The Minnesota Wild and New York Rangers meet Tuesday in NHL action at Madison Square Garden. The Minnesota Wild have split their last 8 games. The New York Rangers have split their last 8 games.
The Minnesota Wild are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 24.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Kirill Kaprizov leads Minnesota with 23 goals, Mats Zuccarello has 24 assists and Joel Eriksson Ek has 118 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 78.5 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Marc-Andre Fleury has given up 69 goals on 694 shots faced, and Filip Gustavsson has allowed 35 goals on 459 shots.
The New York Rangers are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 23.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Mika Zibanejad leads New York with 19 goals, Artmei Panarin has 34 assists, and Chris Kreider has 133 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 80.8 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Igor Shesterkin has allowed 75 goals on 896 shots faced, and Jaroslav Halak has given up 31 goals on 299 shots.
The Wild are 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest and 9-4 in their last 13 overall. The Rangers are 5-1 in their last 6 home games and 11-4 in their last 15 overall. The under is 9-3-1 in Wild last 13 overall. The over is 5-2 in Rangers last 7 home games. The Wild are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in New York. The under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in New York.
The Minnesota Wild are worth a look in the underdog role because they’re an above average team you don’t often get at these prices. However, the New York Rangers appear to be back on track, they’re at home and their defensive effort is probably the difference in this game. Probably a low scoring contest, but I trust the Rangers goalies to squeeze out a tight win. I’ll lay the small juice.