Chicago Blackhawks (18-8-4) at New York Rangers (20-9-1)
|Date & Time||Tuesday December 13, 2016, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: New York Rangers -145 / Chicago Blackhawks +131 --- Over/Under: 5
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The New York Rangers look to sustain their excellent start to the season in a statement game against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night.
The Blackhawks look to snap their road losing ways as they head into hostile territory where the Blue Shirts are out for their 12th victory of the season at MSG in a game that is the marquee matchup in what is a busy night on the ice. Chicago has dropped four of their last five games away from home and have struggled of late against team with a winning record but they have the personnel to be among the league’s best teams and match up well with a Rangers side that is putting up absurd numbers right now and is due for a regression. Corey Crawford is expected back in the crease for this one as he will match up against Henrik Lundqvist who is the projected netminder tonight for New York despite three straight starts and two shutouts from back up Antti Raanta.
The Rangers have been the class of the Eastern Conference so far this season and look like a team ready to get back to the Stanley Cup final but they have some very stiff competition in their Metro division and will need to be consistent all season long. New York is 22-9 in their last 31 Tuesday games and 9-4 in their last 13 games at MSG and while the Hawks have been the model of consistency over the years and always seem to find a way to stay competitive wherever the game is being played it is the Rangers who are pretty substantial home favourites in this spot.
The Hawks are 4-1 in their last five Tuesday games and 1-4 in their last five games following a win while the Rangers are 4-0 in their last four against the Central and 4-1 in their last five overall. Chicago is a very good team and is getting a ton of value here but I think the Rangers have a bit of an edge as they are deeper at the back and that is the difference for me tonight