Looking to win big? The Avalanche and Rangers face off at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. The Rangers are hosting the game at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. The over/under for this non-conference contest is set at 6.5 goals, with the Rangers being the favored by -1.5 goals against the Avalanche.
COLORADO AVALANCHE VS NEW YORK RANGERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: New York Rangers -1.5
This game will be played at Madison Square Garden at 7:00 ET on Monday, February 5th.
WHY BET THE NEW YORK RANGERS:
- Even though they are 1.5 goal underdogs, we see the Avalanche winning this game by a score of 4-3.
- We like the Avalanche on the moneyline (-106)
- The Avalanche are also our pick on the spread at +1.5
Can the Avalanche Offense Score Enough on the Road?
As the Avalanche head into tonight’s game, they sit in 2nd place in the Western Conference and 1st in the Central Division with an overall record of 32-14-3. Over their last ten games, Colorado has gone 7-3 and have won three straight games. On the road this season, the Avalanche are 12-9-3.
So far, the Avalanche have been favored in 43 of their 49 games and have gone 29-11-3 in those games. Against teams in the Western Conference, Colorado has gone 20-11 this season. Over their last three games, the Avalanche have gone 3-0.
On the season, the Avalanche have gone 25-24 against the puck line and have a +.8 average scoring margin. In their last ten games, Colorado is 6-4 vs. the puck line.
So far this season, the Avs have 24 wins by multiple goals and are 22-21 against the puck line when favored. In their last three games, Colorado has gone 3-0 vs. the puck line and 4-1 in their last five.
The average goal total for Colorado’s games is sitting at 7. The average over/under line for the season is 6.3. The Avalanche come in with an over/under record of 29-18-2.
The Avalanche are 2-1 puck line in their three last road games and 2-1 straight-up.
When looking at their offense, the Avalanche have an average of 3.8 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 1st in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 6th in the league. So far this year, the Avalanche are 20-9 in games they have had more shots on goal than their opponent. They are 10-5 in games with fewer shots on goal.
Colorado’s current leading scorer is Nathan MacKinnon. This season, he has 31 goals, which puts him 5th in the NHL. MacKinnon also comes into the game with 53 assists.
New York defense takes on the Avalanche ranked 27th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 28.2 shots per game against New York. They also are 24th in shutouts, with 2 shutouts.
Entering the game, goalie Alexandar Georgiev has started 40 games this season. His current record stands at 27-11, and his save percentage is 0.981%.
Do the Rangers Have What it Takes to Win as Home Favorites?
At home, the Rangers have been fantastic this season, going 15-7-0, and they are the favorites in this one, as they have been in 39 of their 49 games. In the Eastern Conference, the Rangers are in 3rd place and 1st in the Metropolitan Division. Over their last ten games, the Rangers have gone just 4-6.
On the year, the Rangers are 30-16-3, and they have 63 points, which puts them in 3rd place in the Eastern Conference. Against other teams in the East, the Rangers have gone 16-9, and they have gone 7-4 against the Metropolitan Division. In their last three games, the Rangers are 1-2, and over their last five games, they have gone 2-3.
When favored, the Rangers have gone 14-25 against the puck line this season and have an average scoring margin of +.4 goals per game. So far, New York has gone 23-26 vs. the puck line overall, including 12 losses by multiple goals.
At home, the Rangers are 8-14 against the puck line, and their average scoring margin is +.4 goals per game. In their last ten home games, New York has gone 4-6 vs. the puck line.
For the season, the average number of goals per game in matchups featuring New York is 6.2. The season’s average over/under line is currently at 6.1. The Rangers come in with an over/under record of 26-20-3.
Across their last three road contests, Colorado has been good against the puck line posting a mark of 2-1. Their overall mark in these games was 2-1, while averaging 5 goals per game.
On offense, the Rangers are averaging 3.3 goals per game which is 10th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 12th in the league. The New York offense is ranked 5th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they find themselves at 23rd in the NHL.
New York’s leading goal scorer is Artemi Panarin. So far this season, he has 30 goals, placing him 6th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 36 assists so far.
Defensively, the Rangers come into the season ranked 27th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 28.2 shots per game against New York. For the season, they are ranked 24th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.
Goalie Igor Shesterkin gets the start and has made 32 starts this season. His record at this point is 19-12, and his save percentage is 0.845%.