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Red Wings Rangers Betting –Blueshirts End Slump Against Beaten-Up Red

Posted by Don Melrose on 3/20/2012 2:55:21 PM
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Sports betting sharps could be getting a preview of the Stanley Cup finals when Detroit heads to New York to take on the Rangers on Wednesday, but the Red Wings have a ton of injuries in their lineup right now, even too many to continue their mastery of the Rangers, who are coming off a massive division win.

What: NHL Betting
When: Wednesday, March 21st, 7:30 PM ET
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Pick: New York Rangers

Why Bet On Detroit Red Wings (44-25-4)

The Red Wings are sliding down the ranks after a 5-3 loss at home against Washington, and even though Detroit is battling a number of injuries to important players, that is still no excuse for this recent slump as the Red Wings haven’t won in five games. Kyle Quincey, Todd Bertuzzi and Danny Cleary all found the back of the net for the Red Wings, while Jimmy Howard made just 17 saves as Detroit held a 33-22 edge in shots at Joe Louis Arena, where they had lost just five times this season. The Red Wings were down 3-0 at the end of the first period and their penalty killing was atrocious as the Capitals scored on three of their four chances with the man advantage and Detroit is failing down the ranks at completely the wrong time, at the business end of the season. You have to think that the Red Wings know what they’re doing, which is trying to get everyone back and healthy for the postseason.

Darren Helm (knee) joins Johan Franzen (back), backup goalie Joey MacDonald (back), captain Nicklas Lidstrom (ankle), Jakub Kindl (upper body), Jonathan Ericsson (wrist) and Patrick Eaves (jaw/concussion) on the sidelines, but everyone outside of Helm and Eaves should be back by the end of the month. That should give the Red Wings some reinforcements, but Detroit is slipping outside of the home-ice spots as they’re fifth in the Western Conference right now. That would be a huge blow to their NHL betting chances in the playoffs, given how successful the Red Wings are at “The Joe” this season. 

Why Bet On New York Rangers (45-20-7)

The Rangers came out on top in a 4-2 affair with New Jersey that featured three fights in the first three seconds of the game (that’s right, three seconds into the game), snapping a two-game skid and keeping the Rangers in first place in the Eastern Conference. Brandon Dubinsky, Dan Girardi, Mats Zuccarello and Derek Stepan notched singles, while Henrik Lundqvist stopped 20 shots for the Rangers, who outshot Devils 27-22, including 13-6 in the first period as they controlled the opening 20 minutes. Those fights to start the game showed an urgency for these Atlantic Division rivals, and it may have inspired the Rangers to clinch the first playoff spot in the East, but now they have to hold onto the top spot with Pittsburgh and Philadelphia hot on their heels. After a pair of losses at home to the Penguins as well as Colorado, the Rangers needed to come out with a strong performance and the Devils played into their hands as they tried to intimidate New York on their ice; that wasn’t going to happen and the Rangers stepped up to meet the challenge.

Artem Anisemov (shoulder) and Steve Eminger (shoulder) are both out, but they’ve probably been afforded a little more time to recover due to the Rangers clinching a playoff spot, but they can’t rest on their laurels as they have some tough games to close out the season, including road games at Philadelphia and Pittsburgh that could decide the fate of the Atlantic Division. It has been a fantastic season on Broadway as no one expected the Rangers to battle for the division title, much less the conference, but now they have to close the deal.

How It Will Play Out

Look for New York to be the NHL betting favorites at home, but the Red Wings have had their way with the Rangers as of late with nine wins in their last 10 meetings, and half have fallen under the posted total. The Red Wings have also won seven of their last eight at Madison Square Garden, but they may be too banged up to continue that trend.

They aren’t excuses, but facts: Detroit is simply too injured to compete with the top teams in the league right now, although the playoffs are the focus now and they’re trying to get everyone healthy. The Rangers have a pair of hot teams chasing them in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Look for the urgency from the New Jersey game to carry over and wager on the Rangers to end their Detroit jinx in your online betting picks.

Red Wings Rangers Betting Pick: New York Rangers



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