An NHL game day preview between the Detroit Red Wings and the New York Rangers.
Detroit Red Wings Vs New York Rangers – Odds & Trends
When: 7:00 PM ET, Friday, January 31, 2020
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Road Record: 4-19-2
New York Rangers
Home Record: 13-10-2
Detroit Red Wings vs New York Rangers Game Day Preview
It’s an original six matchup in the big apple as the Detroit Red Wings visit the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. The Red Wings continue to play for their pride while the Rangers look to cling to any playoff hopes they may have left as the final stretch of the season is underway.
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The Red Wings sit dead last in the league overall, currently riding a three-game losing streak. They have won just two of their last 10 games, and have a league worst -90 goal differential. Both Andreas Athanasiou and Jonathan Bernier are expected to miss the game, both nursing injuries. Filip Zadina, Givani Smith and Dennis Cholowski have been recalled from Grand Rapids in the AHL and are expected to play, as is Frans Nielsen, who missed Detroit’s last game before the All-Star break. Tyler Burtuzzi is returning from the All-Star festivities in St. Louis.
The Rangers have lost far too much ground in the playoff race, as they now sit 11 points out of the last wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. They are riding a 2 game losing streak, and are 4-6-0 in their last 10. If they have any fighting chance of getting back into the playoff race, they need to get started on the right foot, which could be jump started by a win over the last place Red Wings.
With the trade deadline approaching, goaltender Alexander Georgiev has garnered plenty of interest in recent weeks. That situation is complicated by the fact that Igor Shesterkin has been recalled from the AHL. At this point in the season, it appears that the Rangers are showcasing some of their talent for trade bait. Along with Georgiev, that also includes Chris Kreider. Kreider will either be traded or extended. Either way, more attention will be paid to the left-winger in the coming weeks.
Red Wings & Rangers Facts
1. Artemi Panarin will be back in the line up after dealing with an upper-body injury.
2. Rangers are 5-2 in their last 7 home games.
3. This will be the first leg of a home and home series that concludes tomorrow in Detroit.
4. Detroit is averaging 1.17 goals per game less than New York.
Detroit Red Wings vs New York Rangers Picks
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Game Pick – New York Rangers 6 Detroit Red Wings 1
10 PT Pick: Total Goals OVER 6.5
9 PT Pick: DET Starter OVER 3.5 Goals Against (Jimmy Howard Projected)
8 PT Pick: New York Rangers Will WIN By OVER 1.5 Goals