Free NHL Picks for Red Wings vs. Rangers

Ross Benjamin

Sunday, March 9, 2014 12:09 PM GMT

Sunday, Mar. 9, 2014 12:09 PM GMT

The Rangers will host the Red Wings at Madison Square Garden in downtown Manhattan with the opening face-off slated for 12:35 PM ET. Detroit has won 12 of their last 16 meetings between these clubs. The odds are out; which side are you on?

According to NHL betting odds the Rangers are a -155 money line home favorite and the posted total is 5.0 The home team has won 7 of the last 10-games in this series. These teams haven't seen any of their last 5 meetings go over the total. The Rangers are currently tied for 2nd in the Metropolitan Division with the Philadelphia Flyers, and are 6th overall in the Eastern Conference. The Detroit Red Wings are 5th in the Atlantic Division and 8th overall in the Eastern Conference

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Resilient Red Wings

Despite the Red Wings roster being obliterated by injuries, the team has shown a ton of resiliency, and if the season were to end today they would qualify for the playoffs. Unfortunately they still have 19 regular season games left the play, and must continue to find different ways to come up with positive results. The Red Wins are coming off a huge confidence building home win in a 7-4 rout of the New Jersey Devils on Friday. The Red Wings were led by center Gustavvson Nyquist and right wing Johan Franzen who each accounted for 4-points apiece. The 7-goal outburst was the Red Wings largest this season. Detroit has now earned at least 1-point in 11 of their last 14-games overall. The Red Wings are a very respectable 17-14 veers us the money line on the road this season.

Back on Track

The Rangers were able to snap a 3-game losing streak on Friday in a 4-2 road win over the Carolina Hurricanes. With the win the Rangers improved to 19-11 on the road, which ranks among the best in the NHL. Conversely, and for whatever reason, the Rangers haven't been able to capture the same winning formula at home. Entering today's game they're a disappointing 15-19 versus the money line at Madison Square Garden. Following today's game the Rangers will play 11 of their remaining 17 regular season games on the road. The Rangers have gone over the total in just 3 of their last 13 home games.

2013-14 NHL Stanley Cup Betting Futures

Final Analysis

It would be easy to make an over wager in this contest considering these teams combined to score 11-goals in each of their previous games. However, with so much at stake for both teams in relation to their playoff chances, and with several teams breathing down their necks in the postseason race, I look for this to be a tight checking game that resembles a playoff game. My lean for my hockey pick here is toward a low scoring game.

NHL Pick: Red Wings/Rangers to go under the total of 5.0

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