New York Rangers (17-10-5) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (7-18-4)
December 18, 2022 7:30 pm EDT
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks +175 / New York Rangers -222; Over/Under: +6
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The New York Rangers and the Chicago Blackhawks meet in NHL action from the United Center on Sunday night.
The New York Rangers will try to add to their current six-game win streak after a 6-3 win over Philadelphia last time out. Artemi Panarin leads the Rangers with 37 points and Mika Zibanejad’s right behind with 35 points, with Zibanejad owning the team-lead with 15 goals along with 20 assists while Panarin has a team-high 30 assists as part of his 37 points. Adam Fox has 31 points with 7 goals and 24 assists while Chris Kreider also has 24 points with 14 goals of his own this season. Igor Shesterkin’s gone 15-4-4 with a 2.45 GAA and a .917 save percentage while Jaroslav Halak has gone 2-6-1 with a 3.04 GAA and an .890 save percentage this season.
The Chicago Blackhawks will try to snap a six-game losing streak after a 4-1 loss to Minnesota last time out. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 22 points coming with a team-high 18 assists while Jonathan Toews has 17 points with 10 goals. Max Domi also has 20 points with a team-high 10 goals and 10 assists as well this season. Petr Mrazek has gone 2-7-1 with a 4.24 GAA and an .872 save percentage while Arvid Soderblom is 2-9-2 with a 3.17 GAA and a .904 save percentage in goal for Chicago this season.
New York is 6-0 in their last 6 games overall and 4-0 in their last 4 road games while the under is 6-0 in their last 6 Sunday games. Chicago is 7-44 in their last 51 games against a team with a winning record and 1-11 in their last 12 Sunday games while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record.
I get the case to be made for a home underdog in spots, but not this spot. The Chicago Blackhawks downright stink and the goaltending is a big part of that. New York may be on the back-to-back here, but we saw their backup goalie on Saturday so Igor Shesterkin should be back in net for this game and that spells doom for the Blackhawks. Give me New York -1.5 here.