New York Rangers Vs. Minnesota Wild Odds, Picks, and Predictions (3/8/22)

The New York Rangers beat the home team Winnipeg Jets on Sunday 4-1.  Chris Kreider scored two goals, defenseman Jacob Trouba had a goal and an assist while star goaltender, Igor Shesterkin made 45 saves in the victory.  The Rangers have won three in a row.  New York is 36-15-5 with 77 points, second in the Metropolitan Division.  Heading into their game vs. the Wild on Tuesday, the Rangers are 4-1 in their last five games vs. Central Division foes.  Minnesota suffered a 6-3 home loss to the Dallas Stars this past Sunday. Kirill Kaprizov scored two goals while Nico Sturm scored his ninth goal of the season and Mats Zuccarello added two assists in the loss to Dallas.  The Wild are 2-8 their past 10 games.  Minnesota is 32-19-3 with 67 points, third in the Central Division.     

New York Rangers Vs. Minnesota Wild Betting Odds

The Rangers are 4-1 in their last five Tuesday games.  Under is 6-1 in New York’s last seven games after allowing two goals or less in their previous game.  The Rangers are 4-1 in their last five games vs. a team with a winning record.  New York is +2000 to win their first Stanley Cup since 1994; this could be a wise bet as the Blueshirts are a real “under the radar” threat to win the championship.  The Wild have won five of their last seven games against the Rangers.  Minnesota is 11-1 in their last 12 games vs. Metropolitan Division opponents.  The Wild are 5-0 in their last five games following a home loss of three or more goals, they allowed six goals to the Stars on Sunday.  Minnesota is +2000 to win their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.

New York Rangers Odds

Chris Kreider has scored 38 goals this season, which is tied with the Oilers Leon Draisaitl for second in the NHL.  Auston Matthews of the Maple Leafs is first in the NHL in goals with 39.   Kreider has scored four goals in his past three games and has 53 points in 56 contests, which is tied for his NHL career high in points he set in 75 games in 2016-17. He has 399 career points, one point shy of 400 in the NHL

New York’s number 20 leads the NHL in power play goals with 19.  The 10-year veteran, Kreider is +4000 to win the 2021-22 Hart Trophy.  Artemi Panarin leads New York in points this season with 61 (15 goals and 46 assists).  Playing his third season with the Rangers, he has 19 multi-point games in 2021-22; he had two assists in the win on Sunday over Winnipeg.  He has 27 points on the power play (five goals and 22 assists) and ranks second on the club with five game winning goals.  Mika Zibanejad leads the team in plus/minus at +20 and is second on the team in scoring with 57 points (21 goals and 36 assists).  The center in his 11th season, has a goal and three assists in his last five games.  He has 11 power play goals (tied for fourth in the NHL) and 22 points overall on the power play.  Barclay Goodrow in his first season with the Rangers, scored his 12th goal of the season in the win over Winnipeg this past weekend, he has 23 points on the campaign.  The two-time Stanley Cup winner is a +8 while averaging 16:58 of ice time.  Alexis LaFreniere has scored a career high 13 goals in his second season in the NHL.  The number one overall pick in 2020 has two goals and one assist in his last five games.Adam Fox is fourth in points among defensemen in the NHL this season with 55 (seven goals and 48 assists).   The second-year player is a +12 and ranks third on the team in blocked shots with 107.  He’s averaging a team leading 24:25 of ice time per game.  Fox is +800 to win his second consecutive Norris Trophy.  Jacob Trouba leads the team in blocked shots with 127 and second on the club in hits with 153.  He’s a +13 and averaging 22:35 of ice time per game for New York.  Trouba has 28 points on the season (nine goals and 19 assists).  Ryan Lindgren has played in 53 games and is second on the team in blocked shots with 115.  He leads the team in plus/minus at +17, while averaging 20:29 of ice time per game.  On the offensive end, the fourth-year defenseman has chipped in 11 points.

