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Vancouver Canucks vs. New York Rangers - 2/28/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Rangers (27-30-6) at Vancouver Canucks (24-32-7)
Date & Time Wednesday February 28, 2018, 10:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Vancouver Canucks -120 / New York Rangers +109 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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Wednesday NHL action features the New York Rangers visiting the Vancouver Canucks. 

The New York Rangers have not been able to mount a consistent offense and the defensive end of the ice hasn’t helped which has the team looking at seven straight defeats following a 3-2 overtime loss to Detroit. JT Miller and Jesper Fast scored for New York with Ryan Spooner logging a pair of assists.

The Red Wings received goals off the sticks of Andreas Athansiou and Darren Helm in regulation with Trevor Daley netting the winner with six seconds remaining in the extra session. Jimmy Howard picked up the win with 36 stops while Henrik Lundqvist allowed three goals on 34 shots for New York. 

The Vancouver Canucks are far removed from their glory days of several years ago where they were one of the dominant squads in the league. Vancouver comes in off of a 3-1 loss at Colorado where the offense stalled with a Daniel Sedin tally with 1:16 remaining was the lone bright spot.

The Avalanche saw scoring from Mikko Rantanen on the power play in the first with Nathan MacKinnon scored the winner in the third before adding an empty netter with 45 seconds left. Semyon Varlamov icked up the win with 31 stops with Jacob Markstrom getting the loss for the Canucks with two goals allowed on 27 shots. 

Over is 4-0 in Rangers last 4 vs. Pacific and Rangers are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. a team with a losing record and Rangers are 8-1 in their last 9 games playing on 2 days rest. Canucks are 1-10 in their last 11 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400 and over is 5-1 in Canucks last 6 games playing on 1 days rest and over is 5-1 in Canucks last 6 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400. Over is 3-0-1 in the last 4 meetings and Rangers are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Vancouver and under is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Vancouver.  

This not a ‘made for TV’ type game and there isn’t a need for an explanation. I’ll back New York for now and dig further in to this…

NY Rangers +109 // will update

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