NHL: Why the NY Rangers are Good Bet Tonight vs. Minnesota
The Rangers (36-15-5) are an excellent value here playing at Wild (32-19-3) Tuesday night
The New York Rangers skate into Minneapolis-St. Paul on Tuesday night for a game against the Wild. Puck drop is at 5:08 pm ET.
This appears to be a really good spot for a value bet on the visiting Rangers, for several reasons. First, let's examine the current odds, courtesy of SPREADS.CA:
This time of year, the first thing any hockey bettor must do us take at look at the schedule, and anticipate fatigue. But there are other factors to examine, as well – such as records, recent form, scoring, and goaltending:
Both the New York and Minnesota played last night. So, that appears to be a wash. However, this will be the Wild's fourth game in five nights. That's quite a strain on any team. Advantage: Rangers
New York also boasts the better overall season record at 36-15-5. Minnesota isn't too shabby either, at 32-19-3. Nonetheless, we like taking the team with four more season wins on it's regular season record. Advantage: Rangers.
What about current form? Since the Wild upset the Rangers in New York back on Jan. 28, Gerard Gallant's club has been on fire, posting an 8-2-1 record. Meanwhile the Wild have struggled to a lackluster 6-9-0 record. Minnesota has been worse than that record indicates of late, having lost six of its last seven. Advantage: Rangers
Another big question is the goaltending status of Igor Shesterkin. We don't know if he'll gets the start (posting this on Tuesday morning – no formal announcement has been made yet). Shesterkin has been strong in each of his past three games, all but locking up the Vezina Trophy. However, New York may give Alex Georgiev the start, possibly trying to show him off for potential trade suitors. Either way, we like this spot. Advantage: Rangers (maybe)
As for the Wild, they have a minus-14 goal differential and poor 43.62 goals rate over their last seven games. Play has looked erratic, especially in the defensive zone. Minnesota allowed 4.85 goals per game over the seven-game slump. The goaltending seen from the tandem of Cam Talbot and Kaapo Kahkonen has also been disappointing, compounding the team's current concerns. Advantage: Rangers
Oh, and one more thing:
The New York Rangers are plus-money!
So, we'll take the underdog visitor no matter who starts. This wager is very much a value-based bet.