Winnipeg Jets vs. N.Y Rangers Pick
The Rangers have been a wreck on the road with a record of 3-8-2. There hasn’t been much effort from them when they aren’t hosting a team at MSG. Playing in NYC has its advantageous and it’s one of the destinations for visitors that can be a bit distracting on a road trip. The Rangers have gone 10-4-0 on their home ice, while their last road win came on November 11th against the Blue Jackets.
They were on the road for their last two outings and they both resulted in losses, which came against the Senators and Canadiens. The Rangers will likely feel better back in New York on Sunday. Note that they’ve averaged 3 goals per game and allowed 2.14 per game at Madison Square Garden. The Jets have been bad on the road defensively. They have allowed 3.18 goals per game outside of Winnipeg. Hellebuyck enters with a 3.21 GAA and 0.907 save percentage playing on the road in the 2018-19 season.
Lundqvist in particular has really seen a drastic difference between his results on the road and at home. He has gotten hammered for a 3.41 GAA and 0.901 save percentage on the road. Conversely, Lundqvist has shined in his own barn with a 1.99 GAA and 0.937 save percentage.
The Jets have been rather pedestrian on the road this season, posting a record of 6-5-0 and 2-2 in their previous four games. Look for the Rangers to feel more comfortable back at home where they’ve been a solid team in 2018-19. It would be difficult for me to lay this price on the Jets. There is better value by taking the underdog at home in New York on Sunday.