It is mostly true that defense wins championships, but when games are a little more open during the regular season, you also need an offense that can put the puck on the net on a pretty regular basis. The New York Rangers are doing both, as they have struck a near perfect balance between offense and defense. They will have to put both to the test again when they travel to Vancouver to face the Canucks on Wednesday night.
Rangers @ Canucks NHL Odds Game Information and Opening Lines
Date/Time: Wednesday, December 09, 2015 10:00 PM ET
Venue: Rogers Arena
Opening Lines: New York -129, Vancouver +120
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— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) December 7, 2015
The Rangers (18-7-3) came storming out of the gate to start the season, and pretty quickly looked like a good bet to potentially repeat as winners of the President’s Trophy. Things have come a little unglued of late, though, and the Rangers are just 4-5-1 in their last 10 games. It has been a lack of scoring that has hurt during that stretch, with the Rangers scoring a goal or less in 4 of their last 7 games. The good news is that they may have just had a break out game with their 4-1 win over the Ottawa Senators to end the week. They could be in for a bit of a rough ride this week, though, as they have a 3-game western road trip that is never an easy rode for any team. The Rangers are a pretty healthy 6-3-2 on the road, but with 5 of the next 6 coming away from home, they are going to have to be at their best if they want to break out of this mini-slump.
You can’t talk about slumps without invoking the name of the Vancouver Canucks (10-11-8). They have managed just 3 wins in their last 13 games, yet they are still clinging onto 3rd spot in what has been a pretty dismal Pacific Division this season. The Canucks have tried a number of different things, including giving goaltender Ryan Miller a seat on the bench, in order to break out of the slump, but nothing has really helped so far. They are coming off a confidence-boosting 5-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Monday night, with Ryan Vrbata lighting things up with the hat-trick. The Rangers are a pretty different proposition that Buffalo, though, and they can expect things to be a whole lot tougher on Wednesday night. The Canucks are sitting in the middle of the pack in most of the major offensive and defensive stats, but they are on a slide that could see things get worse before they get better.
Key Betting Trends
- NY Rangers is 12-6 SU in its last 18 games
- NY Rangers is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
- Vancouver is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Vancouver’s last 5 games
- Vancouver is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home
Consider This Before Placing Your Bet
It has been the road team that has come up trumps in the last 3 meetings between these two teams, and that is a trend that I think will continue. The better option here, though, may well be the UNDER 5.5.