Making on a bet on this NHL game featuring the Blackhawks versus the Rangers? The puck drops at 7:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on NBCS. The game will be played at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. This non-conference matchup has an over/under of 6.5 goals, and the Rangers are favored to win at home vs. the Blackhawks.


The Pick: New York Rangers -1.5

This game will be played at Madison Square Garden at 7:00 ET on Thursday, January 4th.


  • The Rangers enter this game as 1.5-goal favorites and in our projections and we anticipate them winning by a score of 4-3.
  • Take the Rangers on the moneyline
  • On the spread, we like Blackhawks (+1.5)

Can Chicago Secure a Road Victory?

This season, the Blackhawks currently hold an overall record of 11-24-2. When playing on the road, Chicago has a 4-15-1 record, while they are 7-9-1 at home. At the moment, they hold the 8th spot in the Western Central division and are ranked 15th in the Western conference.

Regarding the puck line, Chicago comes in with a 17-20 record. On the road against the puck line, they are 7-13, while their home record is 10-7. For the season, the average number of goals per game in matchups featuring Chicago is 6.1. The season's average over/under line is currently at 6.3. The Blackhawks come in with an over/under record of 16-19-2.

Across their three previous road games, Chicago has an puck line mark of 1-2. Their straight up record in these matchups was 0-3 while averaging 1 goals per game.

On offense, the Blackhawks are averaging 2.4 goals per game which is 30th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 30th in the league. Coming into the game, the Blackhawks have 1-6 record when they have more shots on goal than their opponent. When they have fewer shots on goal, they are 10-16.

The leading scorer for Chicago's offense is Connor Bedard. Coming into the game he has 15 goals, ranking 35th in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Bedard has 18 assists this season.

Defensively, the Rangers come into the season ranked 24th in goals allowed. Opponents are averging 29.6 shots per game against New York. For the season, they are ranked 17th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.

Goalie Petr Mrazek gets the start and has made 22 starts this season. His record at this point is 9-12, and his save percentage is 0.9215686274509803%.

Does New York Have What it Takes at Home?

So far this season, the Rangers have an overall record of 25-10-1. On the road, New York is 13-5-1 and 12-5-0 at home. In the Eastern Metropolitan division, they are currently 1st, and in the Eastern conference, they come into the game sitting 2nd.

When it came to the puck line, New York have posted a 18-18 record. Their road performance against the puck line stands at 12-7, while they are 6-11 at home. Games involving New York have an average of 6.2 goals per game this season. Their average over/under line is 6.1. In terms of their over/under performance, the Rangers come in with a record of 18-15-3.

The Rangers are 3-0 puck line in their last three home games and 2-1 straight-up.

The Rangers come into the game scoring an average of 3.4 goals per game, putting them 12th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 20th in the league. This year, the Rangers have recorded a 18-6 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. For games with fewer shots on goal, they have 7-3 record.

New York's current leading scorer is Artemi Panarin. This season, he has 23 goals, which puts him 5th in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Panarin has 28 assists this season.

New York defense takes on the Blackhawks ranked 24th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 29.6 shots per game against New York. They alsso are 17th in shutouts, with 2 shutouts.

Heading into this matchup vs. Chicago, goalie Igor Shesterkin has started 23 games in this season. His current record is 15-8, and his save percentage stands at 0.8823529411764706%.