Blackhawks vs. New York Rangers Wednesday’s Hockey Betting Odds
Posted by: Mike Davis
The hockey betting odds are primed for another successful night of NHL wagering. Unfortunately, there is a slim selection of matchups this evening, since only 2 games will be played. Luckily, one of those games happens to be the Chicago Blackhawks vs. New York Rangers. Let’s take a quick glance at what the 2 team parlay odds have to say about this matchup.
Chicago Blackhawks vs. New York Rangers – Wednesday, Jan. 3rd
When: 8:00 pm ET
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Stream: NBC Extra, NHL TV
Hockey Betting Odds:
Chicago Blackhawks +1 ½ (-250) 5 ½ (-120) +115
New York Rangers -1 ½ (+210) 5 ½ (EV) -135
The Blackhawks enter this evening’s matchup flashing an 18-14-6 record that ranks Chicago 7th in the Central Division. Because Chicago has accrued 42 points on the season, they find themselves at the bottom of the pack in the Central. Sportsbook betting players will recall that the Blackhawks were one of the most dominant teams in the league last season. However, once in the playoffs, Chicago was promptly dismissed by the Nashville Predators. In fact, the Preds ended up sweeping the B-Hawks in 4. Clearly, Chicago hasn’t been able to cleanse themselves of that atrocious finish.
In addition to wielding the worse record of the two, the Blackhawks also pale against the Rangers in numbers. Specifically, NY has the better offense and defense of this evening’s Chicago Blackhawks vs. New York Rangers matchup. New York enters this matchup with the league’s 7th best scoring offense, 7th best defense, and 15th best power play percentage. On the other hand, the B-Hawks are 13th in the NHL in scoring, 13th as well in defense, and a disappointing 29th in power play percentage. Clearly the Blackhawks will be a statistical advantage this evening. Coupled with the fact that they’ll be on the road, and it’s clear that the Rangers are the betting favorites this evening.
New York Rangers
The Rangers slide into this Wednesday night pairing sporting a 21-13-5 record. With that record, New York is sitting on 47 points on the season. Additionally, that 47-point tally puts the Rangers 6 points behind the division leading Washington Capitals and 2-points behind the 3rd place Columbus Blue Jackets. Overall New York is 2-3 in their last 5 games, which accurately reflects the inconsistencies that have plagued the Rangers all season long. Nevertheless, the hockey betting odds are pretty certain that New York has what it takes to triumph over the lowly Blackhawks this evening.
Sportsbook players betting on this evening’s pairing can find plenty of value in taking New York straight up. The numbers make it clear that the Rangers have the advantage, and the line is low enough to rack up a pretty nice payout. The money line offers the best value this evening since neither team is that impressive against the spread; New York is 20-19 ATS while Chicago is 20-18.