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Rangers vs Ducks Odds, Predictions and Best NHL Bet on Saturday

New York Rangers goaltender Alexander Georgiev defending the net during an NHL game,

New York Rangers goaltender Alexandar Georgiev (40) defends the goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, in Las Vegas. The Golden Knights won the game 5-1. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)
  • The New York Rangers are -115 road favorites over the Anaheim Ducks in an NHL game scheduled for Saturday, January 8
  • Anaheim’s Thursday home game against the Detroit Red Wings was postponed after four Ducks players entered COVID-19 protocol
  • The Rangers began a four-game West Coast road swing on Thursday with a 5-1 loss to the Golden Knights in Las Vegas

Things didn’t go according to plan for the New York Rangers as they were launching their West Coast trip on Thursday. Then again, at least they got to play. The Anaheim Ducks should be so lucky.

The Ducks’ home game against the Detroit Red Wings ended in postponement after four Anaheim players found themselves entering COVID-19 protocol. Meanwhile, the Rangers were absorbing a 5-1 smackdown at Las Vegas.

Still, it’s the Rangers that oddsmakers like as slight -115 road favorites for Saturday’s game between the two clubs. Bettors can access a -105 betting line on the Ducks.  Anaheim is 4-1-3 straight up over the club’s past eight home games.

Rangers vs Ducks Odds

Game Time (ET) Team Moneyline Puck Line Total
Saturday Jan. 8 New York Rangers -115 -1.5 (+220) O 5.5 (-115)
10pm Anaheim Ducks -105 +1.5 (-275) U 5.5 (-105)

Odds as of January 7th at DraftKings.

The puck is set to drop at 10pm ET on Saturday at the Honda Center.

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Rangers vs Ducks NHL Betting Trends

Two of the best sets of special teams in the NHL will be on display in this game. Anaheim is fourth in the NHL on the power play (27.8%) and third on the penalty kill (85.6%). New York’s PK is fourth (84.3%) in the league and the power play rates eighth overall (24.5%).

The Ducks will miss defenseman Hampus Lindholm (COVID-19 protocol). He’s leading the team in points (five) and assists (three) over the past five games. Right-winger Troy Terry has scored three goals over that same span.

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Rangers vs Ducks Recent Results

Date Home-Away Moneyline Puck Line Over/Under
1/23/2018 Anaheim 6 New York Rangers 3 ANA ANA Over
11/1/2018 Anaheim 2 New York Rangers 3 (SO) NYR NYR Under
12/18/2018 New York Rangers 3 Anaheim 1 NYR NYR Under
12/14/2019 Anaheim 4 New York Rangers 3 (SO) ANA NYR Over
12/22/2019 New York Rangers 5 Anaheim 1 NYR NYR Over

The Rangers are in the midst of a season-long five-game, 11-day road trip . They’re the only NHL team with four different players with 30 or more points (Artemi Panarin, Adam Fox, Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad).

Zibanejad tops the team in goals (four) and points (six) over the past five games. Fox has collected a team-high four assists during the same span of games.

Rangers vs Ducks Injury Report

Goalie Igor Shesterkin joined Rangers teammates Panarin and Julien Gauthier in COVID-19 protocol. The Rangers are also missing forwards Sammy Blais (lower-body injury) and Dryden Hunt (upper-body injury.

Ducks goalie John Gibson and skaters Ryan Getzlaf, Lindholm, Sam Carrick and Vinni Lettieri are also in COVID-19 protocol. Anaheim is also without Max Jones (torn pectoralis major), Adam Henrique (lower body injury) and Josh Mahura (upper-body injury).

COVID-19 Puts #1 Goalies On Shelf

With both Anaheim’s Gibson and Shesterkin of the Rangers finding themselves in COVID-19 protocol., that’s going to leave the netminding in the hands of backups Anthony Stolarz of the Ducks and Alexandar Georgiev of the Rangers.

Stolarz is 6-0 in his last six decisions. He’s 1-1- with a .935 save percentage and 2.04 goals-against average in two career starts against the Rangers. As well, he’s posted a pair of shutouts this season.

Rangers vs Ducks Projected Starting Goalies

Team Goalie Record SV% GAA
Rangers Alexandar Georgiev 6-4-2 .904 2.89
Ducks Anthony Stolarz 6-2-1 .932 2.13

Georgiev is 1-3-1 in his last five decisions after opening the season 5-1-1. He’s allowed two or fewer goals in six of his last eight starts.

Georgiev is 2-0 with a .933 save percentage and 1.44 GAA in two career starts against Anaheim.

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Rangers vs Ducks Prediction

The Rangers have won three of four and nine of 12 from Anaheim. However, the Ducks have won three of the last four games against the Rangers that were played in Anaheim.

The Rangers are 12-6 straight up in their last 18 games. Anaheim has lost four of the past five games. At home, though, the Ducks have won 10 of the last 15 home games.

Pick: New York Rangers -115 ML

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