New York Rangers vs Colorado Avalanche Predictions, Free NHL Pick 3/11/2020
Game: New York Rangers vs Colorado Avalanche
Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Location: Pepsi Center in Denver, CO
Odds/Point Spread: Rangers (+142) Avalanche (-157)
Igor Shesterkin and the New York Rangers (36-28-4, 7th in the Metropolitan Division) are headed to Pepsi Center on Wednesday where they'll meet the Colorado Avalanche (41-20-8, 2nd in the Central Division). The Rangers open this matchup at +142 while the Avalanche are priced at -157. The O/U opens at 6. The Rangers are covering 52.2% of the time, having gone 35-32 SU. Colorado is covering 58.8% of the time, going 40-28 straight up.
The New York Rangers head into this game holding a record of 36 victories and 28 losses, putting them at 7th in the Metropolitan Division. So far this year, they have converted a total of 227 goals which has them ranked at 6th in the Eastern Conference and 7th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +12, putting them at 11th in the NHL. The Rangers have a total of 76 points, which has them ranked at 19th in the NHL and 11th in the Eastern Conference. In the matter of shots at the opposing goalie, they have a total of 2,116 which has them ranked at 11th in the East and 21st in the NHL. As a group, New York currently has a total of 1,388 hits which means they are averaging 20.4 per game. They have a total of 869 blocks for this year. The man in the crease for New York is Igor Shesterkin from Moscow, Russia. He is 24 years old and has been on the ice a total of 632 mins protecting the net for the season. Elliot is allowing 2.56 goals per game which ranks him 8th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 13th among goalies in the NHL. During this season, he has allowed 27 goals. His save percentage is .931 which ranks him 2nd among Eastern Conference goaltenders.
The New York Rangers will need a bounce back game after taking a 6 - 4 defeat to the New Jersey Devils in their previous contest. The Rangers had a good offensive output in this loss. While out there on the ice, they netted 4 of the 35 shots they attempted. Furthermore, they had 3 power play chances but weren't able to score. New York racked up 2 penalty minutes for this matchup. The Corsi for the Rangers was 57 and the Corsi against was 55 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 50.9%. Their Fenwick sat at 42 while the Fenwick against was 34, which means they had a rate of 55.3%. They took 26 face-off wins at even strength and lost 21 of the face-offs. Their offensive zone starts came in at 66.7% and they had a PDO of 94.0 for this game. Regarding their opponent, the New Jersey Devils racked up a total of 29 shots. They ended the game with 6 minutes in the box and they earned 1 power play chance.
The Avalanche will be looking to get a victory in this matchup and for the season they have 41 victories and 20 defeats. With regard to goal differential, they sit 1st in the conference and 3rd in the league with +45. They currently have a total of 233 goals for this season which has them sitting at 1st in the conference. Colorado has a team save % of .913 which currently has them ranked 6th in the league, which means they are a tough team to score against. They have a team shooting percentage of 10.5% which puts them at 3rd in the West. In goal for Colorado is Philipp Grubauer who is having an ok year by allowing 2.63 goals per game and that ranks him 9th among West goaltenders and 20th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 2,057 minutes he has played, he has allowed 90 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .916, which has him ranked 13th among West goaltenders and 20th among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Colorado Avalanche went up against the Los Angeles Kings in a matchup where the Avalanche ended up losing by a tally of 3 - 1. While out there on the ice, Colorado went home with a 47.5% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 47 and their opponent having a Corsi of 52. Their Fenwick rate was 45.8% with a Fenwick of 33 and the Kings finishing with a 39 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Colorado played and we're sure they will look for better performances in the future. They had a PDO at even strength of 95.4 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 53.3%. The Avalanche notched 1 goal out of the 22 shots on goal they attempted. They had 1 power play attempt in this game but didn't score a goal. Regarding the opposition, the Kings had 2 power play attempts but were not able to score a goal. Colorado conceded 35 shots on goal and the Kings earned 2 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Colorado (-157)
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