Free NHL Picks For Tonight (Feb 23): Wild vs Rangers Prediction
The NHL has a smaller amount of games to open the weekend. Five matchups are on the board in total for Friday night. The Rangers and Wild meet for the second time in the ten days. The first game between these two teams was close and I expect that to be similar on Friday night. My picks for tonight is below and the odds can be found at Sportsbetting.ag – Don’t Miss 75% Up To $1000 Bonus. If you have thought about buying sports betting picks you should read our Pay For Picks article and take advantage of our free NHL consensus picks instead of paying.
Minnesota Wild vs New York Rangers Predictions
Both the Wild and Rangers made the playoffs last season, but it is looking like Minnesota will be the only team of the two to repeat that accomplishment this season. Minnesota enters the night with a 33-20-7 record. That puts the Wild in third place of the very competitive Central Division. New York enters the night 27-29-5. The Rangers are sitting in last place in the Metropolitan Division.
The Rangers and Wild met back on February 13 in Minnesota. The game was the first time these two teams met this season. The Wild jumped out to a very fast start. In the first 7 minutes of the first period Min, esota scored three goals. The Rangers calmed the game down though and were able to make it 3-1 by the end of the first period. Around the halfway mark of the second period, New York scored a second goal to make it 3-2. Both goalies had shutouts from this point on. Devan Dubnyk had thirty-two saves, while Henrik Lundqvist had 26 shots.
The Rangers have been hit hard with the injury bug recently. New York has lost defensemen Kevin Shattenkirk, Ryan McDonagh, Marc Staal and Steven Kampfer. The Rangers have also lost Chris Kreider and backup goalie Ondrej Pavelec. Marc Staal returned for Thursday’s matchup against the Canadiens. Chris Kreider and Ryan McDonagh both could return against the Wild.
Devan Dubnyk is expected to be in net for the Wild on Friday night. Dubnyk has gone 24-11-5 this season. He has posted a .919 save percentage and a GAA of 2.61. Dubnyk played great in the first matchup and will look to take the Rangers down a second time on Friday night.
Minnesota Wild (-146) at New York Rangers (+132)
Henrik Lundqvist is likely going to be in net for New York. Lundqvist has gone 23-21-4. He has a save percentage of .914 and a 2.89 GAA. Lundqvist will be looking for revenge after a rough start against Wild earlier in the month.
Both teams are coming off Thursday night games. The Wild played in New Jersey on Thursday night, while the Rangers played in Montreal. Minnesota had a 4-2 victory, which was their second straight victory. New York lost 3-1, which was their fifth straight loss.
The Rangers are at home and can end their losing streak. Minnesota is listed at -146, which means there are expected to win about sixty percent of the time. I believe this number is too high. Every losing streak must come to an end at some point. I believe this will mark the end of the Rangers losing streak. As this high of an underdog, I believe New York is the better bet in this game.