Rangers vs Canucks Prediction NHL Picks Today 1/8

Rangers vs Canucks Prediction NHL Picks Today 1/8

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Preview: Vancouver Canucks vs. New York Rangers - Rangers Eyeing Home Victory

Introduction

Get ready for an exciting matchup between the Vancouver Canucks and the New York Rangers. Dive into the detailed preview, featuring player statistics, recent team performances, and a prediction for the game scheduled on January 8, 2024, at 5:00 PM.

 

Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks, with a record of 25-11-3, take on the New York Rangers, who are dominating with a 26-10-2 record.

Goaltender Duel:

The Canucks showcase Thatcher Demko (19 wins, 2.53 GA/G, .916 SV%) and Casey DeSmith (6 wins, 2.58 GA/G, .917 SV%). The Rangers boast Igor Shesterkin (16 wins, 2.76 GA/G, .908 SV%) and Jonathan Quick (9 wins, 2.44 GA/G, .915 SV%).

 

Game Information

The game is set at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY, on January 8, 2024, at 5:00 PM. The Rangers are favored with a -135 money line, and the over/under is set at 6.5 goals.

 

Scoring Leaders

Key players to watch include J.T. Miller for the Canucks and Artemi Panarin for the Rangers. Miller leads with 53 points and 18 goals, while Panarin boasts 55 points and 25 goals.

 

Injury Report

The Canucks have Nikita Zadorov listed as out until January 8, and Phillip Di Giuseppe is on long-term injured reserve until January 27. For the Rangers, Kaapo Kakko is on long-term injured reserve until January 11, and Tyler Pitlick is out until January 11.

 

Team Stats

Let's compare the team statistics:

Team GF/G GA/G SF/G SA/G PIM PPG PCT PPGA PCT SHG SHGA
Vancouver Canucks 3.82 2.59 28.2 30.0 339 31 23.8 25 78.4 4 0
New York Rangers 3.37 2.74 31.1 29.6 355 35 29.7 18 84.3 3 0

 

Recent Performances

Review the last 5 games for both teams:

Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks secured a win against New Jersey (1/6) but faced a loss to St. Louis (1/4) in their recent games.

New York Rangers

The Rangers experienced a shootout loss against Montreal (1/6) but clinched victories against Chicago (1/4) and Tampa Bay (12/30).

 

Prediction

The New York Rangers, playing on home turf, are in excellent form and have a slight advantage over the Canucks. Expect the Rangers to capitalize on their home advantage, strong offense, and the absence of key players for the Canucks, securing a win in this matchup.

Pick: New York Rangers

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