Making on a bet on this NHL game featuring the Rangers versus the Blackhawks? The puck drops at 8:30 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on NBCS. The game will be played at United Center in Chicago, IL. The Rangers come into this non-conference matchup favored by -1.5 goals. The over/under line currently sits at 5.5 goals.
NEW YORK RANGERS VS CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Chicago Blackhawks +1.5
This game will be played at United Center at 8:30 ET on Friday, February 9th.
WHY BET THE CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS:
- With the Rangers being favored by 1.5, our NHL analytics models has this one playing out 4-3 in favor of the Rangers.
- Take the Rangers on the moneyline
- On the puck line, we like Blackhawks (+1.5)
Can the Rangers Lock in a Road Win?
Heading into tonight’s game, the Rangers are in 3rd place in the Eastern Conference and 1st place in the Metropolitan Division. They have a record of 32-16-3, giving them 67 points on the season. New York has won three straight games and has gone 6-4 in their last ten games.
On the road this year, the Rangers have gone 15-9-3, and they have been favored in 40 of their 51 games. Against other Eastern Conference teams, New York is 17-9 and 7-4 against division opponents. In their last three games, the Rangers have gone 3-0.
On the road this season, the Rangers have a puck line record of 15-12, and their average scoring margin away from home is +.4 goals per game. New York’s puck line record as the favorite is 15-25, and they have won three straight games by at least two goals.
So far, the Rangers have 19 wins by multiple goals, and their average scoring margin when favored is +.3 goals per contest. In their last ten road games, the team’s puck line record is 5-5, and they have an overall puck line mark of 25-26.
This season, New York’s games are averaging 6.1 goals per game. Their average over/under line is 6.1. The Rangers currently have an over/under record of 26-22-3.
New York has played well in their previous three road games, going 2-1 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 4 goals per game while allowing 2. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 2-1.
The Rangers come into the game scoring an average of 3.2 goals per game, putting them 11th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 9th in the league. This season, the Rangers have a 22-11 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. In games with fewer shots on goal, they hold a 10-4 record.
New York’s current leading scorer is Artemi Panarin. This season, he has 31 goals, which puts him 6th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 36 assists so far.
In terms of defense, the Blackhawks head into the game ranked 5th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 32 shots per game against Chicago. So far, they are 26th in shutouts, achieving 1 shutouts.
Goalie Igor Shesterkin comes into the game having made 32 starts this season. So far, his record is 19-12 and he has a save percentage of 0.825%.
Will the Blackhawks Defense Show Up at Home?
At home this season, the Blackhawks have gone 10-12-1, including a losing streak of five games. In the Western Conference, they are in 16th place and 8th in the Central Division. Overall, Chicago has a record of 14-35-2, and they have lost their last five games and eight of their last ten.
As the underdog, the Blackhawks have gone 13-34-2 this season and have lost five straight games as the underdog. In their last three games, Chicago has gone 0-3, and they have gone 0-5 in their last five games.
Chicago comes into the game with a puck line record of 23-28 and an average scoring margin of -1.4 goals per game. So far, the Blackhawks have had 27 losses by more than one goal compared to just five wins by multiple goals.
As the underdog, the team’s puck line record is 23-26, including going 2-1 against the puck line in their last three games. At home, Chicago is 14-9 against the puck line this season and 7-3 in their last ten games at the United Center.
This season, Chicago’s games are averaging 5.6 goals per game. Their average over/under line is 6.2. The Blackhawks currently have an over/under record of 19-30-2.
Across their last three road contests, New York has been good against the puck line posting a mark of 2-1. Their overall mark in these games was 2-1, while averaging 4 goals per game.
Offensively, the Blackhawks come into the game at 2.1 goals per contest placing 32nd in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 30th position in the league. This season, the Blackhawks are 1-11 when getting more shots on goal than their opponents. And in games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 13-22 record.
Chicago’s leading goal scorer is Connor Bedard. So far this season, he has 15 goals, placing him 85th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 18 assists so far.
Chicago defense takes on the Rangers ranked 5th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 32 shots per game against Chicago. They also are 26th in shutouts, with 1 shutouts.
Heading into this matchup vs. New York, goalie Petr Mrazek has started 33 games in this season. His current record is 12-20, and his save percentage stands at 0.961%.