Looking for the best NHL Picks? In this article, we’ll give you our top NHL picks today for two games on Wednesday, February 19, 2020. These matchups include the New York Rangers at Chicago Blackhawks & New York Islanders at Colorado Avalanche.
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New York Rangers at Chicago Blackhawks
NYR | Money Line: +108
| Puck Line (+1.5): -250
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CHI | Money Line: -125 | Puck Line (-1.5): +205
Total: 6 Goals (O: -122 | U: +102)
8:00 p.m. EST
United Center – Chicago, IL
This will be the first meeting of the season between the New York Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks. The Rangers have clearly been the better team of late, winning four of the last five (and 11 of the last 16) games, while the Blackhawks have lost six of the last seven. For that reason, our top NHL pick is for the Rangers to win outright. Let’s take a look at that factor in order to get a better understanding of this game.
NHL Betting Line: Rangers at Blackhawks
New York’s four-game winning streak was snapped on Sunday by one of the best teams in the NHL. This team has actually played well on the road, winning each of the last five games away from Madison Square Garden. It is somewhat intriguing that Chicago is the favorite here, considering all the losing this team has done recently.
However, oddsmakers believe that being the home team is worth something here. We do not believe that same thing.
Rangers Betting Form
Believe it or not, the Rangers actually have a shot at making the playoffs. In fact, they’re eight points away from the Wild Card spot with 24 games to go. Artemi Panarin and Mika Zibanejad have the offense humming along smoothly. The big question, however, is whether New York will be trading Chris Kreider before Monday’s trade deadline. Regardless, those rumors haven’t hurt his play at all.
It’ll be interesting to see who the Rangers put in net tonight. Rookie goaltender Igor Shesterkin has missed each of the last three games with an ankle injury, but his return could come any day now. Henrik Lundqvist played a few minutes in relief of Shesterkin last week, but he hasn’t made a start since Feb. 3. This means that Alexandar Georgiev could end up making his fourth straight start. Over the last two games, Georgiev has turned away 67 of the 70 shots he’s seen.
Blackhawks Betting Form
Aside from a massive eight-goal performance in Calgary, the Blackhawks offense has struggled of late. Over the last seven games, Chicago has scored two goals or fewer. This is a team that has some deadly weapons on offense, but clearly the all of the losses this season are finally taking a toll on them.
Robin Lerner will likely get the start for the Blackhawks, but it’s not like it’ll matter. He’s allowed four goals in three of the last four matchups. As a team, Chicago has allowed at least three goals in five straight games, and in six of the last seven.
NHL Pick: Rangers Money Line (+108)
This is a nice spot for us to get plus-money in a favorable matchup. The Rangers are playing incredibly well, especially away from home, and the possibility of a playoff run has them rejuvenated. In general, there are a lot of different factors working for New York. Some of these guys might not even be with the team next week and they still don’t want to let each other down.
New York Islanders at Colorado Avalanche
NYI | Money Line:
+132 | Puck Line (+1.5): -200
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COL | Money Line: -155 | Puck Line (-1.5): +163
Total: 5.5 Goals (O: -113 | U: -107)
10:00 p.m. EST
Pepsi Center – Denver, CO
When the New York Islanders face the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night, one of these two teams will break their three-game losing streak. Since the Islanders are the healthier team at the moment, we think that means more in the grand scheme of things. Our NHL pick will be for the Islanders to get the outright win. Now, let’s dive into these factors that led us to this decision.
NHL Betting Line: Islanders at Avalanche
Colorado’s last game was the first time it hasn’t been heavily favored in almost two months. Given the state of this roster right now, it is somewhat shocking to see the line all the way in their favor. However, just like in the other game we wrote about, the home team will get the advantage. Since the total is only at 5.5, this should favor the Islanders.
Islanders Betting Form
This current road trip has not gone well for the Islanders. Over the last three games, they have only managed to score one – only the first game was a blowout in that stretch. This is one of those situations of a team being “due” for a win. Prior to this West Coast road trip, New York scored at least four goals in seven of 11 games. Look for this team to get back on track tonight.
Semyon Varlamov will likely get the start against his former club, which he spent eight seasons with. While Varlamov has stopped 72 of 75 shots over the last two games, he hasn’t gotten a win in either one. Earlier this season, Varlamov did get a shutout win over the Avalanche by the score of 1-0.
Avalanche Betting Form
The Avalanche are losing player after player to injury, and it couldn’t be happening at a worse time. This was once a team that was in the process of being atop the Central Division. Now, they’ve lost each of the last three games and it doesn’t look like things will be getting any better. Starting goaltender Philipp Grubauer, Mikko Rantanen, Matt Calvert and Nazem Kadri are all going to be out for a while.
Pavel Francouz has a solid 13-5-3 record to go along with a 2.26 GAA and .922 save percentage this season. It’s going to be a different style of play in front of Francouz, probably clinching more to the defensive side. While Francouz may have a good night in net, there might not be enough offense to save him.
NHL Pick: Islanders Money Line (+132)
The Avalanche have way too many injuries to vital pieces of their team. If this were a subpar opponent they were facing, perhaps Colorado would have enough in the tank to get it done. Injuries are a cruel part of hockey, and it’ll be the Islanders taking advantage of it tonight.