by OddsShark (@OddsShark)
The Detroit Red Wings entered the all-star break in the midst of an 0-6 straight up and 1-5 against the spread slump. The Red Wings will try to snap out of this losing streak with a road win on Friday night against the New York Rangers.
Detroit is a +140 road underdog on the NHL odds in New York at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Rangers (-175) are 5-2 in their last seven games against Eastern Conference opponents.
Red Wings at Rangers | OddsShark Matchup Report
The Red Wings will have to wait a bit longer for the returns of Andreas Athanasiou and Jonathan Bernier as both are still nursing the injuries they were plagued with before the all-star break. Detroit needs all the reinforcements it can get with the league’s worst record of 12-35-4, worst offense averaging 2.12 goals per game, and worst defense averaging 3.88 goals allowed per game. Jimmy Howard’s last win in goal came back on October 29 as the veteran goaltender is now a staggering 0-14-2 in his last 16 starts.
In their last 10 games against New York, the Red Wings are are respectable 6-2-2 per the OddsShark NHL Database.
The Rangers received some good news for this Friday’s matchup as Artemi Panarin has been upgraded to probable to play against the Red Wings. The left winger is the unrivaled star on New York’s offense, leading the team in goals with 26, assists with 42, and +/- at a +22 through his 47 games played this season. With a record of 23-21-4, New York currently sits 11 points out of a wild card spot and appears to be heading to a third straight season outside of the playoff picture.
Friday night’s total is set at six goals at sports betting sites. The OVER is 7-1-1 in New York’s last nine games at home.
New York hasn’t been particularly strong at home this season with a 13-10-2 record at Madison Square Garden, but the Rangers will be facing a Red Wings team that is 4-19-2 with eight straight losses on the road. Detroit’s prospects of a road upset shrink significantly if Panarin is indeed healthy enough to play as expected.