New York Rangers at Vancouver Canucks
|Date & Time||Wednesday March 13, 2019, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
Over: 5.5 (-116) / Under: 5.5 (-102)
The New York Rangers and the Vancouver Canucks meet in NHL action from the Rogers Arena on Wednesday night.
The New York Rangers will look to bounce back after a 3-2 overtime loss to the Edmonton Oilers in their last outing. Edmonton jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with a pair of goals 1:54 apart in the 1st period. Brendan Lemieux cut the deficit in half just after the midway point of the 2nd period before Brett Howden tied the game just 1:33 into the 3rd period. Neither side would find a game-winner in regulation, so it was off to overtime where Edmonton buried just :36 into the extra frame to secure the victory and send New York back with just a single point. Alexandar Georgiev took the loss, falling to 10-11-3 after allowing all 3 goals on 33 shots faced in the losing effort.
The Vancouver Canucks will look to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 6-2 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights in their last outing. Vegas jumped out to an early insurmountable 5-1 lead with Brock Boeser scoring the lone Vancouver goal in the opening period. Bo Horvat scored a 2nd for Vancouver, but Vegas would snuff that out with a goal just one minute later, restoring the four-goal cushion for good. Jacob Markstrom took the loss, falling to 24-20-8 after allowing 5 goals on 16 shots in the 1st period.
New York is 1-7 in their last 8 games overall and 17-41 in their last 58 road games while the under is 3-1-1 in their last 5 games against the Pacific division. Vancouver is 1-5 in their last 6 games overall and 1-4 in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games against the Eastern conference. New York is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams and 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams in Vancouver.
The plus money with New York is tempting given how much success the Rangers have had in this matchup. However, the Rangers’ recent form along with their road form dating back to last season doesn’t do a whole lot for my confidence in this game. On the other hand, Vancouver hasn’t been much to write home about and it’s not like home ice has helped much, just look at what Vegas was able to do in Vancouver in the Canucks’ last game. Instead, I’m going to side with the over. The over has hit in 4 of the last 6 meetings between these two teams and between a pair of clubs that have issues keeping pucks out of the net, this is definitely a game I could see going over the total.