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Colorado Avalanche vs New York Rangers 12/9/22 NHL Picks, Predictions, Odds

New York Rangers (13-10-5) vs. Colorado Avalanche (13-10-1)
December 9, 2022 9:00 pm EDT
The Line: Colorado Avalanche -101 / New York Rangers -122; Over/Under: +6.5
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The New York Rangers and the Colorado Avalanche meet in NHL action from the Ball Arena on Friday night.

The New York Rangers will be out to build on back-to-back wins after a 5-1 win over Vegas last time out. Artemi Panarin leads the Rangers with 33 points and Mika Zibanejad’s right behind with 32 points, with Zibanejad owning the team-lead with 15 goals along with 17 assists while Panarin has a team-high 27 assists as part of his 33 points. Adam Fox has 30 points with 7 goals and 23 assists while Chris Kreider also has 23 points with 13 goals of his own this season. Igor Shesterkin’s gone 12-4-4 with a 2.58 GAA and a .913 save percentage while Jaroslav Halak has gone 1-6-1 with a 3.04 GAA and an .888 save percentage this season.

The Colorado Avalanche will try to bounce back from a 4-0 loss to Boston in their last outing. Nathan MacKinnon leads the Avalanche in scoring with 34 points including a team-high 326 assists but will miss significant time due to injury while Mikko Rantanen is second with 32 points including a team-high 15 goals and 17 assists. Cale Makar has 24 points with 18 assists as well this season. Alexandar Georgiev is 11-5-1 with a 2.76 GAA and a .918 save percentage while Pavel Francouz is 2-5 with a 3.03 GAA and a .907 save percentage between the pipes for Colorado this season.

New York is 4-1 in their last 5 road games and 2-5 in their last 7 games following a win while the over is 3-0-1 in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record. Colorado is 64-19 in their last 83 home games and 81-35 in their last 116 games overall while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record.

I get the case to be made either way here, and I’m not rushing to the window to bet either of tehse teams, but I lean towards the Rangers here. We saw just how depleted the Avs were in their last couple of games and the effect it has on the team on the ice and until those key guys like Nathan MacKinnon come back, it makes it very hard to back the Avs. The Rangers have had their own issues, but a win here would go a long way in terms of restoring some confidence. Give me the Rangers here.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: New York Rangers -122

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