Looking to win big? The Canucks and Rangers face off at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. The Rangers are hosting the game at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. The over/under for this non-conference contest is set at 6.5 goals, with the Rangers being the favored team playing at home against the Canucks.


The Pick: New York Rangers -1.5

This game will be played at Madison Square Garden at 7:00 ET on Monday, January 8th.


  • Our prediction for this game is that the Rangers will come out on top with a projected score of 4-2.
  • Take the Rangers on the moneyline
  • The Rangers should also cover at -1.5

Will the Canucks Secure A Victory as Road Underdogs?

With a record of 25-11-3, the Vancouver Canucks are currently in 2nd place in the Western Conference and 1st in the Pacific Division. Over their last ten games, the Canucks have gone 6-4 and are 3-2 in their last five games.

On the road this season, Vancouver has posted a record of 11-7-2 and have been the underdog in 16 of their games. Against other teams in the Western Conference, the Canucks are 16-8 this season.

On the season, Vancouver has a puck line record of 27-12 and a road puck line record of 13-7. Their average scoring differential for the year is +1.2 goals per game.

When looking at their last ten games, the Canucks have gone 7-3 vs. the puck line and have a puck line record of 14-9 as the favorite. In their last ten road games, Vancouver has a puck line mark of 6-4.

On average, Vancouver's games have finished with 6.4 goals per game. The season's average over/under line stands at 6.5. In total, the Canucks come in with an over/under record of 23-14-2.

Vancouver has a 1-2 record in their last three road games. In this stretch, they averaged 3 goals per game while allowing 3. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 2-1.

The Canucks come into the game scoring an average of 3.8 goals per game, putting them 1st in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 28th in the league. Vancouver's offense is currently ranked 10th in power play goals. When it comes to shorthanded goals, they are 16th in the league.

Vancouver's current leading scorer is Brock Boeser. This season, he has 24 goals, which puts him 7th in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Boeser has 17 assists this season.

In terms of defense, the Rangers head into the game ranked 24th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 29.4 shots per game against New York. So far, they are 17th in shutouts, achieving 2 shutouts.

Goalie Casey DeSmith comes into the game having made 11 starts this season. So far, his record is 6-3 and he has a save percentage of 0.45098039215686275%.

Will the Rangers Come Through as Home Favorites?

At home this season, the Rangers have been the favorites in 18 of their 38 games and have gone 13-5-0 in those games. In the Eastern Conference, New York has the best record and is 26-11-2 overall. Over their last ten games, the Rangers have gone 6-4, and in their last five games, they are 2-3. Heading into today's game, New York has 54 points and is in first place in both the Metropolitan Division and the Eastern Conference.

So far this season, the Rangers have been favored in 30 of their games and have gone 21-9-1 in those games. Against other teams from the Eastern Conference, New York has gone 14-8. In their last three games, the Rangers have gone 1-2.

When favored, the Rangers have gone 12-18 against the puck line this season, including 6-4 in their last 10 games. Overall, New York has gone 19-19 vs. the puck line, including 15 games with multiple-goal wins.

At home, the Rangers have gone just 7-11 vs. the puck line this year and just 4-6 in their last 10 games at home. Their average scoring margin at home this year is +.6 goals per game.

This season, New York's games are averaging 6.2 goals per game. Their average over/under line is 6.1. The Rangers currently have an over/under record of 19-16-3.

Across their last three road contests, Vancouver has a 2-1 record vs the spread. Their overall mark in these games was 1-2, while averaging 3 goals per game.

When looking at their offense, the Rangers have an average of 3.4 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 13th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 18th in the league. This year, the Rangers have recorded a 19-7 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. For games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 7-3 record.

New York will be looking for a good game from Artemi Panarin who leads the team in scoring with 25 goals, ranking 4th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 30 assists so far.

The Rangers defense is currently 24th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 29.4 shots per game against New York. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 17th with 2 shutouts.

Goalie Igor Shesterkin gets the start and has made 24 starts this season. His record at this point is 16-8, and his save percentage is 0.8823529411764706%.