In one of Friday’s top matchups, the Metropolitan Division leading New York Rangers host the Minnesota Wild at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers are among a group of 4 teams in the Metro, Pittsburgh, Washington, and Carolina are the other three, with at least 55 points. Minnesota will enter Friday night’s contest with 53 points. Which team does enough to secure the victory?
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Wild vs. Rangers Game Information
- When: Friday, January 28th, 2022, 8:00 PM ET
- Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
- TV: NHL Network, MSG+, BSN
- Radio: KOOL 108 FM (Wild) // 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio (Rangers)
- Live Stream: NHL Live
- NHL Betting Odds: Minnesota Wild (-1.5) / OU: 6
Why Bet on the Minnesota Wild?
In their last 7 matches, the Wild have rocked it. Minnesota has won 6-of-7. The lone loss happened in a shootout versus top Western Conference Stanley Cup contender Colorado. 2 of the victories were against Eastern Conference teams Washington and Boston, proving Minnesota knows how to play against the best teams in the East.
Why Bet on the New York Rangers?
Like the Wild, the Rangers are playing great hockey. NYR has won 5 of their last 6 matches. The only time New York lost in their last 6 was when they battled Carolina a +185 underdog. The Hurricanes beat NYR 6-3. But other than that loss, the Rangers have grabbed win after win, including beating Toronto 6-3 on Jan. 19 as a +132 underdog.
Wild vs. Rangers Betting Trends
- Wild are 5-0 in their last 5 versus the Metropolitan.
- Minnesota is 6-1 in their last 7.
- Over is 20-8-2 in Minnesota’s last 30.
- Rangers are 5-1 in their last 6.
- NYR is 13-3 in their last 16 home games.
- Under is 12-5-1 in NYR’s last 18.
Wild vs. Rangers Expert Betting Predictions
Minnesota and NYR are winning matches in opposite ways. The Rangers are winning games via their defense while the Wild are winning with their offense.
NYR allows just 2.5 goals per match. The stat ranks the Rangers second in goals allowed per game. Top keeper Igor Shesterkin is 20-4-2 and allows 2.07 goals per match. Minnesota’s defense is okay. The Wild’s blue line allows 3.0 goals per. Minnesota’s offense ranks third in goals each match with 3.7.
Based on the stats, and the fact the Rangers are at home, NYR looks like the team to back. But there’s a key element to this match that forces us to lean towards the Wild. Minnesota doesn’t play on Thursday night.
The Rangers must take on the Blue Jackets in Columbus. The day of rest gives Minnesota the edge. Wild moneyline is the play.
*All odds stated are subject to change without prior notice.