With about 20 games still remaining in the regular season for NHL teams, there’s lots of opportunities for puck bettors to cash in before playoff time. When analyzing a few specific betting situations, one team that stands out as a serious moneymaker is the New York Rangers. With six straight playoff appearances under their belts, the Rangers appear poised to finish the regular season strong and make another playoff push, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the situations below.
This is the Blueprint for how to be on the New York Rangers:
oddsmakers pay for calling them an underdog
The Rangers have been an underdog 14 times so far this season, but they’ve proven oddsmakers wrong, posting a very lucrative 11-3 record in those games. Had you bet $100 on them each time they’ve been an underdog you would have turned a profit of $1035.
The Rangers have some big games remaining on their schedule vs good teams this season including road games against the Wild, Sharks and Capitals where they’ll likely close as an underdog. Check them out in this spot and if they’re healthy, you know what to do.
Play the puckline on the road
At 21-8 outside of New York, the Rangers are the NHL’s best road team — you’d be up $1273 had you bet $100 on each of their road games. This has translated to a 20-9 puckline record on the road, making them one of the league’s top road puckline bets. The secret to their success outside of New York isn’t much of a secret at all as they rank third in the NHL in goals scored on the road, while they’ve allowed the fewest goals in the league in road games.
Catch them outside in the 2nd game of back-to-backs
The Rangers are 8-2 in the second game of back-to-backs this season, how bout dat? Yes, I’m a little late to the party with that reference, but hear me out. Usually, when a team is on the second half of a back-to-back it’s viewed as a red flag, but that’s not the case for the Blueshirts. Conveniently enough, the Rangers have five back-to-back situations remaining on their schedule, so when the sportsbook is waving that red flag giving their value a boost, jump all over them.
Look for In-Game Value when losing
Given the fact that they’ve entered 77% of their games this season as a favorite, you have to take value with this team when you can find it. We know to bet them as an underdog, but another spot to be on the lookout for is when they’re losing early in games as they’re one of just two teams in the league with a winning record when their opponent scores first and when they’re down after one period — the other team is the Penguins. So, make sure you’re scoreboard watching early in Rangers games. If you see them down and can get them at plus money, take full advantage based on their proven ability to get back into games.