Goalie Igor Shesterkin has been one of the most impactful players in 2021-22.  In the Rangers victory against the Jets this past Sunday, he made 45 saves.  He’s 10-0-0 in his NHL career when making at least 40 saves.  On the season, he’s 28-6-3 with a .942 save percentage (first in the league) and a 1.93 GAA (first in the NHL).  Shesterkin is currently the favorite to win the Vezina Trophy at -350 and listed at +500 to win the Hart Trophy.   The last goalie to win the Vezina Trophy and Hart Trophy in the same season was Carey Price in the 2014-15 campaign.

Minnesota Wild Odds

Kirill Kaprizov has scored eight points (five goals, three assists) during his current five-game point streak.  He leads the team in points with 70 (28 goals and 42 assists).  Minnesota’s number 97 had 17 points on the power play (five goals and 12 assists) and three game winning goals this season.  The 2020-21 Calder Trophy winner is +18 while averaging 19:14 of ice time per game.  Karill Kaprizov is +2500 to win the Hart Trophy.  Mats Zuccarello is second on the team in scoring with 56 points (17 goals and 39 assists).  The 12-year veteran has 19 points on the power play (four goals and 15 assists).  Zuccarello is a +19 and averaging 19:07 of ice time per game.  Ryan Hartman is second on the team in goals with 22, overall, he has 40 points.  He leads the Wild in game winning goals with five this campaign.  The 2013 first round pick leads the team in plus/minus at +26.  Kevin Fiala has 49 points on the season (18 goals and 31 assists), ranking third on Minnesota in scoring.  In 2021-22 he’s a +10 and has added two game winning goals.  Marcus Foligno has scored 18 goals in 50 games this season.  He’s +8 while averaging 16:45 of ice per game.  20-year-old forward Matt Boldy has played in 23 games this season.  Since his debut on January 6th, he has 20 points (nine goals and 11 assists).  Boldy has seven points on the power play and is a +8 in his limited action.

Alex Goligoski leads the Wild defensemen in points with 26 (two goals and 24 assists).  He’s second on the team in plus/minus at +24 with 62 blocked shots while averaging 19:14 of ice time per game.  Against Dallas on Sunday, Mathew Dumba had three shots on goal and three hits in 24:04 of ice time after missing 10 games with a lower-body injury.  In 2021-22 he has 20 points in 41 games and is a +8.  The 2019-20 Clancy Trophy winner is averaging 23:38 of ice time per game with 58 blocked shots to go along with 85 hits.  Jonas Brodin is a +6 with 22 points in 45 games (four goals and 18 assists).  He’s second on the Wild in blocked shots with 79 while averaging 23:29 of ice time per game.  Jared Spurgeon, the Minnesota captain has played in 39 games and has 23 points (five goals and 18 assists) on the year.  The 12-year veteran is a +18 and averaging 21:25 of ice time per game.

Cam Talbot has started 33 games this season and is 20-12-1.  In his first season with Minnesota, he has .908 save percentage and a 2.98 GAA.  Kaapo Kahkonen started against the Stars in the Wild’s last game and allowed four goals on 21 shots before being pulled for Cam Talbot.  Kahkonen is 12-7-2 with a save percentage of .912 and a GAA of 2.86 in 23 games played. 

New York Rangers Vs. Minnesota Wild Picks & Prediction

New York is scoring 2.9 goals per game, 18th in the league and taking 28.7 shots per game, 30th overall.  The visiting New Yorkers have four players in their lineup that have scored over 50 points in 2021-22.  Defensively the Rangers are allowing 2.4 goals per game, ranked second overall and 32.3 shots per game, 23rd in the league.  Minnesota is scoring 3.7 goals per game, ranking them third in the NHL and attempting 32.5 shots per game, 12th overall.  In their lineup, Minnesota has six players who’ve scored at least 16 goals on the campaign.  On the defensive side, the Wild are allowing 3.2 goals per game which is 22nd in the NHL and yielding 32.4 shots a game, 24th overall.  This could be a “dark horse” Stanley Cup preview between one of the best defensive teams in the NHL and one of the most potent offensive clubs in the league.  I’m going with the home team Wild in this game winning by 1.5 goals
Scott is graduate of Hofstra University and has worked in the sports media for over 20 years as a Producer and Writer. His dream is to see the New York Jets one day hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy. He lives outside of Chicago with his wife and two children.

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