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Minnesota Wild vs New York Rangers, February 4th 2016
NHL Starting Goalies
- Minnesota Wild -> Devan Dubnyk/Darcy Kuemper
Devan Dubnyk was pulled after allowing five goals on 30 shots in Tuesday’s 5-3 loss to the Islanders. Darcy Kuemper entered the game in relief of Dubnyk, but it was too little too late for the Wild. Dubnyk and the Wild are ice-cold right now.
The 29-year-old has dropped six straight games (0-5-1) dating back to January 12. He has an 18-16-5 record with a 2.31 goals-against-average and a .920 save percentage this season.
Darcy Kuemper stopped all eight shots he faced in a relief appearance against the Islanders. Kuemper came into the game in the third period after Devan Dubnyk allowed five goals on 30 shots.
- New York Rangers -> Henrik Lundqvist
Henrik Lundqvist allowed three goals on 25 shots in the Rangers’ 3-2 loss to the Devils on Tuesday. New York blew 1-0 and 2-1 leads in this game, but they allowed the Devils to score the tying and go-ahead goal in the third period. Lundqvist has now dropped two of his last three games. The 33-year-old has a 23-14-4 record with a 2.43 goals-against-average and a .921 save percentage.
Henrik is 15-5 with a 2.24 goals against average at home while vs the Wild he is 5-4 with a 3.03 goals against average in his career
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Minnesota’s offense has been an issue nearly all season long ranking 20th overall in the league. Netting just 2.5 goals per game, and only converting on 17% of their power play chances which awfully ranks 22nd.
At the other end of the ice the Wild’s defense has held them in games all season long. Ranking 9th in goals allowed at just 2.4 goals per game the penalty killing department is what’s killing them. Allowing teams to convert on 79.4% which ranks 24th in the NHL.
Looking at the Rangers their high-powered offense has been the complete opposite of Minny. Currently ranking 5th overall potting 2.8 goals per game or more. Ironically their power play has been a struggle this season converting on just 17.3% of their chances which ranks 24th.
In the defensive department New York allows 2.6 goals per game which ranks 14th overall in the NHL, while allowing teams to convert on 21.6% of their power play chances, ranking 25th.
Money Line Odds
- Minnesota: (+131)
- New York: (-145)
Game Total Odds
- Over 5 (-110)
- Under 5 (-110)
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