Rangers vs. Red Wings: The best player prop bets for March 30
Original Six hostilities will be renewed at Little Caesars Arena on Wednesday night as the New York Rangers visit the Detroit Red Wings.
The Rangers are fresh off a rousing 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night, bringing them to 10-4 over their last 14 games. Meanwhile, the Red Wings are 2-8-2 over their last 14 affairs, and were embarrassed by the Penguins in an 11-2 defeat when last seen on Sunday.
Let’s dive into a robust player prop market and make our top three selections for this contest.
New York Rangers (43-19-5) at Detroit Red Wings (26-32-8), 7:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Wed, March 30 2022, 11:30 PM
DET Red Wings
Mika Zibanejad goal scorer
One of the biggest mismatches on paper going into this tilt is the New York power play (25.7%, second in the NHL) against the Detroit penalty kill (74%, last in the NHL). Perhaps that is why Chris Kreider is listed as such low odds (+100) to score a goal in this one, as 22 of his 45 tallies for the season have come on the man advantage, including one on Tuesday night.
WITH 16 SECONDS LEFT 😱— ESPN (@espn) March 20, 2022
Mika Zibanejad wins it for the Rangers! pic.twitter.com/82fg5HtHLr
But Mika Zibanejad – Kreider’s partner in crime on the power play – should not be overlooked in the goal-scoring department. The Rangers’ star center has scored 13 of his 26 goals this year on the man advantage. He’s also scored 16 goals over 36 games on the road, compared to 10 goals in 31 tilts at Madison Square Garden.
NHL pick: Zibanejad anytime goal (+160)
Frank Vatrano to score at least one point
Bringing in Frank Vatrano was one of many savvy, cost-effective moves Rangers GM Chris Drury made before the trade deadline. But not even Drury could have imagined that Vatrano would score five goals in his first seven games with New York.
Someone came to play today! @Frank_Vatrano only needed 18 seconds to bury two goals. 😤 pic.twitter.com/AGVk8kgFiJ— NHL (@NHL) March 27, 2022
Oddsmakers have quickly caught on to Vatrano, listing him at +210 to score a goal in this one, the fourth-lowest odds among Blueshirts skaters. He’s available at only -136 to register a point in any fashion, but bettors should side against him.
Vatrano has only five goals and one assist through 25 road games this season, and has averaged less than a point for every other game regardless of venue.
NHL pick: No (-103)
Jakub Vrana to score at least one point
The Red Wings have been ice-cold of late, but Jakub Vrana is hardly to blame.
Sam Gagner snipes one home after a nice setup from Jakub Vrana. #LGRW pic.twitter.com/cB1Brxa1BP— Ryan Hana (@RyanHanaWWP) March 25, 2022
Since making his season debut 10 games ago, Vrana has six goals and a pair of assists. He’s amassed five points in his last four games alone.
The odds are quite fair on Vrana to gather a point in any way, shape, or form against Rangers backup goaltender Alexandar Georgiev, who is expected to start the tail-end of a back-to-back.
NHL pick: Yes (-132)