In their final head-to-head meeting of the regular season, the Chicago Blackhawks and the New York Rangers take the ice at Madison Square Garden in an Original Six tilt. The match gets going at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 3 and it’ll be broadcasted live on NBC Sports Network.
Chicago Blackhawks vs. New York Rangers Odds
Chicago (+130) is playing the role of underdog to New York (-150) and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals. The odds for betting that total sit at -120 for the over and +100 for the under.
New York is 21-18 straight up (SU) and has earned 0.9 units for moneyline bettors this season. That early-season winning percentage is a slide from what the team managed during the 2016-17 season (48-34). Through 39 regular season contests, 20 of the team’s games have gone over the total, while 17 have gone under and just two have pushed. The team is 15-9 SU at home this year.
The Rangers have converted on 19.0 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked fifth overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 84.0 percent of all penalties.
The Rangers, as a collective unit, have been penalized 3.7 times per game overall this season, and 4.8 per game over their last five outings. The team’s had to defend opponent power plays for just 7.8 minutes per game over their last 10 matchups, in total.
Boasting a .922 save percentage and 29.2 saves per game, Henrik Lundqvist (18-15-4) has been the top goalkeeper for the Broadway Blueshirts this year. If the Broadway Blueshirts, however, decide to rest him, the team could turn to Ondrej Pavelec (3-6-6 record, .924 save percentage, 2.61 goals against average).
Mats Zuccarello and J.T. Miller will each lead the offensive attack for the Rangers. Zuccarello (30 points) has tallied eight goals and 22 assists and has recorded multiple points six times this year. Miller has eight goals and 19 assists to his credit and has notched a point in 19 contests.
Over on the other bench, Chicago is 18-20 straight up (SU) and has lost 4.5 units for bettors taking the moneyline thus far. Through 38 regular season outings, 20 of its games have gone under the total, while 16 have gone over and just two have pushed. The Blackhawks are 8-13 SU as the visiting team this season.
The Blackhawks have converted on just 15.1 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that places them in the bottom- overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 23rd overall and it’s successfully killed off 80.2 percent of all opponent power plays.
Chicago’s players have been penalized 3.7 times per game in total this season, and 3.0 per game over their past ten match ups. The team’s had to kill penalties just 7.4 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Corey Crawford (2.27 goals against average and .929 save percentage) has been the primary option in goal for Chicago. Crawford is averaging 27.9 saves per game and owns a 16-12-2 record.
Patrick Kane (16 goals, 22 assists) will pace the attack for the visiting Blackhawks.
Chicago Blackhawks vs. New York Rangers Betting Predictions
Predictions: SU Winner – Blackhawks, O/U – Under
Four of New York’s last ten games have been decided by a shootout. The team is 1-3 in those games and 2-4 overall in shootouts this season.
The under has hit in four of New York’s last five outings.