Chicago Blackhawks (6-12-4) vs. New York Rangers (11-9-5)
December 3, 2022 7:30 pm EDT
The Line: New York Rangers -295 / Chicago Blackhawks +235; Over/Under: +6.5
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The Chicago Blackhawks and New York Rangers meet Saturday in NHL action at Madison Square Garden. The Chicago Blackhawks have lost 8 straight games. The New York Rangers have lost 4 of their last 5 games.
The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 21.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Jonathan Toews leads Chicago with 8 goals, Patrick Kane has 14 assists and Max Domi has 45 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 3.6 goals per game and are killing 72.6 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Petr Mrazek has given up 33 goals on 271 shots faced, and Arvid Soderblom has allowed 28 goals on 296 shots.
The New York Rangers are averaging 3 goals per game and are scoring on 21.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Mika Zibanejad leads New York with 11 goals, Artmei Panarin has 19 assists, and Vincent Trocheck has 84 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 82.6 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Igor Shesterkin has allowed 44 goals on 503 shots faced, and Jaroslav Halak has given up 20 goals on 194 shots.
The Blackhawks are 0-5 in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest and 19-47 in their last 66 overall. The Rangers are 15-7 in their last 22 Saturday games and 1-5 in their last 6 home games. The over is 6-1 in Blackhawks last 7 overall. The under is 20-9 in Rangers last 29 overall. The Blackhawks are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings. The road team is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings. The favorite is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Chicago Blackhawks are in terrible shape, and backing them in any spot these days seems like a losing ticket. However, the New York Rangers continue to underachieve, they’ve been losing all week and playing in an overtime game last night probably doesn’t help them here. I’m not laying massive juice with the Rangers. I’m just not. Give me the Blackhawks and the potential big payout if forced to pick.