NHL Betting: New York To Be Swept Away In The Windy City


Chicago Blackhawks 1.78, Draw 4.10, New York Rangers (BET and STREAM LIVE on Unibet TV from 01.05 GMT)

Seven goals for the New York Rangers in their last road game against Toronto might be difficult to repeat in the Windy City and Blackhawks territory.

Just how good the reigning champions have been over both this season and last means another streak of 10 games without a regulation loss is greeted almost apathetically as by this point it's almost the norm; Chicago have actually lost more shootouts than any other team in the West so haven't been far off an even greater points total.

New York are in good enough form to not have their chances immediately dismissed at the very least, 11 points from the last 16 on offer and a powerplay that is capable of exploiting one of Chicago's limited weaknesses. Within games the Rangers have been great leaders and unsuccessful chasers as the first goal has been central to their fortunes, capable of being resilient defensively when called upon but sometimes in need of a confidence boost from their offence sums that up.

Ultimately though the Blackhawks are the much stronger team and I can't see them slipping up in their current mood.

 

Colorado Avalanche 2.05, Draw 3.85, Ottawa Senators 3.10 (BET and STREAM LIVE on Unibet TV 02.35 GMT)

The Ottawa Senators are feeling first-hand how a winning streak can revitalise your chances and, having notched four in a row, are right back in the East's playoff hunt.

Next in their sights after a four day break are the Colorado Avalanche, themselves coming off a poor loss in the circumstances at home to Calgary, although they had beaten San Jose the game before the manner in which a 4-0 lead was very nearly lost showed some fragility then too.

First overall pick Nathan MacKinnon could hardly be accused of making a slow adjustment to the major league but now with the chances his explosive skating creates he's really settling in with six goals over the Avs' last five games.

Kyle Turris and Clarke MacArthur have been in the groove for the Sens recently supplementing Bobby Ryan up top with Jason Spezza out, steady developments within the team as a whole have allowed them to maintain their fast-paced approach without letting the game open up too much.

It's been rare to see Avalanche coach Patrick Roy allow his side to get down on their defeats but I feel the price is right at 3.10 to back Ottawa to consign them to consecutive losses.

 

Best Bet: Chicago Blackhawks to win at 1.78.

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