NHL Picks Rangers +160 over the Blackhawks

Ross Benjamin

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 3:44 PM GMT

Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 3:44 PM GMT

The Blackhawks host the Rangers on Wednesday at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois with the opening puck drop slated for 8:05 PM ET. Let's take a look at the NHL odds for this match-up.

New York Rangers @ Chicago Blackhawks

According to NHL betting odds Chicago is a -180 money line home favorite and the posted total is 5.5. The home team has won 6 of the last 8 meetings between these two clubs. These teams have seen 4 of their last 5 meetings in Chicago stay under the total.

Can’t Wait to Get Away

The Rangers are having a very unusual season so far. They’re coming off a 4-3 overtime loss at home against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday. The loss was their 11th in their last 14 home games. However, they’ve been terrific on the road going 11-4 in their last 15-games versus the money line. The Rangers enter tonight having gone over the total in their last 3 and 4 of their last 5-games.

We are the Champions

Chicago has shown no signs of suffering from a Stanley Cup winning hangover in through the 1st half of the season. They lead the Central Division by 2-points over the St. Louis Blues, and are 2nd overall in the Western Conference just 2-points behind the Anaheim Ducks. The Hawks enter tonight having earned at least 1-point in the standings in their last 10, and 14 of their last 15 games. Since December 6th they’ve had just 1-loss in regulation time. This will be their first game since a 3-2 overtime home loss to the San Jose Sharks on Sunday. Chicago has piled up the points at home this season, earning at least 1-point in 21 of 23-games this season at the United Center.

NHL Betting System

Any team that averages 2.5 goals or less per game and is playing in the 2nd half of the season, versus an opponent that averages 2.9 goals or more per game, has gone 85-73 (53.8%) versus the money line since the beginning of the 2009-2010 season. We'll take the Rangers in our NHL picks for this one.

Free Pick: Rangers +160 over the Blackhawks

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