Nashville Predators vs. New York Rangers Free Pick 03/02/15
Play Over 5.5. goals.
A big reason to why we find the Predators sitting top of the NHL spells Pekka Rinne. The Vezina candidate has not been particularly sharp over recent contests though, conceding seven goals over back-to-back losses to the Wild and the Red Wings. The Rangers goaltending situation is less than ideal as well. With King Henrik still out the Rangers will turn to Cam Talbot once again and he has posted a 2.80 GAA over his 12 starts since the Swede got injured.
Nashville is off a 4-3 loss against Detroit Saturday and the over is 4-1 in its last five playing on one day of rest. The over is 5-2 in its last seven and 8-2 in the Rangers last 10 overall. The New York club did also play Saturday as it suffered a 4-2 loss at Philadelphia, and eight of its last 11 playing on one day of rest have gone over the total.
The Preds averages 2.94 goals per game away from home and the Rangers are lighting up the lamp at an even greater frequency on home ice, averaging 3.00 goals per game at MSG. They’ve just bolstered their already prolific offense by adding one of the league’s best offensive defensemen in Keith Yandle. He had managed four goals and 37 assists over 63 games with the otherwise offensively challenged Arizona Coyotes and is expected to take the ice as a Ranger for the first time tonight.
With both clubs expected to comfortably making the play offs there is no reason why we wouldn’t see an open and positive game of hockey here.