Free NHL Picks For Tonight (Nov 15): Rangers vs Blackhawks Prediction
New York Rangers (+119) at Chicago Blackhawks (-131)
November 15 offers three games on. One of the matchups includes a battle between two of the original six teams. When two teams from the original six meet up, it commonly demands much attention. The Blackhawks will host the Rangers on Wednesday night. Odds for this game and more can be found at BetOnline.
The Rangers roll into Wednesday night’s matchup holding a six-game winning streak. New York’s latest victory in the streak came against the Oilers on Saturday. The Rangers beat them at home by a score of 4-2. In the six-game winning streak, the Rangers have won four at home and two on the road. Wednesday night’s matchup will be only the sixth road game of the season for the Rangers.
Chicago will enter Wednesday night’s matchup with an 8-8-2 record. The Blackhawks will be looking to try and return to the form that won them the Western Conference last season. Chicago’s last game was at home against the Devils. New Jersey won 7-5 after the Blackhawks jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first period. Chicago will look to rally after that embarrassing loss.
One of the biggest issues for the Blackhawks has been their power play. Chicago has scored on only 14.29 percent of their man advantages. The Blackhawks will have to try and beat the Rangers penalty kill which has only allowed goals on 81.36 percent of their penalties against. New York’s power play has been much better, scoring 25.76 percent of the time. If the Rangers can continue to keep the Blackhawks power play quiet, it will give New York a great advantage.
Henrik Lundqvist struggled at the beginning of the season but has since gotten better. Lundqvist has a .905 save percentage and a GAA of 2.92. His numbers are not spectacular, but he has been a big reason why the Rangers have had their recent success.
Corey Crawford is expected to get the start in Wednesday night’s game. Crawford was pulled from the game against the Devils. Crawford has a .932 save percentage and a 2.21 GAA. He has been struggling recently. Anton Forsberg could get the start after he had a solid performance stepping up after Crawford got pulled. Forsberg only allowed one goal on thirteen shots. Forsberg has a .904 save percentage on the season and a GAA of 3.86.
The Blackhawks point leader has been Patrick Kane. He has seventeen points on the season, while the next best is Alex DeBrincat and Jonathan Toews. Both DeBrincat and Toews have eleven points. Mika Zibanejad leads the Rangers in points with eighteen. Kevin Shattenkirk is close behind with seventeen. In total the Rangers have six players with more than eleven points. Chicago only has one player with more than eleven points.
New York Rangers vs Chicago Blackhawks Prediction
The Rangers have been much better than the Blackhawks recently. With an edge on the power play and scoring New York should not be as big of underdogs as they are. Chicago’s goaltending struggled last game, which could spell disaster if they cannot figure it out before Wednesday night’s matchup.
With a -131 money line, the Blackhawks are expected to win this game around fifty-seven percent of the time. I believe that even with the Blackhawks at home, it should be much closer to fifty percent. Chicago has gone 4-4-1 at home on the season. As underdogs, the Rangers are the best pick. New York has been on a hot streak as of recently and I believe it could continue with a win over Chicago on Wednesday night.