The Minnesota Wild and the New York Rangers will both be gunning for a victory on Monday when they meet at Madison Square Garden.
When: 7:00 PM ET, Monday, October 27, 2014
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
TV: 7 p.m. ET, FSN North (Minnesota), MSG (New York)
PREDICTION: Rangers 4, Wild 1
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Oddsmakers currently have the Rangers listed as 118-moneyline favorites versus the Wild, while the game’s total is sitting at 5.
Carl Hagelin scored his second goal in three games on Saturday and also tallied in New York’s 4-1 victory over Minnesota on Dec. 22. Captain Ryan McDonagh hasn’t found the scoresheet in all but one game this season – a two-assist performance versus New Jersey on Tuesday – but has notched four assists in as many career meetings with Minnesota. Henrik Lundqvist is 3-3-0 versus the Wild, although Cam Talbot stopped 48-of-51 shots to split both contests last season.
New York lost its last outing, a 3-1 result against the Canadiens on October 25. Bettors who backed the Canadiens at -134 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.
Team record: 4-4-0
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of NY Rangers’s last 7 games at home
NY Rangers is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Minnesota
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of NY Rangers’s last 6 games when playing at home against Minnesota
While Minnesota lit up the scoreboard in its last game, it continues to struggle on the power play. The Wild are 0-for-20 with the man advantage, joining Buffalo (0-for-30) as the only clubs in the league yet to tally on the power play. Minnesota can hang its hat on its penalty kill, which has thwarted all but one of 19 chances this season and faces a New York team that is just 2-for-22 with the man advantage.
In their last action, Minnesota was a 7-2 winner at home against the Lightning. Bettors on Minnesota at -167 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (9) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.
Team record: 4-2-0
Minnesota is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Minnesota’s last 8 games
Minnesota is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 5 games on the road