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Coming into this game, the New York Rangers leader in points is Artemi Panarin. In New York's 53 games, he has come up with 14 goals and 42 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 11.6%. The team's top overall goal scorer is Chris Kreider. Of his 34 goals, 50.0% have come during power play time. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +1.0. New York's top goalie is Igor Shesterkin, who is giving up an average of 1.95 goals per game. In his 34 games played, he has turned in 27 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In St. Louis's 52 games, they have an above .500 record against the spread, going 30-19. So far, the Blues have been a good bet on the road as they have covered in 13 of their 23 road games. On the season, the St. Louis Blues have a per-game scoring differential of +0.9. Even when playing on the road, the team is winning games by an averge margin of +0.4 goals. Heading into their game with the New York Rangers Rangers, the Blues have a 4-1 record over their past five contests. In these games, they have scored 21 goals, accounting for 68.0% of the overall scoring. A key to this recent success is the fact that they have outscored their usual output of 3.58 goals per game 4 times. Look for the Blues to continue their hot play with a win over the Rangers.

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Joe’s Pick St Louis Blues -132

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