One play in the NHL today with 3 games on the board…
New York Rangers @ Winnipeg Jets – UNDER 5.5 GOALS (-124)
(Note: I’m risking 1.24 units to win 1 unit)
The Rangers are in Winnipeg to finish off their 7 game road trip to start the season. The Rangers haven’t had much success on the trip, going 2-2-2 and are averaging just 2 goals per game with just 12 on the season. Winnipeg has started to see some success, winning 2 of their last 4 games and getting a point in one of those loses. The Jets are still only averaging 2.3 goals per game this year though. Both teams are struggling on the powerplay, with the Rangers only converting 4.3% of their opportunities, while the Jets are a little more respectable at 12.9%. Two backups will be in net tonight, but I don’t think that makes a difference here for the UNDER. Martin Biron was 8-6 last season and had a 2.13 GAA and .923 SV%. Chris Mason has actually been the better of the two Winnipeg goalies, with a 2.67 GAA and .906 SV%. After coming in on Saturday and getting the victory Mason can potentially get the coaching staff on his side with a big performance tonight. The Rangers have had only one game go over 5.5 goals this season, with the following totals in games played this season: 2, 5, 4, 6, 3, and 5. Also note that the Rangers have been held to les than 20 shots in three of their six games to start the season. Atlanta has held opponents to 22, 29, and 24 shots against when playing at home. Note that the UNDER is 34-14-4 in the Rangers last 51 road games, and 20-6-4 in their last 30 games playing on 1 days rest. The UNDER is 9-4 in the Jets last 13 games as an underdog, and 12-4-1 in their last 17 games as a home underdog. The UNDER is also 10-4 in these two teams last 14 meetings. The Rangers are at the end of a long road trip, which included 2 games played in Europe, and I’m not sure they will have much in the gas tank for tonight’s game. We have Biron in season debut, who wants to continue from his success last season, and Mason who wants to win the number 1 spot in between the pipes for Winnipeg. There is value here on the UNDER.