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Can the New York Rangers win at home against the Vancouver Canucks? Lightning Locks takes a look at the likelihood.

New York Rangers vs Vancouver Canucks Prediction: Trust the Home Team

Are the New York Rangers buyers or sellers? We will try and find out as they play at home against the Vancouver Canucks tonight and try to get the bitter taste of being shut out by the team one spot ahead of them in the Penguins.

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New York Rangers vs Vancouver Canucks Prediction

JT Miller, the former Ranger now Canuck, is likely to be traded before the deadline. I am sure he is hoping it's before his birthday a week before the deadline so he can party in his new town. What better town than to be traded back to New York? 

Other than JT Miller their next leading scorer is Quinn Hughes with 41 points but only four goals which is rare to only have four goals and 41 points. The point of that is if you stop JT Miller and his line you should beat the Canucks.

We know this and so do the Rangers because in their previous meeting guess what happened? That's right JT Miller had 2 goals including the overtime winner and of course, the assist was from Quinn Hughes.

The Canucks had 11 more shots than the Rangers that game which is rare for a team that is averaging only 2.7 goals a game which is in the bottom 10 of the league. With the Rangers awesome goaltending combo and the fact they are number three in the league in giving up only 2.4  goals a game we have a feeling Vancouver will only get one or at best two goals tonight.

Vancouver is coming off their best game possibly of the year with a 7-1 beatdown of the Flames and of course JT Miller had 2 goals but really other than that win and a lucky win against the up and down Maple Leafs the Canucks haven't beaten anyone good recently, and there defense has been horrid which is why the over is 7-1 in their last eight games.

Vancouver is a .500 team on the road and the last game was an anomaly as their power play was three for seven. If you go back through the last five games they were three for 18 so they did something in one game that usually takes them five to do. JT Miller shut him down and you beat the Canucks especially tonight in NY with the best goalie in the game.

The Rangers have two amazing goalies if Igor Shesterkin plays as listed or Alexandar Georgiev we feel it doesn't matter as both have been great, especially at home and the Rangers win with defense and goaltending.

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They are number as we said in goals allowed and they have gone under five in a row and 7-1 last eight and let's not forget who is the best home team in the NHL as they are 17-4-1 at home where Shesterkin gives up less than two goals a game (1.95).

In the last three games they have given up three goals and no one has scored more than three in the last eight games off of them. The Rangers will win this game because of defense, goaltending and they will fix their power play because they are the fourth-best in the league. Plus, keep in mind that the Canucks have the worst penalty kill in the NHL.

We expect the Rangers to score at least one power play goal and when you have four guys with 48 points or more led by Artemi Panarin with 55 and Chris Kreider a goal scoring machine with 34 already they should be able to get at least three goals. 

Hopefully, the Vezina Trophy winner Igor Shesterkin (yes we are predicting it) will be in goal as he is the best in the game and gives us an even bigger edge but if not we are fine with his backup who is 3-1-1 at home.

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The home team is 4-1 in the last five and the Canucks won at home earlier in the year and have only won once since 2016 in New York. We also have a number on the Rangers that has won eight out of the last nine times but how about this for a number that we will give you, and that's the Rangers are 6-0 this year when they have revenge for an earlier road loss and have outscored their opponents by over 2.5 goals in these six games.

You have an angry Rangers bunch fighting for the playoffs, who should want JT Miller back and they will show him why he should want to come back tonight. We will lay the -135 with the Rangers if you want to put a little on the  Rangers in regulation please go ahead as we will say based on the analysis a 3-1 or even 4-2 score is not out of the question. This is the last game of the month for the Rangers. Let's both end the month with a bang and get this winner tonight on MSG.

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