- Best Against the West
- Defense Failing Canucks
- Chytil is Red-Hot
- Canucks vs Rangers Game Injuries
- Canucks vs Rangers Head-to-Head
- Canucks vs Rangers Game Information
- Canucks vs Rangers Betting Lines
- Canucks vs Rangers Picks and Prediction
- Canucks vs Rangers Trends
- Canucks vs Rangers Edge
- Canucks vs Rangers Results
- Canucks vs Rangers Game Summary
Best Against the West
The New York Rangers aim to extend their point streak to five games and continue their success against Western Conference opponents when they host the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday.
The Rangers started a four-game homestand – all versus the Pacific Division – with a 4-1 win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Jan. 27 and rallied in the third period before beating the Calgary Flames 5-4 in overtime on Monday. New York is 3-0-1 in its last four contests overall, 8-0-0 in the past eight against the West and 6-2-2 versus the Pacific this season.
Vancouver is 2-1-1 since Rick Tocchet replaced Bruce Boudreau as coach last month, following a 5-4 overtime loss at the New Jersey Devils on Monday. The Canucks are 6-15-2 against the Eastern Conference overall and 3-7-2 versus the Metropolitan Division.
According to the NHL conference odds, the Rangers are -800 to make the playoffs. The Canucks, sixth in the Pacific, are +2000 to earn a berth.
Defense Failing Canucks
Vancouver has several weapons on offense, but injuries and loose play on the other end of the ice has often led to the Canucks’ demise.
All-Star center Elias Pettersson leads Vancouver with 59 points — 25 coming in his last 19 contests (eight goals, 17 assists). The Canucks won’t have their top goal scorer, Bo Horvat (31), who was traded last week to the New York Islanders.
The Canucks have been without No. 1 goalie Thatcher Demko (lower-body injury) since Dec. 1, and through Monday were 31st in the league in scoring defense (3.94 goals per game). Vancouver also has the worst penalty killing unit in the league (65.8 percent) after going just 11-for-19 the past seven games.
The is 6-0-3 in the last nine Vancouver games against the East, according to NHL betting lines.
Chytil is Red-Hot
Center Filip Chytil has already surpassed his career high with 18 goals, including six in the last four games after scoring twice against Calgary.
The 23-year-old Czech, who combined for 16 goals in 109 contests over the previous two seasons, is third on the team behind Mika Zibanejad (24) and Chris Krieder (20). Zibanejad scored twice in the win over Calgary and set up the overtime winner from Alexis Lafreniere.
The Rangers gave up four goals for the first time in almost a month Monday, but stood third in the NHL in goals-against per game (2.62) enteringTuesday’s games. The Last Vegas NHL odds total went over Monday night for just the second time in the last eight games for the Rangers.
Canucks vs Rangers Game Injuries
Canucks vs Rangers Head-to-Head
Vancouver has won the last five meetings and held the Rangers to a combined 10 goals over the past six matchups.
The Canucks were a different team back then, however, and must send out either Collin Delia (6-3-1, .893 save percentage) or Spencer Martin (11-13-1, .875 SP) between the pipes. Martin and Delia have combined for 81 NHL games and 353 in the minors.
According to Las Vegas NHL odds, the Rangers are +900 to win the East (sixth), while the Canucks are +6600 to win the West (12th).
The NHL betting lines went under in five consecutive meetings until Vancouver’s 5-2 victory at New York last February snapped the string.
Canucks vs Rangers Game Information
- Game: Canucks (20-26-4) vs Rangers (28-14-8)
- Day/Time: Wednesday, Feb 8th, 8 p.m. ET
- Location: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
- Canucks vs Rangers Live Stream: NHL.TV
Canucks vs Rangers Betting Lines
Canucks vs Rangers Picks and Prediction
The Rangers won’t like the fact they gave up four goals against Calgary on Monday and coach Gerard Gallant will undoubtedly stress tightening up against a capable offensive team.
New York All-Star goalie Igor Shesterkin was rested Wednesday and has allowed more than three goals once in his last 17 games. The reigning Vezina Trophy winner has been dominant against the West this season (13-1-3, .924 SP) to improve to 30-5-5 in his career versus the conference.
Vancouver is playing loose, without much chance for the playoffs, and that will likely produce a few goals. If you are online gambling, the Rangers should buildoff the emotion of the overtime win and put up a strong offensive effort.
Vancouver is listed at +200 in our Las Vegas NHL odds. This means that if you wager $100 on the Canucks, you have a chance to win $200. The Rangers are -240, offering a chance to win $41.67 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Canucks a 33.33% chance to win, with New York at 70.59%.