|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NHL The New York Rangers (25-26-3) host the Vancouver Canucks (28-8-6) this Thursday, January 13th, 2011 at Madison Square Garden, 7:00PM Eastern Standard. This will be the second consecutive game for the Canucks in New York, but their only meet up against the Rangers this season. Vancouver hasn’t had a victory over the Rangers since February 2004. The Canucks, however, are on top of their game right now. You can’t get any hotter than the Vancouver Canucks are, having not lost a game in regulation time since December 3rdth win of the season. against the St. Louis Blues. The Canucks have won 13 of their last 15 games and are leading the NHL in goals scored per game, power play percentage, and face off percentage. They won by shootout last Tuesday against the Islanders, 3-4 a team that is arguably more skilled. They are 14-0-3 in their last 17 games, they haven’t had a shut out in 17 games!! The Canucks have the second best offense in the NHL, at 3.4 goals per game average, the have two of the most destructive lines in the league.
Online Sportsbook lists the Canucks as the minus 1.5 point favorites with the total over under at 5.5.
As for the Rangers their recent loss at Montreal at 2-1 this past Tuesday on their own ice is reflective of their home record, 10-9-1. When betting on the NHL remember they seem to do better on the road, going 5-3-2 in their last 10 total games. So it looks like what should be a disadvantage for Vancouver, may actually benefit them this Thursday at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers have the 14th ranked offense, averaging 2.8 goals per game, and have lost Alex Frolov for the rest of the season. New York has been terrible offensively lately, having scored just eight goals in six games in the month of January. They’ve only scored three goals in a game once and that was thanks to a shootout victory over Dallas. Sniper Marian Gaborik has struggled to finish this season, and New York hopes the chemistry he showed in his first game with newly acquired Wojtek Wolski will continue tonight. How will that compete with the Canucks 2nd ranked offense.