Streaking Rangers Keep Run Going in Motown on Friday

Jimmy Murphy

Thursday, November 8, 2018 7:20 PM UTC

Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 7:20 PM UTC

The red-hot Rangers roll into the Motor City on Friday to play the Red Wings, and they’ll roll out with their 5th straight win. Take the Rangers on the puck line!

Murphy Season Record: 27-21-2

NY Rangers (7-7-1, 7-8 ATS) at Detroit (5-8-2, 3-4-1 ATS)Friday, 7:30 PM ETFree NHL Picks: Rangers PLBest Line Offered: BetOnline

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When looking at this one on the schedule prior to the season starting, one could have easily coined it as the Rebuild Bowl, but the New York Rangers may just be the next team to rebuild on the fly. By no means is anyone expecting a surprise run to the playoffs now, but it’s hard to say that maybe, just maybe, this supposed rebuild in New York may not be as painful as expected. The Rangers came into this season at +12500 to win the Stanley Cup and now thanks to a respectable 7-7-1 record for 15 points and their current 4-game win streak, they can be had for +10000 over at BetOnline.

The Red Wings meanwhile, have been basically as advertised, sitting second to last in the Eastern Conference with a 3-4-1 record and just 8 points. The Wings haven’t shown close to the promise and scrappy style that the Rangers have and things are looking bleak in Motown. Detroit came into this season at +50000 and somehow that dropped to +25000 despite their very less than stellar play.

The Broadway Blueshirts on the money line are the play here. Right now, they’re simply playing as a cohesive unit that win or lose brings 100 percent effort every game. Neal Pionk - who won the game on a Bobby Orr esque end-to-end rush against Montreal Tuesday has matured way faster than anyone expected and the old (not that old) guard of Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad and Mats Zuccarello have stepped up to lead this young squad. Between the pipes, Lundqvist isn’t the old Vezina Trophy King Henrik but he still has it and gives his team a chance to win every game.

The Rangers are 7-8 against the spread and 2-6 on the road. New York has scored 43 goals and allowed 47. They’re 6-9-0 on the over/under and 4-3-0 on the road. The Blueshirts are 11-4 on the puck line and 4-3 on the road.

Zibanejad is tied with Mats Zuccarello for the team lead in assists with 7 helpers each and he leads the team in points with 13. Kreider leads the team in goals with 7 lamplighters and has 4 assists. Pionk leads the Rangers’ blueline with 2 goals and 6 assists.

The Red Wings are 5-10 against the spread and 3-5 on the road. Detroit has scored 40 goals and allowed 55. They’re 8-6-1 on the over/under and 3-4-1 at home. The Wings are 8-7 on the puck line and 5-3 at home.

Dylan Larkin leads the Red Wings in goals with 6 lamplighters and points with 15. Gustav Nyquist leads the team in assists with 11 helpers. Dennis Cholowski leads the blueline with 2 goals and 6 assists.

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Neal Pionk's Spin + Coast-to-Coast Skate + Amazing Goal = 4 #NYR wins in a row! pic.twitter.com/uQCgJK2GZU

— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) November 7, 2018
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Goaltending Matchup
  • For the visiting Rangers, Lundqvist is 5-6-0-1 with a 2.64 GAA and .922 save percentage.
  • Backup Alexandar Georgiev is 2-1-0 with a 3.61 GAA and .897 save percentage.
  • For the Red Wings, Jimmy Howard is coming off a superb 40-save performance in a 3-2 shootout win over the Canucks Tuesday. He’s 4-5-0-2 with a 2.93 GAA and .917 save percentage.
  • Backup Jonathan Bernier is 4-1-3 with a 4.21 GAA and .873 save percentage.
M*A*S*H Report
  • For the visiting Rangers, Zuccarello (groin) is not on this current 2-game roadie. He’s day-to-day.
  • Defenseman Adam McQuaid (lower body injury) is on injured reserve.
  • Defenseman Fredrik Claesson is day-to-day with a upper body injury.
  • For the Red Wings, defenseman Jon Ericsson is on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury.
  • Forward Henrik Zetterberg is likely out for the season and retiring due to back issues.
  • Forward Thomas Vanek (lower body injury) is out 2-3 weeks.
  • Forward Andreas Athanasiou (leg) is a game time decision.
  • Forward Frans Nielsen is day-to-day with a concussion.
  • Forward Evgeny Svechnikov is out indefinitely after knee surgery.
  • Forward Johan Franzen is out indefinitely with a concussion.

Prediction: Rangers 4, Red Wings 1

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