Canucks vs Rangers Preview
The Vancouver Canucks are currently sixth in the Pacific Division. Winning four out of their last six since returning from the All-Star break, the Canucks are working to try and gain some steam in their division specially in this Canucks vs Rangers game.
The Rangers are four points ahead of the Capitals in third place in the Metropolitan Division. The Rangers have struggled to get going after returning from the All-Star break.
These two teams played each other back at the beginning of November. The Canucks were able to defeat the Rangers 3-2 in overtime.
While the Canucks were able to defeat the Rangers earlier in the season, sportsbooks have the Rangers as the moneyline favorite. With the way the Canucks are playing well and looking to potentially make sports bettors a decent amount of money.
Vancouver Canucks Review
Vancouver finished the first half of the season on a little bit of a rollercoaster.
It seems things have changed for the better, as the Canucks are winning games more frequently. If Vancouver, who is just seven points out of third place, can keep up this pace, they have a chance to at least chase a playoff spot.
The Vancouver offense finds itself in the bottom 10 of goals scored per game with just 2.63. The Canucks have been better as of late and offense has to be their focal point if they are going to improve in the standings.
In their last five games, the Canucks are averaging 4.0 goals per game. In the last five away games, the Canucks are averaging 3.0 goals per game.
The Canucks just lost defenseman Kyle Burroughs the other night. While he was not someone they counted on for offensive statistics, Burroughs did play a vital role in the defense for Vancouver.
J.T. Miller has been the best offensive player for the Canucks. He is leading the team with 53 total points, scoring 18 goals, assisting on 35 others.
Thatcher Demko has been the main goaltender for the Canucks. He has a record of 21-16-1 and is giving up 2.66 goals per game.
New York Rangers Preview
While the Rangers are 2-0-0-1 since returning from the All-Star break, it’s safe to say they wish they were playing better. In these three games, the Rangers have only scored a total of six goals.
The Rangers are currently in third in the Metropolitan Division. While that is a playoff position, they are just five points out of first place, which has to be their main goal.
The Rangers offense has been right around league average, scoring 2.94 goals per game. While that puts them at 16th in the NHL, the Rangers are content with a playoff spot.
In their last five games, the Rangers are averaging 2.8 goals per game. In their last five home games, the Rangers are averaging 2.8 goals per game.
Artemi Panarin has been on a tear this season, leading the team with 55 total points. He has scored 14 goals, assisted on 41 others, and has recorded at least a single point in eight out of their last 10 games.
Igor Shesterkin is the main goaltender for the Rangers. He has a record of 24-5-2 and is giving up 2.01 goals per game.
Making the Pick
The Rangers are the clear pick. They have the better offensive weapons as well as the better goaltending.
When making your NHL picks, take the New York Rangers moneyline.