The New York Rangers overcame a slow start in the first game of their western road swing to take the Edmonton Oilers to overtime on Monday night. They ended up on the wrong end of a 3-2 decision, but picked up another point in the loss. The Rangers now have lost seven of their last eight and still have six points during the skid because five of those losses have needed extra time. While it’s nice to see the team battling in its first season under David Quinn, these points aren’t going to help their draft position in June.
Meanwhile, the Vancouver Canucks are slumping as well. They have just three wins in their last 13 games and have been idle since Saturday’s 6-2 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights.
Rangers vs Canucks Betting Analysis
The Rangers and Canucks may not be going to the playoffs, but they’re two of the best puckline bets in the NHL this season. New York’s overtime loss at Edmonton improved its record against the puck spread to 42-27, while Vancouver checks in at 41-28. The Canucks’ recent scoring woes have total bettors who bet the under riding an 8-2 stretch over the last 10 games.
New York Rangers
Brendan Lemieux hasn’t wasted any time putting his stamp on the Blueshirts. The 22-year-old son of former-NHLer Claude Lemieux has provided a major spark to the Rangers with the speed and feistiness New York hoped he’d bring when he came over in the Kevin Hayes trade. Lemieux helped drag New York out of a 2-0 hole in Edmonton and ended up with a Gordie Howe hat trick. He’s currently playing on the third line, but is also getting some time on the PP and PK units. Expect Henrik Lundqvist to get the call on Wednesday after he sat out Monday’s game.
The Canucks’ offense was flying for a while until Elias Pettersson hit the dreaded “rookie wall.” He still leads the team with 58 points, but has just one goal since Feb. 9 with just a pair of assists in his last six games. For a team that’s as top heavy up front as the Canucks are, simply isn’t enough. Brock Boeser has been doing his share though. The sophomore winger scored his 22nd goal of the season in the loss to Vegas and has four points in his last three. He has 47 points in 55 games this year after tallying 55 points in 62 games last season. The Canucks are hoping to get a look at another highly-touted prospect with defenceman Quinn Hughes joining the team. The 19-year-old is nursing an ankle injury after blocking a shot in the NCAA playoffs with the Michigan Wolverines, but could be available to make his NHL debut this week if medically cleared.