New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin against the San Jose Sharks during an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
The New York Rangers visit the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday, March 8th, 2022
New York is listed as road underdogs in the Tuesday NHL odds
Read below for Rangers vs Wild odds, predictions, and pick
A busy Tuesday in the NHL features a matchup between the New York Rangers (36-15-5) and Minnesota Wild (32-19-3) on March 8th. The puck drops at 8:00 PM EST at Xcel Energy Center. New York is listed as +123 road underdogs in the Rangers vs Wild Tuesday NHL odds. The total is set at 6 in a matchup that features one of the NHL’s top goalies in Igor Shesterkin.
Let’s take a look at the Rangers vs Wild odds and offer you our NHL best bet prediction for Tuesday’s game.
Rangers vs Wild Odds
Tuesday, Mar. 8
New York Rangers
O 6 (-107)
U 6 (-114)
Odds as of March 7th at Barstool Sportsbook App
The Wild are listed on the puck line at +165 odds, while the Rangers are -200 to keep the game within two goals in the New York online sports betting markets. Minnesota’s -150 moneyline price gives them a 60% implied probability to win the game.
Rangers Offer Underdog Value in Tuesday NHL Odds
New York is listed as rare road underdogs in the Tuesday NHL odds versus Minnesota. This means they have a 44.8% implied probability of beating the Wild. The Rangers currently sit second in the Metropolitan Division standings with 77 points in 56 games.
Tuesday will mark only the second time in 10 games that the Rangers are available as plus-money underdogs. New York is currently on an impressive 7-2-1 run that includes a three-game winning streak. Gerard Gallant’s team beat Winnipeg 4-1 in their last game Sunday.
New York’s current winning streak is primarily due to the play of goaltender Igor Shesterkin. Since the start of 2022, Shesterkin has allowed only 27 goals against in 16 games played. The Russian netminder is now a heavy -120 favorite in the updated Vezina Trophy odds.
New York is a top-two defensive team based on GAA, but their offense has been inconsistent. The Rangers are only scoring 2.95 goals per game, which is 18th in the league. New York’s top offensive performer is Chris Kreider, who is second in the NHL with 38 goals.
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Wild Betting Analysis as Home Favorites
Minnesota is -150 home favorites in the Tuesday NHL odds despite owning a two-game losing streak. The Wild have only managed two total victories in their last 10 games. Despite the current slump, the Wild remain third in the Central Division with 67 points in 54 games. Minnesota are longshots at this point of the season in the NHL Divisional odds to win the Central.
One of the reasons the Wild are favored to beat the Rangers is due to their play on home ice. Minnesota has been one of the best NHL home teams in 2021-22, posting a 16-6-1 record at Xcel Energy Center. They did lose 6-3 to the Stars in their last game on Sunday, however.
Back at home again on Tuesday. #mnwild pic.twitter.com/xxynPJrKSK
— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) March 7, 2022
Defense and goaltending are the primary reasons the Wild are struggling right now. Minnesota has given up four or more goals in five consecutive contests. Netminder Cam Talbot (.908 SV%, 2.98 GAA) is projected to start in goal vs the Rangers on Tuesday.
Although the Wild are having trouble keeping the puck out of their net, they’re finding ways to light the lamp offensively. Minnesota is the third-highest scoring team in the NHL, averaging 3.69 goals per game. Superstar Kirill Kaprizov leads the way with 70 points in 53 contests.
Rangers vs Wild Pick & Prediction
On the surface, the wrong team appears to be favored in the Rangers vs Wild odds. Sure, Minnesota is a strong home team, but they haven’t won at Xcel Energy Center since Feb. 14 vs Detroit. The Rangers are a solid 17-10-2 on the road in 2021-22.
Taking a look at recent history, we can see the Wild have taken five of the past seven meetings with the Rangers. The only meeting this season was a tightly played contest on Jan. 28 that saw Minnesota win 3-2 at Madison Square Garden.
Rangers vs Wild Recent Results
NYR 2 – MIN 3
MIN 3 – NYR 4 SO
NYR 3 – MIN 2 OT
MIN 5 – NYR 2
NYR 1 – MIN 4
Given the recent performances of both teams, this NHL betting line is likely to shift towards the underdog before puck drop. You should be able to get some solid closing line value by taking the Rangers as plus-money underdogs (+123) in the Tuesday NHL odds.
With the level Shesterkin is playing at and Minnesota’s defensive struggles, the Rangers are a worthwhile underdog play versus Minnesota. Grab New York on the moneyline at Barstool Sportsbook before the value disappears in the Rangers vs Wild odds.
Pick: Rangers ML (+123)