New York Rangers at Minnesota Wild - 3/8/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

New York Rangers at Minnesota Wild - 3/8/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Wild (32-19-3) vs New York Rangers (36-15-5)

Game Info: Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)

Betting Odds: Minnesota Wild -138 / New York Rangers +110 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Minnesota Wild host the New York Rangers in Tuesday NHL Action.

The New York Rangers come into this road contest with an overall record of 36-15-5. Through 56 games, the Rangers are 2nd in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 169 times, good for a rank of 18th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, New York is the 3rd ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.45 goals per game. So far, the Rangers have a strength of schedule rating of 18th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 8th ranked team in the NHL.

The Minnesota Wild get set to host the New York Rangers with an overall record of 32-19-3. This mark places them 3rd in the Central division. Through 54 games, the Wild have scored 203 goals, giving them an average of 3.69. This output gives them a rank of 3rd among NHL teams. On defense, Minnesota is the 19th ranked unit, giving up 3.22 goals per contest. So far, the Wild have played the 22nd toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Minnesota's 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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Coming into this game, the New York Rangers leader in points is Artemi Panarin. In his team's 56 games, he has come up with 15 goals and 46 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 12.1%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +4.0. The team's top overall goal scorer is Chris Kreider. Of his 38 goals, 50.0% have come during power play time. New York's top goalie is Igor Shesterkin, who is giving up an average of 1.93 goals per game. In his 37 games played, he has turned in 29 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 53 games, the Minnesota Wild's goal and overall scoring leader is Kirill Kaprizov, with 70 points. He has reached his mark of 28 goals, on a shooting percentage of 14.7%. So far, 18.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Mats Zuccarello, who has 39 assists to go along with his 17 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +19. Minnesota's top goalie is Cam Talbot, who is giving up an average of 2.98 goals per game. In his 34 games played, he has turned in 18 quality starts, also giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In New York's 56 games, they have an above .500 record against the spread, going 29-27. So far, the Rangers have been a good bet on the road as they have covered in 16 of their 29 road games. On the season, the New York Rangers have a per-game scoring differential of 0.54 goals per game. Even when playing on the road, the team has a scoring margin of 0.21 goals. Heading into their game with the Minnesota Wild, the Rangers have a 3-2 record over their past five contests. In these games, they have scored 14 goals, accounting for 56% of the overall scoring. A key to this recent success is the fact that they have outscored their usual output of 2.95 goals per game 3 times. Look for the Rangers to pull off the upset over the Wild.

 

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