The New York Rangers (12-2-1) make the 2nd stop in a 4-game road trip on Monday night against the Dallas Stars (11-4-1) at American Airlines Center in Dallas. Puck drop is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET (ESPN+). Below, we analyze BetMGM Sportsbook’s lines around the Rangers vs. Stars odds, and make our expert NHL picks and predictions.
The Rangers have picked up 4 consecutive victories, including a 5-3 win against the New Jersey Devils to open the road trip on Saturday. New York has scored 4 or more goals in each of the past 5 outings, cashing the Over in 4 of the past 5 contests.
The Stars were on the short end of a 6-3 score at home Saturday against the Colorado Avalanche, snapping a 4-game winning streak. Dallas has scored 3 or more goals in each of the past 5 outings, and the Over has hit in 3 straight, and 4 of the past 5 games. Dallas has seen the total go high in 7 of the past 10 outings.
The Rangers swept the Stars last season, including a 6-3 win last Oct. 29 in the Metroplex. The team has won 5 of the past 6 meetings in this series. The Over has cashed in each of the past 3 meetings in Dallas, too.
Rangers at Stars odds
Provided by BetMGM Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 6:33 a.m. ET.
- Moneyline (ML): Rangers +110 (bet $100 to win $110) | Stars -135 (bet $135 to win $100)
- Puck line (PL)/Against the spread (ATS): Rangers +1.5 (-225) | Stars -1.5 (+180)
- Over/Under (O/U): 6 (O: +100 | U: -120)
Rangers at Stars projected goalies
Igor Shesterkin (7-2-0, 2.44 GAA, .912 SV%) vs. Jake Oettinger (8-3-1, 2.50 GAA, .920 SV%)
Shesterkin returned Saturday in New Jersey after a 16-day absence due to a lower-body injury. He turned aside 30 of the 33 shots he faced to pick up a 5-3 win, his 5th consecutive victory dating back to Oct. 24.
Oettinger coughed up 5 goals on 37 shots in a 6-3 home loss against the Avalanche, halting a 3-game winning streak. Oettinger has posted a 4-3-0 record, 3.06 GAA and .905 SV% in 7 starts in the month of November.
Rangers at Stars picks and predictions
Rangers 3, Stars 2
The RANGERS (+110) are worth a look as short ‘dogs on the road against the Stars (-135).
New York has won 10 of the past 11 games overall, while cashing in 6 of the past 7 games on the road. In addition, the Blueshirts have picked up 5 victories in the past 5 tries against teams with a winning overall record.
The Stars have won 4 of the past 5 games, while going 6-0 in the past 6 tries against Metropolitan Division opponents. However, the Stars have managed just 3 victories in the past 12 outings against teams with a winning percentage over .600.
The Rangers +1.5 (-225) will cost you more than 2 times your potential return, and that’s too expensive on the puck line for a little insurance. A late 1-goal lead can lead to an empty-net goal, so taking the underdog on the puck line is always risky business.
UNDER 6 (-120) is a strong play with a solid goaltending matchup.
The Under is 8-2 in the past 10 games for the Rangers against Western Conference teams, while cashing at a 19-6-1 clip in the past 26 skates for the Stars against Eastern Conference foes. The Under is 13-6-1 in the past 20 meetings in this series, too.
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