An Original Six matchup between the Rangers and Blackhawks takes place tonight at the United Center as the two division leaders face off for the first time this season. New York has fallen back to earth of late and the ‘Hawks have been one of the best home teams in the league – winning eight of their last 10 in Chicago. The Rangers will have to be sharp in this one if they hope to earn consecutive wins for the first time since November 15.
- The total has gone UNDER in 7 of the Blackhawks’ last 9 games.
- The Rangers are 4-0 in their last 4 games as underdogs against the Blackhawks.
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of the Rangers’ last 8 games on the road against the Blackhawks.
Scott Darling has taken over starting duties for the ‘Hawks in the wake of Corey Crawford’s appendectomy and he’s done a valiant job so far, earning a shutout in Chicago’s 4-0 win over the Coyotes in his last appearance. This Rangers team has sneakily been one of the worst producers of five-on-five shots this year, making Darling a great fantasy play.
Were the boys from the Big Apple a little too ripe to be real? New York has had their goal-scoring clip slowed down significantly and the way they’re now playing is how I expected them to out of the gates. This is the real Rangers team and they’ll make for a great fade until books adjust their lines back down.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
Betting fans looking to back the visiting New York Rangers before puck drop in this match found them as 113 moneyline underdogs at 5Dimes. They saw an opening total of 5, according to BetOnline.
Odds – Shark
computer score prediction models pick a possible 3.1-2 win for the Blackhawks on Friday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.
New York Rangers vs Chicago Blackhawks Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Chicago Blackhawks are 17-8-3 so far on the season. The New York Rangers, meanwhile, are 18-9-1. OVER/UNDER betting fans have seen Chicago go 8-14-6 and the Rangers go 16-10-2 on the totals. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Chicago vs New York injuries news.
The Odds – Shark
NHL Power Rankings have the Chicago Blackhawks at No. 14 and the New York Rangers at No. 7 heading into this contest.
The game also pits Chicago’s No. 9-ranked offense, averaging 2.79 goals per game, against a Rangers defense that ranks No. 8 at 2.5 goals allowed. The Blackhawks power play is averaging 16.3% while the Rangers defense kills off 84.72% of their penalties.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
Last time out for New York, they were a 2-1 winner as they battled the Jets on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Rangers at +108 were rewarded, while the 3 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.
Last time out for Chicago, they were a 4-0 winner as they battled the Coyotes at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Blackhawks at -200 were rewarded, while the 4 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.
- NY Rangers is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
- NY Rangers is 15-8 SU in its last 23 games
- NY Rangers is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
- NY Rangers is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games on the road
- Chicago is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
- Chicago is 14-7 SU in its last 21 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chicago’s last 6 games
- Chicago is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
New York home to New Jersey, Sunday, December 11th
Chicago home to Dallas, Sunday, December 11th