NHL Betting Preview: Chicago Blackhawks vs. New York Rangers Odds, Analysis

OddsShark.comFeatured ColumnistFebruary 17, 2016

Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) battles Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Colin Greening (38) during the first period of an NHL hockey game on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)
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The Chicago Blackhawks (37-18-5) were bigger underdogs the last time they visited Madison Square Garden to play the New York Rangers (32-18-6) less than a year ago heading into Wednesday’s rematch.

The Blackhawks won that game 1-0 as 13-10 dogs and then lost the first meeting this season 3-2 to the Rangers as small home favorites on opening night when they raised their Stanley Cup banner. Chicago is a slight 11-10 betting underdog for Wednesday night at sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark.

Both teams are coming off wins in their last games and chasing teams in their respective divisions that are among the favorites to win the Cup this year. Chicago is the 5-1 second choice on the odds to win the Stanley Cup behind the Washington Capitals (4-1), whom the Rangers (18-1) are trying to catch atop the Metropolitan Division.

The Capitals tied the best record in NHL history through 55 games and will have to choke down the stretch to give up their lead.

The Blackhawks trail the Dallas Stars (10-1) by one point in the Central Division after losing to them 4-2 during a recent three-game home skid that ended with a 7-2 rout of the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday. Chicago has won three in a row away from home, including a 5-1 victory against the Stars as a small 1-1 road dog on February 6.

That was only the second time in 19 games that the Blackhawks were not favored, and they are just 3-6 in their last nine games as underdogs, according to the Odds Shark NHL Database.

New York has won five of six and bounced back from its lone loss during that period with a 3-1 home victory against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday. The Rangers had fallen to the Los Angeles Kings 5-4 in overtime at MSG two days earlier, which was their first loss there since dropping a 4-3 decision to Washington in overtime on January 9.

The under is 3-1 in New York’s last four games, with three of them finishing with four goals or less. The under is also 4-0-1 in the team’s past five meetings with Chicago, as the previous three before this season did not have more than three goals.