Bet on Money Line for Tonight's Sharks vs. Rangers NHL Picks

Ross Benjamin

Sunday, October 19, 2014 12:27 PM UTC

Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014 12:27 PM UTC

Our resident NHL betting odds expert breaks down today’s game between the Sharks/Rangers. Read this informative sport wagering article that concludes with a money line NHL free pick.

West Versus the East at MSG
The Rangers will host the Sharks today at Madison Square Garden in New York with a scheduled start time of 5:05 PM ET. According to the NHL betting odds at Pinnacle, the Rangers are a -115 money line favorite. Bookmaker has the total in this game posted at 5.0. These teams have seen 7 of their last 10-meetings go under the total.


Impressive Start for Sharks
San Jose has gone a stellar 4-1 to start the season despite 4 of those 5-games being played on the road. Today will be their 4th consecutive game on the road in what has been an early grueling portion of the schedule. They were a 4-2 winner versus the New Jersey Devils last night. Today will be their 3rd game in the last 4-days, and 4th in the last 6-days.They’ve seen each of the first 3-games of this road trip go over the total. The Sharks have been unfazed by playing on the road versus Eastern Conference opponents. They’ve won 6 of the last 7, 10 of the last 12, and 15 of their last 20 when cast into that role. The Sharks have also gone over the total in 9 of the last 10, and 13 of the last 16 road games versus Eastern Conference foes.


Back on Track
The Rangers were able to snap a 3-game losing streak in a 2-1 home win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night. It was by far their best defensive effort of the season after allowing 19-goals in their first 4-games of the season. The Rangers have seen 7 of their last 9 home games stay under the total when facing a Western Conference opponent. “The Blue Shirts” have seen just 14 of their last 60-games (23.3%) go over the total following a 1-goal win.


Final Analysis
Ordinarily when I see a team that’s at the tail end of a road trip, and is playing several games in a very short time span, my tendency is to fade them for obvious reasons. However, the Sharks have gone 5-0 in their last 5 road games when playing their 3rd game in 4-days, and a perfect 3-0 the last 3 when playing with no rest in that role. This is still early enough in the season that fatigue shouldn’t be a huge factor for San Jose. Although the Rangers are coming off a win, it came at the expense of an inadequate Carolina Hurricanes team. My suggestion for your NHL picks today is to play on the road team in this spot.

Free NHL Pick: Sharks +105 over the Rangers

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