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NHL Hockey Betting: Vancouver Canucks at New York Rangers

Added February 19, 2015 by Levi Watkins

Non conference action in New York City tonight as the Rangers welcome the Vancouver Canucks to Madison Square Garden. The Rangers are currently tied for second in the Metropolitan Division with Pittsburgh, both teams four points back of the division leading New York Islanders. Despite the absence of superstar goalie Henrik Lundqvist, the Rangers have kept up their winning ways and enter this contest 7-2-1 in their last 10 games and on a four game winning streak. The Canucks are in the midst of a four way battle in the Pacific Division. Anaheim pretty much has first place sewn up but second through fifth is essentially a deadlock. Calgary is second with 68 points, Vancouver third with 67 points and Los Angeles and San Jose tied for third and fourth with 66 points. The Canucks are 6-4-0 in their last ten games and last played on Monday, beating Minnesota 3-2 at home.

Credit where credit is due–the Rangers have done well with Henrik Lundqvist sidelined. Cam Talbot has performed admirably in his stead and the Rangers have continued to win games. Our concern is the teams they’ve beaten during their four game winning streak might not have them competitive primed to face a tough Vancouver team. The Rangers are coming off a hard fought 6-5 win over the hated New York Islanders but before that beat Toronto, Arizona and Colorado. They last played against the Islanders on Monday and have another break before their next home game against Columbus on Sunday. That makes this a spot where a flat ‘letdown’ performance is highly likely.

Vancouver is an underrated team and it’s probably the first time in years that I’ve been able to make that claim. They’re lost in the mix of a deep and talented Western Conference but have excellent goaltending with Ryan Miller and are playing a tighter, more defensive oriented style than in years past. Vancouver has been a thorn in the side of their Eastern Conference opponents this season going 16-8 in non conference games. The Rangers are certainly a good team but the price just isn’t right here. This one is much closer than the disparate moneyline would suggest and for that reason we’ll take the underdog Canucks.

BET VANCOUVER CANUCKS +140 OVER NEW YORK RANGERS

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