Colorado Avalanche vs. New York Rangers - 1/7/20 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Colorado Avalanche vs New York Rangers
Date: Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Avalanche (-160) Rangers (+144)
Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers (19-18-4, 7th in the Metropolitan Division) host the Colorado Avalanche (25-13-4, 2nd in the Central Division) at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, January 7, 2020. The Avalanche open this contest at -160 while the Rangers are coming in at +144. The total is set at 6.5. The Avalanche are covering 59.5% of the time, having gone 25-17 SU. New York is covering 46.3% of the time, going 19-22 straight up.
The Colorado Avalanche step onto the ice holding a record of 25 wins and 13 defeats, ranking them 2nd in the Central Division. Thus far in the season, they have scored a total of 156 goals which ranks them 1st in the conference and 1st in the NHL. Their goal differential is +33, ranking them 2nd in the NHL. The Avalanche have a total of 54 points, which ranks them 5th in the NHL and 2nd in the West. Regarding shots toward the net, they have a total of 1,386 which ranks them 4th in the Western Conference and 9th in the NHL. As a group, Colorado has compiled a total of 726 hits which means they have an average of 17.3 per contest. They have a total of 506 blocks for the year. In goal for Colorado is Philipp Grubauer from Rosenheim, Germany. He is 28 years old and has played a total of 1,419 mins in net this season. Grubauer is conceding 2.87 goals per contest which has him ranking 14th among Western Conference goaltenders and 29th among goalies in the NHL. For the year, he has surrendered 68 goals. He has a save % of .911 which has him ranking 16th among Western Conference goaltenders.
The Colorado Avalanche had a good night with a 5 - 2 victory against the New Jersey Devils the last time they stepped on the ice. The Avalanche had a good offensive performance and it was apparent in the victory. In this outing, they scored on 5 out of the 34 shots they attempted. Additionally, they had 3 power play opportunities but weren't able to score a goal. Colorado earned a total of 6 penalty mins in their game. The Corsi for the Avalanche sat at 53 and the Corsi against was 37 giving them a Corsi percentage of 58.9%. Their Fenwick was 41 and the Fenwick against sat at 29, which means they had a rate of 58.6%. They won 18 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 23 attempts to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts came in at 45.8% and they had a PDO of 113.8 for this game. In discussing stats from the opponent, the New Jersey Devils tallied a total of 30 shots. They had a total of 26 penalty mins and they earned a total of 3 power play chances.
The Rangers will be looking to add points to their total and for the year they sit with 19 wins and 18 losses. When talking about goal differential, they are ranked 11th in the conference and 19th in the NHL with -3. They currently have a total of 133 goals for this season which ranks them 8th in the Eastern Conference. New York has a team save percentage of .904 which has them ranked 16th in the NHL, which tells us scoring chances could be there if they are opportunistic. They have a team shooting percentage of 10.9% ranking them 3rd in the East. In net for New York is Henrik Lundqvist who is having a bad campaign by giving up 3.10 goals per contest and that ranks him 22nd in the Eastern Conference and 47th in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 1,356 minutes he has been on the ice, he's allowed 70 goals. He has a save % of .910, which ranks him 13th in the Eastern Conference and 29th in the NHL among goaltenders.
The New York Rangers played the Vancouver Canucks in a matchup where the Rangers ended up losing by a final of 2 - 1. For this matchup, New York earned a 62.7% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 64 and their opponent having a Corsi of 38. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 65.7% by notching a Fenwick of 46 and the Canucks ending the game with a 24 Fenwick. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game New York played and we'd say it was a below average outing in all. Their PDO was 91.4 and they earned an oZS percentage of 68.8%. The Rangers netted 1 goal out of the 37 shots on goal they attempted. They had 2 power play opportunities in this outing but weren't able to notch a goal. Regarding their opponent, the Canucks had 3 power play attempts but didn't put the puck in goal. New York allowed 27 shots on goal and the Canucks ended up with 4 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take New York (+144)
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