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Rangers Clip Detroit's Wings at Madison Square Garden

In an all-Original Six matchup in the NHL, the Detroit Red Wings head to the Big Apple to take on the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Jeff Blashill and the Red Wings have struggled out of the gate and will be up against some trends tonight that really favor the Rangers.

  • The Red Wings are 0-6 in their last 6 games on the road against the Rangers.
  • The Rangers are 8-1 in their last 9 games with a closing total of 5.5 or more.
  • The Red Wings are 2-9 in their last 11 games against teams with winning records.

Jimmy Howard will start in net for the Wings tonight opposite Henrik Lundqvist. For Howard, it will be his first start of the young season as he's not expected to get many this year. Jimmy posted a sub-par .906 save percentage in 37 starts last year and is now the unquestioned No. 2 behind Petr Mrazek. On the Rangers' side, King Henrik has yet to have a dominant performance this season and could be due.

New York scored seven goals on the Sharks in their last game on just 29 shots. They have generated fewer shots every game they’ve played so far this year but should be able to pound the Wings keeper tonight as Detroit has given up an average of 35.33 shots per game.

Despite these trends, and pretty significant underdog odds, the OddsShark Super Computer actually likes the Wings to win, and it likes them to do it by a couple of goals. Although I don’t share the same positivity about Detroit tonight, I find it tough to pass up big underdog odds this early in the NHL season.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

On the opening NHL betting line for this matchup, New York sat as -152 favorites over at BetOnline. The total was set at 5.5 at Bovada but may move closer to puck drop.

A 3.7-1.9 result in favor of the Red Wings is the prediction by the Odds Shark handicapping pick engine. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Detroit Red Wings vs New York Rangers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Detroit Red Wings will look to vanquish their hosts on Wednesday, as they are 1-2-0 this season, while the Rangers are 2-1-0. Detroit is 2-0-1 against the total, while New York is 2-0-1 versus the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and New York vs Detroit injuries news.

According to new NHL Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, it's the No. 14-ranked New York Rangers and the No. 12-rated Detroit Red Wings in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the New York Rangers No. 1-ranked offense (4.67 goals per game) against a Detroit Red Wings defense that ranks No. 19 at 3.67 goals per game allowed. The Rangers powerplay has clicked at a 20% rate while the Red Wings have a 72.73% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Detroit won its last outing, a 5-1 result against the Senators on October 17. Bettors who backed the Red Wings at -141 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (6) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

New York was a 7-4 winner in its last match at home against the Sharks. They won as favorites, while the total score of 11 made winners of OVER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Detroit is 5-13 ATS in its last 18 games
  • Detroit is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • Detroit is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
  • Detroit is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • NY Rangers is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • NY Rangers is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games when playing Detroit
  • NY Rangers is 8-15 SU in its last 23 games when playing Detroit
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of NY Rangers's last 12 games when playing Detroit

Next Betting Matchups

Detroit home to Nashville, Friday, October 21st
New York at Washington, Saturday, October 22nd