NY Rangers at Detroit Red Wings Odds - Free Pick 3/12/2016
The New York Rangers come off an extended four-day layoff to face the Detroit Red Wings in one of this Saturday's featured matchups in the NHL's Eastern Conference. Game time from Joe Louis Arena is slated for a 2 p.m. (ET) matinee and it will be available on NHL Center Ice.
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The Rangers have climbed to second place in the Metro Division with 84 points following a 7-3 record in their last 10 games. They are coming off a 4-2 road win against Buffalo this past Tuesday as -163 favorites and going back over their last three games this team has been able to light the lamp 11 times. New York is now 39-22-6 on the year with a 16-15-3 record on the road. The total has gone OVER or ended as a PUSH in five of its last seven road games.
Derick Brassard scored a power play goal in Tuesday's win to give the Rangers an early lead and Mats Zuccarello added a goal and two assists to the winning effort. This duo has been getting it done all season long as the team's top two scorers. New York is ranked seventh in the NHL in goals with 2.8 a game. Antti Raanta has gotten the last three starts in goal with Henrik Lundqvist sidelined with neck spasms. The Rangers' top goaltender remains questionable for Saturday afternoon.
Detroit posted a much needed 3-2 victory against Winnipeg on Thursday as a -183 home favorite after losing its previous three games by a combined score of 14-6. The Red Wings are holding down the fourth spot in the Atlantic Division standings with 77 points on a record of 33-23-11. They have gone 17-11-6 at home this season and the total has stayed UNDER or ended as a PUSH in six of their last nine games overall.
Jonathan Ericsson tied Thursday's game at two in the second period and Justin Abdelkader scored the game winner late in the third to lead Detroit past Jets. Dylan Larkin has been the team's leading goal scorer and he netted his 20th of the season in the second period to put the Red Wings on the board. Goalie Petr Mrazek turned away 23 of the 25 shots he faced. He has gotten the majority of the starts this season and through 46 games between the pipes he as a goals-against average of 2.20 and a .924 save percentage.
The Rangers are 4-1 in their last five road games, but they fall to 7-16 in their last 23 games following a win. The total has gone OVER or ended as a PUSH in their last four conference games.
The Red Wings are 6-2 in their last eight games at home, but they have lost four of their last five games against the Metro Division. The total has stayed UNDER in 10 of their last 15 games following a win.
Head-to-head in this matchup, the home team has won the last six meetings and the total has stayed UNDER in three of the last four games in Detroit. Three of the last four meetings have gone to overtime.
New York Rangers at Detroit Red Wings Prediction
These two teams have played each other tough over the past few seasons in what have been close battles each time. Even if Lundqvist is unable to go, I see another hard-fought battle on Saturday that stays UNDER the current total line of 5.