NHL Hockey Betting: Dallas Stars at New York Rangers

NHL Hockey Betting:  Dallas Stars at New York Rangers

Non conference action at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night as the New York Rangers host the Dallas Stars. The Rangers are in a four way battle in the Metropolitan Division and need to keep pace with the teams at the top of the division. The Washington Capitals are playing better than anyone in the NHL at the moment and have won 9 straight. When the Caps get confidence and ‘swagger’ they’re scary as they demonstrated last year. Washington leads the Metro with 63 points, 1 point ahead of the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins are tied for third with 57 points. For now, they don’t have to worry about Philadelphia (50 points) or Carolina (49 points) but if either of those teams were to start playing better that could quickly change.

The Dallas Stars have been highly erratic this year. They had been playing better of late (4-5-1 L10) but they’ve lost two straight and have been awful on the road all season long. Away from Texas the Stars are 6-12-4 compared to 12-7-4 at home. They’ll be facing New York’s starting goalie Henrik Lundqvist who will be back between the pipes on Tuesday. Lundqvist has put up decent numbers this season but not on the level of the Vezina Cup contenders like Devan Dubnyk or Sergei Bobrovsky. ‘King Henrik’ has a record of 18-11-1 with a 2.72 goals against average and a 0.907 save percentage. He’ll be opposed by Antti Niemi who has been decent though not great this season. Niemi has a 9-7-4 record with a 2.98 goals against average and a 0.907 save percentage.

We’d like to step in and go against the Rangers but it’s hard to use Dallas in this spot. Not only are the Stars a poor road team they’ve been really bad against opponents with winning records this year going 5-13 -8.8 units on the season. The Rangers on the other hand have taken care of business against opponents with losing record going 14-7. Despite that solid record they’re just +1.3 units in those game which underscores their inflated value. New York is also 14-4 +7.2 units against the Western Conference this year while the Stars are a dismal 2-9 -9.4 units in non-conference games.