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If You Like Goals, The Rangers Are The Team For You

The New York Rangers have lost their footing in the Metropolitan Division race and now sit nine points back of the first-place Capitals with the Penguins and Blue Jackets also blocking the way. With their grasp still firmly on one of the Eastern Conference Wild-Card spots, however, the Blue Shirts will have to get it done against the teams below them. They’ll travel to Detroit this evening to play their second-last game ever at the Joe Louis Arena, a place that’s given the Rangers fits.  

  • The Rangers are 5-0 on the puckline in their last 5 road games.
  • The Redwings are 9-1 in their last 10 home games against the Rangers.
  • The Rangers last 7 games on the road have gone OVER.

Since the turn of the calendar, the Rangers OVER has been one of the bets in hockey. During the course of their last 12 games, the Rangers and their opponents are averaging 8.33 goals per outing and three matchups have had a closing betting total of more than 5.5. That’s happened just seven times this entire season so books are definitely taking notice of the lack of defense and goaltending that’s happening in Rangers’ games.

New York’s historic struggles in Detroit are probably not applicable for their game tonight. The Redwings are just one point out of last place in the East and unless something drastic happens, it looks like their long streak of making the playoffs is coming to an end.

The goaltender situation in Detroit is dire and Henrik Lundqvist’s production has fallen off the proverbial cliff this year. I’ll be targeting the OVER in my personal bets tonight and I suggest you do the same.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

If you're going with the Detroit Red Wings in this one, they were listed as moneyline underdogs of 127 on most NHL hockey betting menus (such as Bovada) early today for Sunday's contest. The over-under total was at 5.5 earlier at Bet365.

Odds Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 3-2.8 win for the Red Wings on Sunday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

New York Rangers vs Detroit Red Wings Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Detroit Red Wings sport a record of 20-19-7 heading into this matchup, while the New York Rangers sit at 29-16-1 on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 21-19-6 for the Red Wings and 26-16-4 for the Rangers. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Detroit vs New York injuries news.

The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Detroit Red Wings rated this week at No. 27 and the New York Rangers sitting at No. 8.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Detroit's No. 22-ranked offense, averaging 2.61 goals per game, against a Rangers defense that ranks No. 13 at 2.72 goals allowed. The Red Wings power play is averaging 10.83% while the Rangers defense kills off 81.89% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Rangers were a 5-2 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Maple Leafs. That made winners of bettors who got New York at +105 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for OVER bettors.

In their last action, Detroit was a 3-2 loser on the road against the Sabres. Bettors on Buffalo at -111 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

Betting Trends
  • NY Rangers is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of NY Rangers's last 6 games
  • NY Rangers is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • NY Rangers is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • Detroit is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Detroit's last 7 games
  • Detroit is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
  • Detroit is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

New York home to Los Angeles, Monday, January 23rd
Detroit at Boston, Tuesday, January 24th