New York Rangers at Anaheim Ducks Betting Analysis & Predictions
New York sports betting is live, as of Saturday morning, so we break down the matchup for the New York Rangers at the Anaheim Ducks Saturday night as you decide how you want to bet.
Rangers Looking to Bounce Back
The Rangers look to bounce back from a 5-1 drubbing from the Vegas Golden Knights in the second game of their current five-game road trip. The betting line is expected to open with the Rangers modest favorites of -110 to -115 on the moneyline and a total of 5.5 goals.
In that loss to the Golden Knights, Jonathan Marchessault had two goals and their netminder Robin Lehner returned to action after a 3-week layoff because of a lower-body injury to record 18 saves. The win stopped a two-game losing streak and extended Vegas’ lead to four points in the Pacific Division over the Ducks. So, this matchup features two of the best teams in the NHL and in their respective conferences.
Despite the loss to the Knights, the Rangers remain in a tie with the Washington Capitals in the highly competitive Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference with 48 points.
Rangers Have Edge in Goal
In Saturday’s game at the Honda Center, the Rangers have a significant edge with Igor Shesterkin in the net. He has amassed an outstanding 15-4-0-2 record and is allowing just 2.09 goals per game on the season. When he is in the net, the UNDER has been a highly profitable 21-12-2 for 64% winning bets. The Rangers are 15-2 when installed as the favorite and Shesterkin is in the net this season.
The Ducks are expected to have John Gibson between the pipes, and he has earned a 12-9-3-3 record and allows 2.64 goals per game on the season. With him at goal, the puck line has been a highly profitable 27-9 for 75% winning bets this season. As a favorite, the Ducks are 8-2, but just 10-11 when priced as a money line underdog, with Gibson minding the net this season.
Rangers Rank Near Top of NHL in Defense
The Rangers winning ways this season is led by their defense that ranks fifth in the league, allowing 2.543 goals per game, third with an impressive 7.95 opponent shooting percentage, and third with their goalies saving 92% of the shots on goal. Plus, Shesterkin is coming off back-to-back wins over the best team in the league, the Tampa Bay Lightning. In his last game, he and the Rangers defense shutout the Lightning, who have been shutout just twice this season.
Let’s look at a solid money-making NHL betting angle that supports making a wager on the NY Rangers and has earned a 168-142 record using the moneyline and has made the $100 bettor a $5,300 profit over the past five seasons. The requirements are to bet on road teams using the moneyline that is playing their second game in the past five games and facing a host that is playing their fifth game over the last two weeks.
The Ducks have been a horrid 3-22 when facing an extremely good team sporting a 60-to-75%-win percentage on the season in games played over the past two seasons. The Rangers have been a solid wager producing a 21-11 record when facing teams that allow four or fewer power play opportunities this season. Looks like a solid wagering opportunity on the Rangers using the money line.
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