NHL Pick Of The Day 02/21
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02/21 - Minnesota Wild @ New York Rangers
Pick: New York Rangers ML -115
The Rags return home after a 4-game road trip during which they went 2-2, defeating the Sabres and Canes while suffering one-goal defeats to the Penguins and Jets, both of whom are extremely solid home teams and have superior records to the Wild. They've been a pretty solid home team this year going 15-9-6 and have gone 4-4 in their last 8 home games but have beat the Leafs and Bruins along the way and lost by just one against the league-leading Lightning. Meanwhile, Minnesota is an absolute mess right now, coming off an embarrassing 4-0 loss at home to the lowly Ducks (which we made money off of if you guys remember). They've now been outscored 8-0 in their last 2 games as they've been able to get nothing done on either side of the ice, and have now lost 5 straight games and 9 of their last 10, with the only win coming against a below-average New Jersey squad. They're allowing 3.80 goals per game in that 10-game span while managing just 2.20 of their own and are looking super beatable right now. They've lost 6 of their last 7 games to teams with losing records while the Rags have won 7 of their last 10 games as the favorite and I think we're getting a good price to fade the miserable Mild Men and rock with a New York team that's been looking better lately.
Henrik Lundqvist will start in goal for the Rags and he's tightened up his play lately as he has a 2.97 GAA on the season but has posted a 2.56 GAA in his last 9 games and has a 2.69 GAA at home this season. On the other end, Minnesota will give Devan Dubnyk the nod in net and he's been a dumpster fire lately behind the lackluster Wild defense, losing 7 of his last 8 starts with a 3.25 GAA in those games, and has allowed 13 goals total in his last 3 starts, and I think it's also worth noting that Lundqvist has a better SV% on the season than Dubnyk.