Looking for the best NHL Picks? In this article, we’ll give you our top NHL picks today for two games on Friday, February 21, 2020. These matchups include the New York Rangers at Carolina Hurricanes & Detroit Red Wings at New York Islanders.
The New York Rangers will be looking for the season-series sweep when they travel to face the Carolina Hurricanes. New York has won the three games this season by a combined score of 12-7. The first of our NHL betting picks is for the Rangers to pull the “upset” and win outright on the money line.
NHL Betting Lines: Rangers at Hurricanes
It’s really comical that the Rangers are underdogs once again. Honestly, it’s almost like the oddsmakers aren’t even watching this team lately. New York has now won five straight games on the road. All of those wins against the Hurricanes came before the new calendar when the Rangers weren’t even that great of a team. Now, that they’re rocking and rolling, getting this much value on the money line is just too much to pass up on.
Rangers Betting Form
The Rangers have a couple of games in hand on teams ahead of them in the playoff race. It’s very important that this team keeps playing hard in front of Monday’s trade deadline. Chris Kreider is the big target for a lot of teams out there, and it almost seemed like a certainty that he’d be gone by now.
However, stacking all the wins up has the Rangers only six points away from that last Wild Card spot. The team that owns that final playoff spot is the Hurricanes.
Rookie goaltender Igor Shesterkin has been fantastic with a 7-1-0 record, 2.25 GAA and .939 save percentage since getting called up to the NHL. Folks, we’re seeing a superstar in the making here. You can even tell the excitement that the Rangers get playing in front of this; not only from the record but just the level of excitement watching these games.
Hurricanes Betting Form
The Hurricanes really haven’t had much consistency in the win-loss department. However, seven of their last nine games have gone over the total. That’s not great to be getting into these run-and-gun matchups with the Rangers, considering they do have the much better goalie.
Petr Mrazek is putting a stamp on being the Hurricanes starter down the stretch. Although neither guy has been as good of a goalie as Shesterkin, Carolina is getting by for the time being. Mrazek has done well recently against two subpar opponents, stopping 63 of the last 66 shots he’s seen.
NHL Betting Pick: Rangers Money Line (+148)
With the Rangers on their hottest streak of the year, we’ve got no doubt that they’ll be on the winning side tonight. Shesterkin is playing too damn well in net and New York is scoring plenty of goals to make sure he doesn’t get that second loss. If you get a chance to watch this game tonight, make sure you do so. The Rangers are really playing some entertaining hockey at the moment.
Detroit Red Wings at New York Islanders
DET | Money Line: +240 | Puck Line (+1.5): -115 – at – NYI | Money Line: -286 | Puck Line (-1.5): -104 Total: 5.5 Goals | O: -103 | U: -120
7:00 p.m. EST Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum – Uniondale, LI
The Detroit Red Wings and New York Islanders will meet for the third and final time this season. New York has outscored Detroit by a combined total of 12-3 in the previous two meetings. We like the same result to go down tonight, and that’s why the second of our NHL betting picks is for the Islanders to win on the puck line.
NHL Betting Lines: Red Wings at Islanders
This will be the highest money-line number of the season for the Islanders at -286. When favored by at least -180 this season, New York is 5-1 with all five of those wins coming by two goals or more. It’s also worth noting the Islanders haven’t allowed more than two goals in all but one of those games. We had a similar situation the other night with the Blues playing poorly and then coming home to shutout a lowly Devils team.
Red Wings Betting Form
As underdogs of +230 or more this season, the Red Wings are 1-12 – with 10 of those losses coming by two goals or more. Obviously, Detroit has been a bad team all season, with a league-low 34 points. But it’s worth noting how much worse it has been on the road for this team. Away from Detroit, the Red Wings have lost five straight and 14 of the last 15.
It doesn’t really matter whether it’s Jonathan Bernier or Jimmy Howard in the net. Aside from a couple of starts here and there, both guys are allowing three goals or more in most of these games. In fact, no other team is allowing more goals per game (3.71) this season.
Islanders Betting Form
The Islanders finally return home after a disastrous West Coast road trip, where they went 0-4 and scored a total of only two goals. Getting back home will certainly be a big boost for this team’s ego, which has been marred over the last few games.
This could be a chance for the Islanders to get Thomas Greiss some time in net. Admittedly, he hasn’t been great, with four straight starts allowing three goals or more. However, this is certainly a chance for Greiss to get back on the good foot. In addition to allowing the most goals in the NHL, the Red Wings are also scoring the fewest goals per game (2.02) by far.
NHL Betting Pick: Islanders Puck Line -1.5 (-104)
The entire story is in the money-line and puck-line numbers. As we mentioned earlier, this is the highest money-line number of the season for the Islanders and they’ve performed well above expectations when favored by at least -180. The Islanders desperately need a get-right opponent, and the Red Wings are just the team to help them get a convincing win back on the board.
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