2019-20 NHL – New York Rangers @ Vancouver Canucks Preview & Pick

THE FACTS

When is New York Rangers @ Vancouver Canucks taking place? Sunday 5th January, 2020 – 03:00 (UK)

Where is New York Rangers @ Vancouver Canucks taking place? Rogers Arena, Vancouver

What channel is New York Rangers @ Vancouver Canucks on? Premier Sports

Where can I stream New York Rangers @ Vancouver Canucks? Premier Sport subscribers can stream this match live via Premier Player

Where can I get tickets for New York Rangers @ Vancouver Canucks? https://www.nhl.com/tickets

What was the outcome in the last meeting? New York Rangers 2 – 3 Vancouver Canucks

THE TEAM NEWS

NEW YORK RANGERS

  • The Rangers are coming off a 4-3 loss against the Calgary Oilers and that defeat pushed their losing run to two games, and it also means they have now dropped three of their last five contests.
  • New York will be without two players, as defenceman Libor Hajek and left winger Brendan Lemieux have both been ruled out. Both players, however, should return to action during this month.
  • Artemi Panarin might not have contributed the last time out but he remains the team’s most influential player. He has 10 points in his last four contests (two goals, eight assists) and he already has 55 points (22 goals, 33 assists) in 40 contests this season. He’s on pace to shatter his career-best 87 points established during the 2018-19 season.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS

  • The Canucks remain the hottest team in the NHL and they are coming off a 7-5 win over the Chicago Blackhawks – that result pushed their winning streak to six games. That impressive run of form has seen them move all the way up to sixth place of the Western Conference standings with 48 points.
  • Micheal Ferland should be listed as day-to-day with an upper body injury, and he will be a game-time decision. Meanwhile, Tyler Gravoac, Josh Leivo and Brandon Sutter have all been ruled out for his game.
  • Brock Boeser should be one of the main players to watch for the Canucks. The talented right winger is riding a six-game point streak (one goal, six assists) and has cracked the scoresheet in nine of Vancouver’s ten games, with two goals and nine helpers over that span.

THE PREDICTION

The Rangers have been extremely inconsistent, while the Canucks are arguably one of the hottest teams in the league on a perfect record over their last six games. Vancouver own the second-best attack of the Western Conference (139 goals scored) while the Rangers feature the fifth-worst defence in the East (136 goals conceded), so home team Vancouver should coast to victory.

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