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NHL Red Wings at Rangers

February 05, 2007

NHL Hockey - Detroit Red Wings (-110, 5½) at New York Rangers 7:00 PM EST

Red WingsIt would be unmistakable to say the NHL schedule is light this Monday with tonight’s match-up between Detroit and New York being the only game on the board.

The Red Wings have put together three straight wins after starting the second half with a sloppy loss at St. Louis. New York on the other hand, has lost four of six and is in desperate need of some offense.

Detroit will face a former teammate in Brendan Shanahan, who signed in the off-season with the Rangers. The longtime Red Wing has hardly missed a beat in the Big Apple being the team’s leading scorer with 26 goals. His departure has forced Detroit to be more balanced. This shows with the Red Wings having seven scorers in double figures led by Henrik Zetterberg’s 21 goals and three other players with either eight or nine pucks buried in the netting.

New York may have to send out some rangers to help find an offense that has gone quiet in recent games. In New York’s last six contests they have scored two or less goals five times with just a six spot outburst against beleaguered Boston. Things will be not be any easier tonight either since the Rangers are just 4-13 ATS after 2 straight close losses by 1 goal.

New York opens as +110 home underdog at sportsbook.com, with a weak 10-14 ATS record at Madison Square Garden.

Detroit is fourth in the NHL in shot attempts and New York is 9-18 ATS against good offensive teams, averaging 29.5+ shots on goal per game this season.

The Red Wings are 32-12 ATS in road games after a game where they covered the spread.


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