According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Chicago is favored at home tonight, as the Blackhawks are getting odds of -135 to win, while the Rangers are listed with a money line of +115 to prevail. The over/under total for the contest has been listed at 6 goals. Tonight’s game takes place from the United Center in Chicago, Illinois and will air live on NBCSN.
The Rangers won rolling right now, as they have won six straight following a 4-2 victory over the Oilers back on Saturday. New York is 9-7-2 on the season and 2-3 on the road. New York is putting up 3.33 goals per game while allowing 3.22 per contest. Mike Zibanejad has eight goals and 10 assists to lead the Rangers while Pavel Buchnevich has eight goals and seven assists. Henrik Lundqvist is 8-4-2 in the net this season with a 2.92 GAA and a .905 save percentage.
The Blackhawks are coming off a 7-5 loss to the Devils on Sunday for their third loss in four games. Chicago is now 8-8-2 on the season and 4-4-1 at home. The Blackhawks are scoring 2.94 goals per contest while allowing 2.72 per contest. Patrick Kane has six goals and 11 assists to lead the team while Brandon Saad has found the net seven times. Corey Crawford is 7-7 in net this year with a 2.21 GAA and a .932 save percentage.
The road team has had a lot of success in this series, winning six straight meetings in this series. The Rangers are also rolling right now with their current six-game win streak. Adding to that is that the Rangers have won 25 of their last 34 against Western Conference foes. Chicago is just 1-4 in their last 5 home games and only 8-18 in their last 26 overall. The public betting is with the Blackhawks at home tonight, but I think Chicago’s struggles aren’t something easily fixed and this surging New York team will get the upset.
NHL PREDICTIONS: NEW YORK RANGERS +115