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NHL Best Bets & Props for January 4: Rangers to Revenge 5 Goals Defeat on Home Ice

Blake Wheeler New York Rangers v Edmonton Oilers
Blake Wheeler #17 of the New York Rangers celebrates his first period goal against the Edmonton Oilers. Bruce Bennett/Getty Images/AFP

Tonight’s NHL action sees us take a look at the NY Rangers to cover the spread on home ice following their defeat last time out against Carolina.

Elsewhere, we are taking a value pick at +320 in the Dallas and Colorado matchup, and Brock Boeser looks to get back on the scoreboard for Vancouver following a cold spell in front of net.

Picks Summary

  • Rangers -2.0 (-110)
  • Avalanche-Dallas Stars Tie (+320)
  • Brock Boeser Anytime Goalscorer (+125)

*All 0dds available at Bet365 (check our Bet365 Review)


Chicago Blackhawks vs. New York Rangers

Thursday, January 04, 2024 – 07:00 PM ET at Madison Square Garden


Betting Trends

  • NY Rangers are 4-1 in their last 5 games against an opponent in the Western Conference.
  • The NY Rangers have the 16th-best ATS record this season compared to Chicago’s 25th.

Chicago Dismal Road Record ATS

Despite Chicago having a somewhat decent ATS record compared to their overall record sitting at 11-26, they have been disappointed at covering the spread on the road this season.

The Blackhawks are 0-12 in their previous 12 road games and have lost by 3+ goals in 50% of those games and have only lost by one goal in 2 of those 12. There’s a reason the Rangers are as low as -400 with some sportsbooks to win this game on the moneyline.

New York lost on home soil 6-1 last time out against the Carolina Hurricanes, which was just their 4th home defeat in their previous 15 home games.

The Pick

This is the perfect opportunity for the Rangers to avenge their 6-1 defeat last time out, and we are looking to back them -2.0 at the spread for -110 NHL betting odds.

This is a lot of juice to lay for this line, but considering their opponents, it’s worth taking, as they should win this game by at least two goals, we will need them to win by three to cash the bet, but it’s safer to play them at the -2.0 line.

If you’re feeling brave, you can get +120 for the Rangers on the -2.5 PK line.

NHL Pick: Rangers -2.0 (-110) at Bet365


Colorado Avalanche vs. Dallas Stars

Thursday, January 04, 2024 – 08:00 PM ET at American Airlines Center


Betting Trends

  • The total has gone under in 11 of Colorado’s last 15 games when playing on the road against Dallas.
  • The total has gone under in 4 of Colorado’s last 5 games against an opponent in the Western Conference.

Tight Game Expected in Dallas

It’s a battle between 2nd and 5th place in the Western Conference and we believe this could be a very tight game as both teams are capable of putting it up to each other and canceling each other out at the end of regulation.

Considering 73% of these two teams’ previous 15 meetings in Dallas went under the total, this leaves us to believe we could be in for another low-scoring affair, and we are very much liking the value on this game to go to overtime.

The Pick

The tie after 60 minutes of play is coming in at +320 NHL betting odds. The Dallas Stars have featured in overtime on 30% of occasions thus far this season, with the Colorado Avalanche coming in at 34%.

Dallas have seen overtime in 3 of their previous 4 home games, while Colorado have had to endure it in 3 of their previous 7 road games.

There’s always a possibility this doesn’t go to overtime, but given the current odds at +320, we believe this to be a value play and would bet it down to as low as +290/280.

NHL Pick: Tie After Regulation ( +320) at Bet365


Vancouver Canucks vs. St Louis Blues

Thursday, January 04, 2024 – 08:00 PM ET at Enterprise Center


Betting Trends

  • Brock Boeser has scored the 3rd most goals this season in the entire NHL (24).
  • Boeser is the Vancouver Canucks top goalscorer this season by a long shot having scored 8 more goals than their second best.

Brock Boeser (Vancouver Canucks)

Not many people would have had Brock Boeser on their list as one of the top goalscorers halfway through the season, but so far, he has been the joint 3rd-highest scorer along with Sam Reinhart.

Boeser has failed to score in his previous three games for the Cancuks and has scored in 2 of his previous 7 games, but tonight we are targeting the 26 year old to break his three game scoreless streak on the road against the St Louis Blues.

The Pick

Boeser is currently +125 to score anytime against the Blues, and we like his chances of doing so as the Canucks are not only one of the most dominant teams this season with their overall record of 24-10-3, but they are also the league’s top scorers, having scored 3.84 goals per game.

Boeser should get plenty of opportunities to get on the scoreboard tonight against the Blues.

NHL Pick: Brock Boeser Anytime Goalscorer (+125) at Bet365

*The line and/or odds referenced in this article might have changed since the content was published. For the latest information on line movements, visit OddsTrader’s free betting odds tool.

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