Minnesota Wild vs. New York Rangers Prediction, NHL Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Jan 29, 2022

The New York Rangers are set to play the second half of a back-to-back on Friday night at home against the visiting Minnesota Wild.

Minnesota
53-22-3-4
AT
January 28, 2022, 8:00 PM ET
Madison Square Garden
NY Rangers
52-24-3-3
Puckline -1.5 +183
Moneyline -132
Over / Under o +6

38%

Betting Action

62%

Puckline +1.5 -220
Moneyline +110
Over / Under u +6

38%

Betting Action

62%

Looking to gain ground in the Central Division, the Minnesota Wild are headed to Madison Square Garden on Friday night to face a New York Rangers squad that sits in a three-way tie atop the Metropolitan Division.  Minnesota has points in seven straight games and has been off since Monday’s 8-2 rout of Montreal.  It’s a quick turnaround for the Rangers after they fell 5-3 in Columbus on Thursday.

The Wild are -140 favourites to win on the NHL odds, with a total of 6.0.

Wild vs. Rangers NHL Betting Odds

New York has taken the last two meetings between these teams, which both needed extra time to solve, although they haven’t played each other since February 2020.  Just over 60 per cent of Sports Interaction bettors are on Minnesota for this one, while almost 80 per cent of action is taking the Over.  The Over/Under has split evenly in the last 10 games between these teams.

The Wild have been hot lately as their seven-game point streak includes six outright wins.  They’re 21-17 against the spread this season, including 11-9 ATS on the road.  Pucks have been going in the net for Minnesota, with the total going Over in four of their last five games.

Madison Square Garden has been good to New York this year.  The Rangers have won five straight home games and have a 13-3-2 record in New York this season.  They’re an even 22-22 ATS overall and 8-10 ATS at home.  Like Minnesota, the total has gone Over in four of New York’s last five games.

Minnesota Wild

Minnesota absolutely crushed Montreal on Monday, with their eight-goal outburst matching a franchise record.  Eight different players scored for the Wild as Jared Spurgeon, Marcus Foligno, Connor Dewar (first career NHL goal), Nico Sturm, Mats Zuccarello, Matt Boldy, Jordie Benn and Kevin Fiala all found the back of the net.  Cam Talbot stopped 14 of 15 shots faced in the first two periods after missing the previous six games with a lower body injury.  Kaapo Kahkonen stopped five of six shots in the third period.

Kirill Kaprizov continues to exceed expectations and sits eighth in league scoring with 49 points (17G, 32A).  Zuccarello (12G, 26A, 38P) is on pace to set a new career-high in points, which he set with the Rangers in 2015-16.  Ryan Hartman‘s team-leading 18 goals is already just one shy of his career-best.

Talbot, the former backup to Henrik Lundqvist for two years in New York, is expected to get the start on Friday.  He had an injury scare last game and was held out of the third period as a precaution, but is reportedly fully healthy now.  Talbot is 16-8-1 this season with a 2.96 goals-against average and .910 save percentage.

New York Rangers

Despite outshooting Columbus 36-19, the Rangers came out on the wrong side of the score Thursday.  Artemi Panarin, Barclay Goodrow and Mika Zibanejad each scored in the loss.  Alexandar Georgiev stopped 14 of 18 shots to pick up his third loss in his last five games.  New York took an early 2-0 lead in the game before surrendering four straight goals to the Blue Jackets.  Zibanejad’s power-play marker in the third period brought the Rangers within one, but an empty net goal sealed the win for Columbus.

Panarin continues to lead this team offensively and sits 10th in league scoring with 48 points (12G, 26A).  Chris Kreider, whose previous career-high was 28 goals, has seemingly come out of nowhere this season to lead the NHL with 30 goals.  Kaapo Kakko (upper body), Filip Chytil (lower body) and Patrik Nemeth (personal) are all listed as questionable for Friday’s game.

Igor Shesterkin is expected to start against Minnesota.  Shesterkin has a 20-4-2 record this season and among goalies with at least five games played, he ranks fifth in GAA (2.07), third in SV (.937) and fourth in shutouts (three).

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