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Moneyline favors Rangers in battle with Red Wings

Detroit Red Wings

New York Rangers
20-16-10 January 16, 2014, 07:00 PM | Madison Square Garden 24-21-3

NHL wagering interest swings to the New York vs Detroit battle on Thursday at Madison Square Garden as the Rangers try to defend home turf and reward moneyline bettors.

The Rangers are 24-21-3 so far on the season. The Red Wings, meanwhile, are 20-16-10. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen New York go 19-20-9 and the Red Wings go 20-23-3 on the totals.

View Detroit Red Wings vs New York Rangers Odds and Stats.

The Red Wings were listed as 134 underdogs on the hockey moneyline earlier at Bovada. The total was set at 5 before betting started earlier on Thursday at BetOnline.

The Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings have the Rangers at No. 6 and the Red Wings at No. 27 heading into this contest.

Detroit lost its last outing, a 1-0 result against the Ducks on January 12. Bettors who backed the Ducks at -195 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (1) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

The Rangers were a 2-1 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Lightning. That made winners of bettors who got Tampa Bay at +160 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for UNDER bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up New York's No. 23-ranked offense (2.48 goals per game) against a Red Wings defense that ranks No. 15 at 2.76 goals per game allowed. The Rangers powerplay has clicked at a 21.12% rate while the Red Wings have a 85.14% rate on the penalty kill.

A few Red Wings at Rangers trends to consider:
Detroit is 5-11 SU in its last 16 games
Detroit is 12-3 SU in its last 15 games when playing NY Rangers
Detroit is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against NY Rangers
NY Rangers is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
NY Rangers is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
NY Rangers is 6-12 SU in its last 18 games at home
NY Rangers is 3-12 SU in its last 15 games when playing Detroit

Next up:
Detroit home to Los Angeles, Saturday, January 18th
New York at Ottawa, Saturday, January 18th