In a game featuring two teams that have struggled recently, the Minnesota Wild will host the New York Rangers in Saint Paul on Thursday night. The game will be played at the Xcel Energy Center as they two clubs look to make a playoff push as the season begins its final leg of the schedule. New York is hot against Minnesota, but both teams are in need of a win overall right now. We like New York on the road tonight.

Rangers go for season series sweep

Even though this has been a small season series, the Rangers will still go for the sweep of the Wild on Thursday night. In their first meeting with Minnesota, the Rangers knocked them around a bit, winning by a score of 4-1. If the Rangers grab a win, it would be their third straight over the Wild and second this season. They would like another game with an offensive outburst since their offense has gone through a rough patch of late.

Wild trying desperately to break losing streak

Not only have the Wild endured a losing streak to the Rangers, they are also in the middle of a three-game losing streak overall. They are in seventh place in the Western Conference and are running out of time to climb the standings and move into a playoff spot. They are a strong team at home, playing to a record of 22-7-4 this season. They will need to find an offensive outburst on Thursday night in order to take down the Rangers though.

At the online sportsbook found at, the Rangers are 1.5-point underdogs on the road against the Wild despite their recent success against Minnesota. We still like New York to win this game, but we will take them with 10 percent of our bankroll in favor of the OVER five total goals scored on Thursday night.

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