New York Rangers vs. Edmonton Oilers - 12/31/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: New York Rangers vs Edmonton Oilers
Date: Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Location: Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB
Odds/Point Spread: Rangers (+122) Oilers (-135)
Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers (19-15-4, 6th in the Metropolitan Division) head to Rogers Place on Tuesday where they'll meet the Edmonton Oilers (20-17-4, 5th in the Pacific Division). The Rangers open this contest at +122 while the Oilers are priced at -135. The O/U opens at 6. The Rangers cover 50.0% of the time, having gone 19-19 SU. Edmonton is covering 46.2% of the time, going 18-21 straight up.
The New York Rangers head into this game holding a record of 19 wins and 15 losses, which is good for 6th in the Metropolitan Division. Thus far in the season, they have scored a total of 124 goals which has them sitting at 9th in the Eastern Conference and 14th in the league. Their goal differential is +1, which is good for 18th in the league. The Rangers have compiled a total of 42 points, which has them sitting at 22nd in the league and 12th in the conference. In connection with shots at the opposition, they have compiled a total of 1,127 which has them sitting at 15th in the Eastern Conference and 30th in the league. As a unit, New York currently has a total of 753 hits which means they are averaging 19.8 per contest. They have compiled a total of 466 blocks for the season. The man protecting the net for New York is Henrik Lundqvist from Fussen, West Germany. He is 37 years old and has totaled 1,272 minutes protecting the goal for the season. Lundqvist is giving up an average of 3.11 GAA which places him at 23rd among Eastern Conference goalies and 46th in the NHL among goaltenders. So far this year, he's allowed 66 goals. His save percentage is .911 which places him at 13th among Eastern Conference goalies.
The New York Rangers went home feeling good about their game by earning a 5 - 4 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs their last time out. The Rangers had a solid offensive output in the win. In this game, they finished 5 of the 38 shots they put on goal. In addition, they had 1 power play attempt but didn't net one. New York racked up 8 penalty mins in their game. The Corsi for the Rangers was 50 and the Corsi against was 76 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 39.7%. Their Fenwick sat at 44 and the Fenwick against sat at 60, which tells us they had a rate of 42.3%. They won 21 face-off wins and were beaten on 43 of all total face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 36.1% and they had a PDO of 106.7 in this one. In terms of their opponent's stats, the Toronto Maple Leafs earned 48 shots. They ended the game with 6 minutes in the box and they earned a total of 2 power play opportunities.
The Oilers will be on the other side of the ice and for the current year they sit with 20 wins and 17 losses. When looking at goal differential, they sit 10th in the West and 23rd in the NHL with -12. They have compiled a total of 116 goals for the season which ranks them 8th in the West. Edmonton has a team save % of .900 which currently has them ranked 23rd in the NHL, which means scoring chances could be there if they are opportunistic. They have a team shooting percentage of 9.7% ranking them 6th in the West. In net for Edmonton is Mikko Koskinen who is having an average year by surrendering 2.76 GAA and that has him ranked 12th among West goaltenders and 24th in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 1,412 mins he's been on the ice, he's surrendered 65 goals. He has a save % of .914, which ranks him 13th among West goaltenders and 23rd in the NHL among goaltenders.
The Edmonton Oilers faced off against the Calgary Flames in a matchup where the Oilers took a loss by a mark of 5 - 1. For this matchup, Edmonton earned a 54.5% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 48 and their opponent having a Corsi of 40. Their Fenwick rate came in at 58.5% by earning a Fenwick of 38 and the Flames ending the game with a 27 Fenwick. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Edmonton played and it could be said that this team has had better games. They had a PDO at even strength of 87.2 and they earned an oZS percentage of 40.6%. The Oilers scored 1 goal out of the 29 shots on goal they pursued. They had 2 power play chances in this one but weren't able to notch a goal. Concerning the opposition, the Flames had 1 power play chance but didn't put the puck in goal. Edmonton gave up 31 shots on goal and the Flames had 4 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Edmonton (-135)
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