In what is one of our NHL favorite bets, the Minnesota Wild (5-5-2, 12 points) head to the most famous arena in the world to take on the New York Rangers (9-2-1, 19 points) at Madison Square Garden. Minnesota trails the Avalanche by four points in the Central Division, while the Rangers have captured a 3-point lead in the Metro with a game in hand over the Carolina Hurricanes.
NHL Odds have made New York a -150 home favorite with a total of 6.5 (under, -130). Puck drops at 7:00 p.m. ET / 4:00 p.m. PT and can be seen on BSN and MSG.
We start our Wild vs Rangers scores and predictions preview with a look at the Wild from a betting perspective.
Day/Time: Location: Madison Square Garden
Streaming: BSN and MSG
Wild Off Most Complete Win Of The Season
When handicapping games, there is so much to look at other than the final score which seems to be an afterthought because the game gives the keen eye some insights into how a team is performing. Final NHL scores can lie but didn’t in the Wild’s 4-2 win against the Islanders.
Minnesota was able to keep a four-line rotation moving throughout the game while special teams did their job in preserving the victory. It wasn’t about the final score, it was about the ease in which the Wild won making it their most complete game of the season. Minnesota improved to 5-7 overall, hacking off 1.00 units to their season-long deficit (2.76 units).
Over the last two seasons, the Wild have lost bettors -7.60 units overall behind a combined 51-43 regular season record. As a dog in that span, the Wild is -8.67 units, -3.07 units this season (2-5). We continue our Wild vs Rangers scores and predictions preview by turning our attention to New York.
Rangers Score First Five, Then Hang On
We’re not sure what a perfect boxscore looks like, but with a goal in the first and four more in the second, we’re pretty sure we saw a perfect 40 minutes at the very least. New York led 5-0 heading into the second intermission against the Detroit Red Wings and then held on in the third after the Wings scored three times in just under 6 minutes to come within two goals with 6:51 left in the game.
What was the most impressive and something we can take into the handicapping of Thursday’s game, is the New York special teams held Detroit scoreless on six power plays chances, including a 5 on 3, while the Rangers were 2-3 with the extra attacker.
New York is +4.41 units for bettors this season, and if they finish in the black this season it will be for the third time in four years. In that span, only the Boston Bruins (+19.23 units) and ironically the Minnesota Wild (+18.56 units) have been more reliable for customers than the Rangers. New York is 9-2 as a favorite, adding to their 80-38 (+10.12 units) record when expected to win since 2021. We conclude our Wild vs Rangers analysis with our final score and prediction.
Rangers Dealing With Injuries
It’s nice to be able to lean on a guy like Jonathan Quick when the number one goaltender, Igor Shesterkin, lands on the NHL injury report with a lower-body injury. Shesterkin is questionable to start against the Wild, but it doesn’t matter either way to us.
One big name who will be out for an indefinite amount of time is defenseman Adam Fox who suffered a lower-body injury five days ago. The difference in this one will be the Rangers’ special teams who will lengthen the lead late in a 4-2 victory for the Blue Shirts. Take New York and lay the -1.5 (+155).