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Detroit Red Wings at New York Rangers odds, picks and best bets - WSTale.com

31st January, 17:44

The Detroit Red Wings (12-35-4) visit the New York Rangers (23-21-4) Friday at Madison Square Garden for a 7 p.m. ET puck drop. We analyze the Red Wings-Rangers sports betting odds and lines, while providing NHL betting tips and picks around this matchup.

Jimmy Howard vs. Igor Shesterkin

Howard remains in search of his first win since Oct. 29. He has gone 0-14-2 in that time and is now 2-19-2 on the season with a .883 save percentage and 4.12 goals against average.

Shesterkin, 24, will make his fourth NHL start. He is 2-1-0 on the season with eight goals allowed through three games. He has stopped 104 of 112 shots faced.

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Rangers 5, Red Wings 2

The RANGERS (-222) are heavy home favorites but remain the play, as are most teams when going up against the Red Wings (+180). Detroit is mired in another six-game losing streak and it has gone 2-7-1 over its last 10 games. The Wings are just 4-19-2 on the road for the season and buried firmly in last place with a minus-90 goal differential.

New York is well worth swallowing the chalk in what has become nearly an automatic win for most teams in the NHL this season. It is 4-6-0 over its last 10 games but 13-10-2 at home. The Rangers beat the Wings 5-1 in the season's first head-to-head meeting Nov. 6.

Even the unproven Shesterkin has a significant edge in the goaltending battle when facing Howard. Back the RANGERS (-1.5, +125) to win by at least 2 goals at a much more profitable number. The Rangers are 31-17 against the spread overall and 16-9 at home. The Red Wings are 20-31 ATS overall and 10-15 on the road.

Take the OVER 6.5 (+125) on a small wager. New York is 6-3-1 against the Over/Under across its last 10 games, while Detroit is 4-5-1 over the same sample size. Expect the Rangers to handle the bulk of the scoring while handing Howard his usual 4-plus goals allowed.

Esten's NHL betting record: 189-178

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