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Preds' Goaltending Leading The League Since All-Star Break

Despite sitting fourth in the Metropolitan, the Rangers are 10 points ahead of any other team in the Eastern Conference wild-card race and will look to climb back into the divisional discussion this evening when they host the Nashville Predators. A win for the Blueshirts would bring their record against the West this season to an impressive 18-5.

SHARK BITES
  • The Preds are 7-2 SU and on the puckline in their last 9 road games against teams with winning records.
  • The Rangers are 5-0 SU and 4-1 on the puckline in their last 5 games on Thursday.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the Rangers' last 7 games.

With an OVER/UNDER record of 1-7-2 in their last 10, the recent matchups between these two teams have been on the low-scoring end of the spectrum. That may change tonight if the Rangers bring the offense that's produced a league-high 3.82 goals per game during inter-conference play this season.

That said, the Predators have been looking like the Barry Trotz-coached teams of old, allowing just a goal per game in their three tilts since the all-star break. Their goalies have posted an NHL-best .964 save percentage during that span as Pekka Rinne seems to be figuring it out. After a solid month of January and a really good start to February, the Finnish netminder now has a .923 save percentage for the season and should get the start tonight.

This is a close one but the edge here goes to the hosting Rangers – as long as Charles Oakley doesn’t show up at MSG and start throwing hands again.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

If you're going with the New York Rangers in this one, they were listed as moneyline favorites of -133 on most NHL hockey betting menus (such as Bovada) early today for Thursday's contest. The over-under total was at 5.5 earlier at Bet365.

Odds Shark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 2.9-2.7 victory for the Predators. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Nashville Predators vs New York Rangers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The New York Rangers bring a 34-18-1 record to the battle against the 26-19-8 Predators. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen New York go 28-21-4 so far and the Predators go 25-24-4. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and New York vs Nashville injuries news.

The Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings have the New York Rangers at No. 12 and the Nashville Predators at No. 24 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the New York Rangers No. 2-ranked offense (3.42 goals per game) against a Nashville Predators defense that ranks No. 9 at 2.58 goals per game allowed. The Rangers powerplay has clicked at a 21.15% rate while the Predators have a 83.33% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Nashville was a 4-2 winner in its last match at home against the Canucks. They won as favorites, while the total score of 6 made winners of OVER bettors.

In their last action, New York was a 4-1 winner at home against the Ducks. Bettors on New York at -145 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

Betting Trends
  • Nashville is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Nashville is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Nashville's last 7 games
  • Nashville is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games on the road
  • NY Rangers is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
  • NY Rangers is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of NY Rangers's last 7 games
  • NY Rangers is 1-11 ATS in its last 12 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Nashville home to Florida, Saturday, February 11th
New York home to Colorado, Saturday, February 11th

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