About a year ago the New York Rangers waived the white flag of surrender and began trading off expensive assets in recognition of the fact that their Stanley Cup title window had closed. As a result, a year of misery and red ink was expected for the 2018-19 NHL season. However, head coach David Quinn and general manager Jeff Gordon have proven to be the young shot in the arm that the Broadway Blueshirts have responded well with. Indeed, the Rangers have been far more competitive and with much better wagering value that was anticipated. The Boston Bruins were considered a lock for the playoffs not that long ago but their post season hopes now hang in the balance due to an offense that is not producing consistent results.
Boston Bruins vs. New York Rangers
Date and Time: Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 8 p.m. ET
Location: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
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Bruins vs. Rangers TV Coverage: NBCSN
The Bruins and Rangers are two of the most public and popular teams in the NHL. Live Betting action could be heavy because savvy NHL gamblers appreciate how the Rangers have played far better than the preseason forecast anticipated. The Bruins are in free fall recently and that has not escaped the attention of the NHL betting community.
The Rangers have a record of 22-22-5-2 and have gone under the total in just 24 of their 51 games. New York has won four of their last six games with three of their last four games going under the total. The Broadway Blueshirts have a home record of 13-8-3-2 with just 12 of their home games going over the total. The Rangers are eight points out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Boston has lost six of their last eight games to now stand at 27-17-6-1 and has fallen to the seventh of eight playoff spots in the Eastern Conference. The Bruins have a road record of 10-10-4 with only seven of their 24 road matchups going over the total. Just 19 out of Boston’s 51 games have gone over the total.
New York has NHL metrics of 27th for goal scoring 11th for the power play, 26th for goals against and 25th for penalty killing.
Boston has NHL rankings of 19th for goal scoring, second for the power play, fourth for goals against and 21st for penalty killing.
King Henrik Lundqvist has a save percentage of .907 with a 3.02 goals against average and a record of 16-13-7. Backup Alexandar Georgiev has a .897 save percentage and a 3.28 goals against average with one shutout and a record of 6-9.
The Boston tandem of Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak has been among the best in the NHL. Rask has a save percentage of .920 with a 2.45 goals against average, one shutout, and a record of 14-8-4. Halak has a save percentage of .918 with a 2.49 goals against average, three shutouts, and a record of 13-9-3.
Players to Watch
Boston left wing David Pastrnak has 30 goals and 31 assists as far and away Boston’s most dangerous threat.
The Rangers are led by left wing Chris Kreider. The veteran Kreider has 23 goals with 16 assists and a plus five.
Free NHL Live Betting Odds Pick
The Rangers have won five of their last six home games against Boston and nine of the last ten meetings overall in this head to head series. The last four games between the Bruins and Rangers at Madison Square Garden have gone over the total.
With Boston’s recent poor form and the Rangers owning this series New York rates the call.
NHL Live Betting Odds Picks: New York Rangers
NHL Live Betting Odds Score Prediction: Rangers 4, Bruins 2
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