The Vancouver Canucks travel to the Big Apple for a date with the New York Rangers from Madison Square Garden tonight. The game is set for puck-drop at 8 p.m. EST between the two sides.
Vancouver enters this matchup with a record of 20-26-4 overall. They have gone 3-6-1 over their last ten games, including losing last time out. The Canucks are scoring 3.32 goals per game on average so the offense is doing their job. However, the defense is letting them down and are allowing 3.94 goals on average to opponents. It has been a bad season for the Canucks on that end and going up against a strong Rangers team, it could be a long night for them.
The Rangers come into this game with a record of 28-14-8 on the season. They have gone 6-2-2 over their last 10 games including winning two straight overall. The defense has been the calling card for this Rangers squad, only allowing 2.62 goals per game on average. Add in the 3.20 goals on average that the offense scores and that has the recipe for success. New York showed out in the playoffs last season and it has carried over into this new year. The Rangers are a good team that will likely give the Canucks fits tonight.
Prediction: New York Rangers 5, Vancouver Canucks 2
I like the Rangers to take this game tonight with ease. They have been the better team, especially of late and will defend home ice here.
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Spread – Vancouver Canucks +1.5 (-125) / New York Rangers -1.5 (+105)
Moneyline – Vancouver Canucks +190 / New York Rangers -240
Total – 6.5 – Over (-110) / Under (-110)
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