Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Blackhawks vs Rangers Lines
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(18-8-4) Chicago Blackhawks vs. New York Rangers (20-9-1)
Date: Tuesday, December 12
Time: 4:00 PM
Venue: Madison Square Garden in Manhattan, New York
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: New York -145
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: New York -1.5
NHL Betting Total: 5
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Two division leaders face off in their second tilt in a week. The Central Division leading Blackhawks head to MSG to take on the Metropolitan leading New York Rangers.
Last week, in Chicago, these two teams played a hard-nosed, defensive battle, which resulted in a 1-0 win for the Rangers. Chicago will look to bounce back and beat the Rangers on the road.
The Hawks are 2-2-1 in their last five games. Hawks’ fans have to be disappointed in the three losses, but encouraged by how great the defense has been throughout the five games. Allowing just seven goals in their last five, the Blackhawks defense has really shown up, despite some key injuries.
Jonathan Toews is struggling to get back on the ice while dealing with a nagging back injury. Brent Seabrook has missed two straight games with an upper body injury and may not play Tuesday. And Corey Crawford is still on the IR after having his appendix removed.
The injuries are frustrating but the other key members of the Blackhawks have really stepped up. Marian Hossa is having a brilliant season and has 15 goals along with seven assists thus far. He has already surpassed his goal total from the entire 15-16 season, and shows no signs of slowing down despite being 37 years old.
Scott Darling continues to start in goal with Corey Crawford on the IR. Darling has been wonderful in his starts. He holds a 6-2-2 record and has an impressive 2.12 GAA.
New York Rangers
After shutting out the Blackhawks in Chicago last week, the Rangers will look to get another hard-fought win against them, this time in Madison Square Garden.
The Rangers have been fantastic this year. The team has won three straight and four of its last five games. The last two games have both been shutouts for the Rangers, including the 1-0 win against the Hawks and a 5-0 win against the New Jersey Devils.
Just like the Blackhawks, the Rangers are dealing with some key injuries and trying to fill roles to continue the winning ways. Rick Nash is still sidelined with a groin injury and won’t play Tuesday night.
Good news for the Rangers, though, as Michael Grabner has returned after taking a couple of days off for family reasons. His 13 goals lead the team and he’ll look to add to that number against the Blackhawks.
The Rangers are one of the hottest teams in the NHL right now and are 4-2 in the month of December. They’ll look to get win number five this month and will need to stop Marian Hossa and the fantastic goal scorers on the Blackhawks to do it.
NHL Betting Trends:
- The Total has gone UNDER in 5 of New York’s last 7 games against Chicago
- The UNDER is 5-0 in Chicago’s last five games
Free Chicago Blackhawks vs. New York Rangers NHL Hockey Prediction:
The Rangers’ offense should take care of things in Madison Square Garden. Chicago is still dealing with the frustrating Toews injury and now it looks like Brent Seabrook will miss Tuesday’s game. The Rangers should win this game, but it won’t be easy.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: New York -145
The Rangers will take advantage of the Blackhawks’ key injuries and win at home in Madison Square Garden.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Chicago 2 – New York 3
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