Little Caesars Arena will play host to an intriguing showdown as the New York Rangers face off against the Detroit Red Wings. This Original Six matchup gets started at 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday, November 9, and it’ll be shown live on Fox Sports Detroit.
New York Rangers vs. Detroit Red Wings Odds
New York is 7-8 straight up (SU) and has netted moneyline bettors 1.5 units this season. Through 15 regular season matches, nine of its games have gone under the total, while six have gone over and none have pushed. The Broadway Blueshirts are 2-5 SU as the away team in 2018-19.
New York has converted on 16.3 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s right around league average. Its penalty kill is ranked 22nd overall, and the team’s successfully killed off 76.9 percent of its penalties.
For the team as a whole, New York has been called for penalties 4.7 times per game this season, a number that’s jumped some from the 3.5 penalties per game given up last year. After serving an average of 8.0 penalty minutes per game a season ago the team has had to kill penalties for a whopping 11.4 minutes per outing this year.
Sporting a .922 save percentage and 31.6 saves per game, Henrik Lundqvist (5-7-1) has been the primary option in goal for New York this year. If it decides to give him a rest, however, head coach David Quinn could turn to Alexandar Georgiev (2-1 record, .897 save percentage, 3.60 goals against average).
The visiting Rangers have relied on Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider this season. Zibanejad (13 points) is up to six goals and seven assists, and has recorded two or more points in two different games. Kreider has seven goals and four assists to his name (and has registered at least one point in six games).
On the other side of the ice, Detroit is 5-10 straight up (SU) and has lost 2.6 units for moneyline bettors this year. Eight of its games have gone over the total, while six have gone under and just one has pushed. This season, the team’s 3-5 SU as the home team.
Detroit has converted on 26.1 percent of its power play chances this year, a figure that’s good enough for ninth-best in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 10th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 82.1 percent of all penalties.
Detroit skaters have been sent to the penalty box 4.5 times per game this season, a number that’s climbed some from the 3.7 penalties per game given up last year. After serving an average of 9.0 penalty minutes per game a season ago the team has had to stave off opponent power plays for 10.7 minutes per outing this year.
Jimmy Howard has stopped 31.0 shots per game as the top selection in the crease for Detroit. Howard has four wins, seven losses, and two OT losses and has recorded a pedestrian 2.93 goals against average and a .917 save percentage this year.
The Wings will be led on offense by Dylan Larkin (six goals, nine assists).
New York Rangers at Detroit Red Wings Free Picks
Prediction: SU Winner – Rangers, O/U – Over
- For both of these teams, the game went over the total in three of their past five matchups.
- The Red Wings are 3-5 SU in games where they serve more penalty minutes than their opponent while the Rangers are 4-5 SU when they spend more time in the box than their opponent.
- New York is 3-0 in games decided by a shootout this season while Detroit is 1-1 in shootouts.
- New York is scoring 3.8 goals per game over their four-game winning streak.