Rangers vs. Blackhawks - 2/17/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Blackhawks (37-18-5) at New York Rangers (32-18-6)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Rangers -120 / Chicago Blackhawks +110 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Blackhawks and New York Rangers meet Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.
The Chicago Blackhawks look for consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring 21.7 percent of their power plays. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 34 goals, Jonathan Toews has 20 assists and Artemi Panarin has 135 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 80.7 percent of their power play chances. Corey Crawford has allowed 101 goals on 1,433 shots faced and Scott Darling has given up 34 goals on 412 shots. Crawford has allowed eight goals in his last three games.
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The New York Rangers look to stay hot after winning five of their last six games. The New York Rangers are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 16.6 percent of their power plays. Mats Zuccarello leads New York with 19 goals, Derick Brassard has 23 assists and J.T. Miller has 91 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 78.1 percent of their power play chances. Henrik Lundqvist has allowed 106 goals on 1,390 shots faced and Antti Raanta has given up 25 goals on 254 shots. Lundqvist has allowed three goals in his last three games.
The Blackhawks are 9-3 in their last 12 road games and 35-16 in their last 51 games playing on 1 days rest. The Rangers are 47-22 in their last 69 home games and 5-1 in their last 6 overall. The Blackhawks are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings.
Both teams are heating up at the right time, so this should be a fun game to watch. However, you have to give the edge to the home team, especially with the way the Rangers are playing right now. It also helps that New York has beaten Chicago in four of the last five meetings. I'll side with the home team here.