Rangers vs Blackhawks Prediction NHL Picks 2/9/24

Chicago Blackhawks (14-35-2) vs New York Rangers (32-16-3)

Game Info: Friday, February 9, 2024 at 8:30 pm (United Center)

Betting Odds: Chicago Blackhawks +250 / New York Rangers -300 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The New York Rangers will play the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. New York has won three games in a row, while Chicago is on a five game losing streak. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Rangers vs Blackhawks prediction.

Rangers Preview

The New York Rangers are 32-16-3 this year after they defeated Tampa Bay by a score of 3-1 in their last game. New York led 2-0 after the second period and they were able to hang on for the win in the third. The Rangers out shot Tampa Bay by a total of 24-18 and went 0-2 on the power play in the game. New York has also defeated Colorado and Ottawa during this three game winning streak. The Rangers are scoring 3.24 goals per game and they are allowing 2.78 goals against per game, while going 26.6% on the power play and 83.2% on the penalty kill. Artemi Panarin has led New York with 31 goals, 36 assists, and 198 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for New York is Igor Shesterkin, who is 19-12-1 this season with a 2.86 goals against average and a .899 save percentage. 

Blackhawks Preview

The Chicago Blackhawks are 14-35-2 this season after they lost to Minnesota by a score of 2-1 in their last game. Chicago tied the game at one in the second period, but they allowed the winning goal with about 10 minutes left in the game. The Blackhawks were out shot by a total of 25-21 and went 0-2 on the power play in the game. Chicago has lost five games in a row and they have scored a total of three goals in those five games. The Blackhawks are scoring 2.06 goals per game and they are allowing 3.49 goals against per game, while going 12.3% on the power play and 76.7% on the penalty kill. Jason Dickinson has 15 goals, 10 assists, and 79 shots on goal for the Blackhawks. The projected starting goalie for Chicago is Petr Mrazek, who is 12-20-1 this year with a 2.90 goals against average and a .910 save percentage. 

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Chicago Blackhawks Player Prop Facts

  • Jason Dickinson has scored at least one goal in each of the Blackhawks' last five Friday games.
  • Taylor Hall has recorded at least one point in seven of his last eight appearances with his team as an underdog against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • Connor Bedard has recorded at least one assist in four of his last five home appearances after playing less than 20 minutes in the Blackhawks' last game.
  • Seth Jones ranks 1st in the Central Division for average time on ice (25:24) this season.

New York Rangers Player Prop Facts

  • Artemi Panarin has recorded two or more points in each of his last six appearances with his team as a favorite against the Blackhawks.
  • Artemi Panarin has scored at least one goal in each of his last four appearances at United Center.
  • Artemi Panarin has recorded at least one assist in each of his last six appearances with his team as a favorite against the Blackhawks.
  • Chris Kreider has the most Shorthanded Goals for the Rangers this season (2).

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Chicago Blackhawks rank 32nd in the league for goals per game this season (2.06).
  • The Chicago Blackhawks rank 32nd in the league in power play percentage this season (12.26%).
  • The New York Rangers rank 4th in the league in power play percentage this season (26.62%).
  • The New York Rangers rank 6th in the league in penalty kill percentage this season (83.22%).

Rangers vs Blackhawks Betting Prediction

Chicago comes into this game on a five game losing streak and they have been shutout three times in those five games. The Blackhawks are only scoring 2.06 goals per game, but they do play their best hockey at home. New York has won three games in a row and they are 15-9-3 on the road. The Rangers have only allowed four goals in their last three games, so Chicago is probably going to have another tough time scoring here. I am going to roll with the Rangers to win by at least two goals here. 

David’s Pick Rangers -1.5

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