New York Rangers vs Minnesota Wild Prediction, 3/8/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: New York Rangers vs Minnesota Wild
Date: Tuesday, March 8, 2022
Location: Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, MN
TV: Bally Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Rangers (+114) Wild (-137)
The New York Rangers (36-15-5) are headed to Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday where they will compete against the Minnesota Wild (32-19-3). The line on this matchup has the Rangers at +114 while the Wild are priced at -137. The over/under is set at 6.
The New York Rangers went home feeling good about their game by earning a 4-1 win against the Jets in their previous game. The Rangers had a solid offensive performance and it showed in this win. In the matchup, they converted 4 of the 22 shots they looked to score on. In addition, they had 2 power play opportunities and were able to score 1 goal. New York earned 4 penalty mins in this matchup.
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New York Rangers opponents have totaled 162 power play tries (14th in pro hockey) and have come away with 27 goals in those chances. The Rangers have had 1,809 shots taken against them and are the owners of a save percentage of .924. New York has taken 1,607 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 10.3%. When playing at even strength, the Rangers have conceded 110 goals while getting 125 of their own. New York comes into tonight with 157 power play chances and they have tallied 40 goals out of those tries, earning them a percentage of 25.48%. For the year, they have recorded 77 points and their points % is .688. When talking about their scoring, the New York Rangers have notched 165 goals (20th in pro hockey) on the year and have allowed 137.
Patrolling the crease for the game will be Igor Shesterkin. In his career, Shesterkin has 58 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is .734. He has a save percentage of .930 for his 4,767 minutes played. Shesterkin has seen 2,615 shots against him and has gathered 2,433 total saves. Opponents have tallied 182 goals against Shesterkin in his career and his average for goals against per game is 2.29. He has compiled a win-loss record of 54-22-6 and he was named the starter in 79 games. Shesterkin has been involved in 84 games over the course of his pro hockey career.
The last time they were on the ice, Minnesota faced the Stars in a matchup where the Wild went home in defeat by a mark of 6-3. They had 4 opportunities on the power play in this matchup but weren't able to put one in the back of the net. The Wild had 3 goals of the 35 shots on goal they were seeking.
This season, the Minnesota Wild have accounted for 199 goals, 67 points, in addition to a points percentage of .620. They have permitted 174 goals to be scored by of a combination of 131 goals at even strength and 43 goals while they had less men on the ice. The Wild have racked up 167 goals at even strength and 32 goals (18th in the NHL) while on the power play. They have a tally of 166 power play chances and they have earned a power play percentage of 19.28%. Minnesota has taken 1,756 shots (15th in the league) and has accumulated a shot percentage of 11.33%, while allowing their opponents 1,749 shots. They have a penalty kill rate of 76.24% on the other teams 181 opportunities on the power play, and their save percentage is 90.1%.
On the other side of the ice you are going to see Cam Talbot in goal. Talbot holds a career record of 189-142-31 and has participated in 381 games. Talbot's rate of quality starts sits at 52.7% and he has 193 quality starts in his NHL career. He has recorded 10,273 stops out of the 11,233 shots attempted against him, giving him a percentage of .915. Teams are averaging 2.64 goals per game and he has allowed 960 goals in total. He has started in 366 contests and has accumulated 21,808 minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take Minnesota (-137) and under 6 goals
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