New York Rangers vs. Vancouver Canucks - 10/20/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Rangers vs. Vancouver Canucks - 10/20/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Vancouver Canucks (4-3) at New York Rangers (2-3)

NHL Hockey: Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 1:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: New York Rangers -131 / Vancouver Canucks +112 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Vancouver Canucks and New York Rangers meet Sunday in NHL action at Madison Square Garden.

The Vancouver Canucks look for another win after winning four of their last five games. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 16.7 percent of their power play opportunities. J.T. Miller leads Vancouver with four goals, Brock Boeser has five assists and Tanner Pearson has 21 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 95 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up nine goals on 122 shots faced and Thatcher Demko has allowed four goals on 64 shots. The Vancouver Canucks have allowed three or less goals in all seven games this season.

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The New York Rangers could use a win here to snap a three-game losing streak. The New York Rangers are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 21.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Mika Zibanejad leads New York with four goals, Jacob Trouba has four assists and Brady Skjei has 11 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 3.8 goals per game and are killing 78.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Henrik Lundqvist has given up 11 goals on 106 shots faced and Alexandar Georgiev has allowed five goals on 69 shots. The New York Rangers have allowed four or more goals in four of their first five games.

The Canucks are 12-4 in their last 16 Sunday games, 18-38 in their last 56 games playing on 0 days rest and 23-51 in their last 74 road games. The Rangers are 3-8 in their last 11 home games, 4-11 in their last 15 games playing on 1 days rest and 7-19 in their last 26 overall. The under is 44-12-2 in Canucks last 58 overall. The under is 4-0 in Rangers last 4 games playing on 1 days rest. The Canucks are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings. The Canucks are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in New York. The over is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings in New York.

The New York Rangers have won five of the last seven meetings against the Vancouver Canucks, and they're catching them on the end of a back to back with a very quick turnaround. I usually favor the home teams in very early starts, as it's a lot easier to get going when waking up in your own bed. The Rangers haven't been good defensively and haven't had much success in terms of defending their home ice, but that's a trend that's likely to change given the support they get at MSG. The Vancouver Canucks also don't have much success dating back to last season when it comes to playing on the end of back to backs. Give me the Rangers and the cheap price. 

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Randy’s Pick New York Rangers -131

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