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Red Wings vs Rangers Odds, Predictions and Best NHL Pick for Thursday (Feb 17)

Robert Duff

by Robert Duff in NHL Hockey

Updated Feb 16, 2022 · 5:43 PM PST

Rangers vs Red Wings Thursday NHL odds
Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin (71) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Minnesota Wild during the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Feb. 14, 2022, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)
  • The New York Rangers are -210 home favorites over the Detroit Red Wings in an NHL game scheduled for Thursday, February 17
  • Detroit is in the midst of a seven-game stretch facing seven of the top eight teams in the NHL standings
  • See the Red Wings vs Rangers Thursday NHL odds, along with our best bet prediction below

If you’ve got to beat the best to be the best, then the Detroit Red Wings are in the process of gaining a pretty fair handle on where they currently stand in the NHL pecking order. Oddsmakers are setting New York as solid -210 favorites in the Red Wings vs Rangers Thursday NHL odds. New York is 6-0 straight up in the club’s last six home games.

Thursday’s game against the New York Rangers will be the second of seven in a row for Detroit against teams that rate among the top eight clubs in the NHL’s overall standings.

Detroit currently sits ninth in the Eastern Conference, eight points behind the Boston Bruins for the final playoff spot in the East in the NHL playoff odds. The Bruins are holding three games in hand on the Wings.

Red Wings vs Rangers Odds

Game Time (ET) Team Moneyline Puck Line Total
Thursday Feb. 17 Detroit Red Wings +170 +1.5 (-140) O 6 (-105)
7pm New York Rangers -210 -1.5 (+120) U 6 (-115)

Odds as of February 16th at DraftKings Sportsbook App.

Puck drop for Thursday’s game at Madison Square Garden is set for 7 PM EST. The New York online sports betting market list the Rangers to win by 2+ at +120.

Detroit’s underdog betting line of +170 leaves the Wings with an IP of victory that’s set at 37.04%.

Red Wings vs Rangers NHL Betting Trends

Five of the past six Rangers-Red Wings games have gone under. However, five of the past six Detroit games have gone over.

Detroit simply can’t keep the puck out of the net. Monday’s 7-4 road loss to the Minnesota Wild marked the 17th time in 50 games that the Wings have surrendered five or more goals. That’s 34% of their games.

Red Wings vs Rangers Recent Results

Date Home-Away Moneyline Puck Line Over/Under
3/7//2019 Detroit 3 NY Rangers 2 (OT) DET DET Under
3/19/2019 NY Rangers 2 Detroit  3 DET DET Under
11/6/2019 NY Rangers 5 Detroit 1 NYR NYR Under
1/31/2020 NY Rangers 4 Detroit 2 NYR NYR Push
2/1//2020 Detroit 1 NY Rangers 0 DET DET Under

Detroit captain Dylan Larkin has collected 3-7-10 totals over the past five games and 9-10-19 numbers through the past 12 games.

Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad is showing 3-4-7 digits in the past five games. Forward Artemi Panarin has five assists over the same period.

Lindstrom Out Again For Red Wings

Red Wings defenseman Gustav Lindstrom scored his first NHL goal in Monday’s loss. He also suffered what’s being termed a mid-body injury and is out Thursday. It’s the fourth time this season he’s gone on the shelf.  Forward Vladislav Namestnikov (undisclosed) is day-to-day. He missed Monday’s game.


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Forwards Sammy Blais (upper-body injury) and Kaapo Kakko (lower-body injury) are out for the Rangers.

How to Bet Backup Goaltenders

Playing his first game since Jan. 9, Red Wings backup Thomas Greiss made 32 saves in a 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday. He’d been in COVID-19 protocol.

After Alex Nedeljkovic was touched for six goals (one was an empty-net tally) on Monday, Greiss is likely to get the nod against the Rangers. Although he’s not a top candidate for top rookie at this point, Nedeljkovic is listed at +4000 in the Calder Trophy odds.

Red Wings vs Rangers Projected Starting Goalies

Team Goalie Record SV% GAA
Red Wings Thomas Greiss 7-7-1 .898 3.27
Rangers Alexandar Georgiev 7-7-2 .898 2.99

The Red Wings are getting a steady diet of opposition backup goalies this season. Minnesota #2 Kaapo Kahkonen beat them on Monday.

Rangers #1 Igor Shesterkin briefly left Tuesday’s 2-1 shootout win over the Bruins after being run by Boston forward Craig Smith. Alexandar Georgiev played 41 seconds of overtime. Shesterkin was cleared from concussion protocol and was able to return for the shootout. This seems like a game where the Rangers will go with Georgiev, though.

Whichever goaltender the Rangers end up going with, it will certainly affect the Red Wings vs Rangers odds.


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Red Wings vs Rangers Pick & Prediction

The Rangers have won five of their last seven games and eight of the past 11 contests. New York is 13-2 SU against Atlantic Division opposition this season.

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Detroit is 5-15 SU in the club’s last 20 road games. The Wings are 1-13 SU in their last 14 games as a betting underdog.

Although Michigan sports bettors must want to stay true with their in-state team, the Red Wings have struggled against New York. Detroit +1.5 isn’t even worth -140 in the Red Wings vs Rangers Thursday NHL odds.

Pick: New York Rangers ML (-210)

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