New York Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev (40) makes a save with San Jose Sharks’ Kevin Leblanc (62) in front of the net during the third period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, in New York. Georgiev entered the game in the third period after starting goalie Igor Shesterkin left with an injury. The Rangers won 1-0. (AP Photo/John Munson)
The New York Rangers continue their West Coast road trip as they take on the San Jose Sharks at 10:30 PM EST on Thursday, January 13th, 2022
The Rangers are listed as -125 road favorites in the Thursday NHL odds
See below for a full breakdown of the Rangers vs Sharks odds, along with our best bet prediction
The New York Rangers head into SAP Arena to take on the San Jose Sharks on Thursday, January 13th who are currently on a three-game win streak. The total is set at 5.5 in the Thursday NHL odds, while New York is listed as -125 road favorites in the Rangers vs Sharks odds. Fortunately for the Rangers, they will be getting Igor Shesterkin, Julien Gauthier, and Ryan Reaves back from the COVID-19 reserve list.
Let’s take a look at the Rangers vs Sharks Thursday NHL odds from Caesars Sportsbook as we break down our best bet for this matchup.
Rangers vs Sharks Odds
10:30 PM EST
New York Rangers
O 5.5 (-110)
January 12th, 2022
San Jose Sharks
U 5.5 (-110)
Odds as of January 12th at Caesars Sportsbook
New York Rangers Road Favorites in Thursday NHL Odds
The New York Rangers are listed as road favorites in the Caesars Sportsbook Thursday NHL odds in their matchup with the Sharks. New York is coming off a 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings where they were outshot 39-23. However, this was a small blip in what has been a great stretch of hockey.
The Rangers are 4-2 in their last six games beating Tampa (twice), Edmonton, and Anaheim. Luckily for them, they get their star goaltender back for this one. Igor Shesterkin is set to come off the COVID-19 list as he tries to continue his impressive season and stay atop the Vezina Trophy odds list. The young Russian sports a 15-4-2 record, 2.09 GAA, and .936 SV%.
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I think as more players roll off the COVID-19 list this team will continue to get tighter defensively, which will ultimately lead to a better offensive game plan. Offense starts with good defense and that is led by Adam Fox, Jacob Trouba, Ryan Lindgren, and K’Andre Miller. This defensive unit allows the fourth-least goals per game (2.5) and owns the fourth-best penalty kill.
Although it won’t be an official play for this Rangers vs Sharks game, both these teams have been great to the under. The Rangers are hitting unders at a 66% clip (2nd), while Sharks games are going under 59.5% of the time.
San Jose Sharks Overvalued in NHL Betting Market
The Sharks have started to get on a little bit of a roll. San Jose lost their first two games of 2022 but responded by winning their last three. The three-game win streak features victories over Buffalo, Philadelphia, and Detroit. That being said, even though a three-game winning streak is great, how impressive actually is that against those teams?
Rangers vs Sharks Recent Results
NYR 1 – SJ 0
NYR 3 – SJ 2
SJ 3 – NYR 6
SJ 3 – NYR 4 (SO)
NYR 3 – SJ 2 (OT)
The combined record of those three teams is 39-68, which equates to a winning percentage of 36%. Moreover, in their last 10 games, their powerplay has scored just two goals in 22 tries. This team was known for their defensive play before the new year, but are allowing 4.0 goals per game since 2022.
Perfect time for Empire State sports bettors to get in on the action with the Rangers priced so low and New York online sports betting going live last weekend.
I think the NHL betting public is reading into this win streak a little too much. Hence, why I think San Jose is being overvalued in the Rangers vs Sharks odds and why I’ll have a play on Rangers moneyline.
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Rangers vs Sharks Prediction & Best Bet
The Rangers are 6-0 against the Sharks in their last six meetings. Whether or not it’s Adin Hill or James Reimer, I think bettors can get great value on the road favorite here. I set the Rangers moneyline around -140, depending on who starts in nets for New York.
This Sharks team is one of those rare cases where they are a worse home team than road team. They allow 3.22 goals per game at home and only score 2.78. Meanwhile, they’re going up against a Rangers team that’s allowed just 2.5 goals against in their last 10 games.
The Sharks are also 1-4 in their last five games as an underdog, which speaks to how they struggle when facing a well-rounded team. Take the Rangers moneyline at -125 in the Caesars Sportsbook Rangers vs Sharks odds.
Best Bet: Rangers Moneyline (-125)