NHL Odds, Preview, Prediction: Rangers vs. Red Wings (March 30)

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Bruce Bennett/Getty Images. Pictured: Frank Vatrano.

  • The Rangers are big road favorites against the Red Wings on Wednesday night.
  • New York is playing well of late, while Detroit lost one game by nine goals last week.
  • NHL betting analyst Jonny Lazarus breaks down the matchup, making his picks and predictions below.

Rangers vs. Red Wings Odds

Rangers Odds-200
Red Wings Odds+165
Time7:30 p.m. ET
Odds via BetMGM. Get up-to-the-minute NHL Odds here.

The New York Rangers head to Detroit to take on the Red Wings for their second game of a back-to-back after a huge road win in Pittsburgh.

The Detroit Red Wings are coming off what could be their most embarrassing loss in franchise history, an 11-2 loss to the Penguins, amd are looking for some redemption.

Rangers Inch Closer To First Place

After Tuesday night's win, the Rangers are in sole possession of second place in the Metropolitan Division, only five points back of the first-place Carolina Hurricanes.

The Rangers come into this game on a three-game win streak and winners in five out of their last six games. They have looked like they found new life since the trade deadline.

Frank Vatrano continues his electric play, as he now has five goals in his last five games. Andrew Copp extended his point streak to four games (first four games as a Rangers) with an assist against the Penguins, but the two guys that remain to be the biggest stories for this team are Chris Kreider and Igor Shesterkin. Kreider tallied his 45th goal of the season last night and Shesterkin made 22 saves to help secure the win.

It won't surprise me if Gerard Gallant starts Alexandar Georgiev in this game to give Shesterkin some extra rest until the Rangers play the Islanders on Friday.

Georgiev has won his last three starts against the Ducks, Hurricanes and Sabres. In those three games, he gave up seven goals on 84 total shots. He has come up big for the Rangers as of late.

Red Wings Seek Redemption 

The last time these two teams played, the Red Wings got the best of the Rangers in a great game at Madison Square Garden that resulted in the 3-2 shootout victory.

The Wings come into this game on a three-game losing streak and have been outscored by their opponents by a combined 18-5 in that span. Detroit doesn't really have any chance at making the playoffs, so it's just trying to play spoiler against teams like the Rangers.

After Sunday's loss, the Red Wings now have the highest goals against average in the league, allowing 3.8 goals against per game. Alex Nedeljkovic is the expected starter for this contest and he has had a decent season, not good, not terrible. He's 17-20-7 on the year with a .901 save percentage and 3.26 Goals Against Average and will be tested against a Rangers team that's buzzing.

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Rangers vs. Red Wings Pick

The Rangers are really starting to hit their stride as the regular season winds down. The new acquisitions have fit into the lineup very nicely, and there is a chance that Ryan Strome returns to the lineup.

The Red Wings may have won the last contest between these two, but it will be very tough for them to beat the Rangers again. Detroit has the worst penalty kill in the league and New York has the second best power-play. Having gone 1-for-1 in the last meeting, the Rangers will look to exploit this weakness again while hopefully drawing more calls.

With the way the Rangers are playing right now, I think they win this won in regulation.

Pick: Rangers to win in regulation -130

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