Two of the league’s best at finding the net on the power play, the New York Rangers and the Minnesota Wild meet at the Xcel Energy Center. Fox Sports North will broadcast this East-West matchup, which gets going at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 13.
New York Rangers vs. Minnesota Wild Odds
New York (+115) is playing the role of underdog to Minnesota (-135), and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at an even 6 goals. If gamblers want to wager on this game’s total, they’ll be looking at odds of -115 for the over and -105 on the under.
New York is 28-27 straight up (SU) and has earned 7.5 units for moneyline bettors this season. 28 of its games have gone under the total, while 25 have gone over and just two have pushed. This 2019-20 Rangers team is 12-13 SU on the road.
New York has converted on 23.9 percent of its power play chances this season, a figure that places them in the top-5 among NHL teams. Its penalty kill is ranked 21st out of 31 teams, and it’s successfully killed off 78.8 percent of all penalties.
For the team as a whole, New York has been penalized 4.4 times per game overall during the 2019-20 season, and 3.0 per game over its last ten outings. The team has had to kill penalties just 6.3 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Averaging 27.6 saves per game with a .907 save percentage, Henrik Lundqvist (11-17-3) has been the best option in goal for New York this year. If it chooses to rest him, however, head coach David Quinn might go with Alexandar Georgiev (12-13-1), who has a .908 save percentage and 3.12 goals against average this year.
Artemi Panarin and Mika Zibanejad will both lead the offensive attack for the visiting Rangers. Panarin (74 points) has tallied 28 goals and 46 assists, and has recorded two or more points in 21 different games. Zibanejad has 23 goals and 26 assists to his name (and has notched a point in 25 games).
On the other side of the ice, Minnesota is 27-29 straight up (SU) and has lost 0.7 units for moneyline bettors this year. 26 of its contests have gone over the total, while 25 have gone under and just five have pushed. This season, the team is 17-12 SU at home.
Minnesota has converted on 22.6 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a figure that places it in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 30th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 74.4 percent of all opponent power plays.
Minnesota players have been sent to the penalty box 3.7 times per game this season, and 4.8 per game over their last five match ups. The team’s had to kill penalties 11.0 minutes per contest over their last five home games.
Alex Stalock (25.4 saves per game) has been the primary selection in the crease for Minnesota. Stalock has 15 wins, 13 losses, and three overtime losses to his name and has maintained a poor .908 save percentage and 2.74 goals against average this season.
Eric Staal (17 goals, 24 assists) will lead the attack for the Wild.
New York Rangers at Minnesota Wild Free Picks
Free NHL Tip: SU Winner – Wild, O/U – Under
- Minnesota is 1-2 in games decided by a shootout this season while New York is 0-2 in shootouts.
- The under has hit in four of Minnesota’s last five games.
- Over New York’s last ten games, six of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 4-2 in those games).
- New York skaters recorded 26.0 hits per game last season, while the Wild logged 19.5 hits per matchup.