NHL Odds - Bruins at Rangers Game Preview


It is an Original Six matchup on Wednesday night, as the Boston Bruins visit the New York Rangers on NBCSN. The Bruins are in the middle of the Atlantic Division standings, while the Rangers are starting to bounce back in the Metropolitan Division after a very poor start. The Rangers have dominated this series of late, winning each of the last five meetings, and New York has won the last four at home against Boston.

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Odds Analysis

Boston has benefited by playing the fewest amount of games in the NHL. They went into Monday night having played just 12 games, tied for the lowest amount of games played. Boston has had a lot of injuries, with the man games lost so far this season at 50, even though Boston has had a lot of rest. The party is now over for Boston, as they will be playing four games in six days this week. Backup goaltender Anton Khudobin is supposed to practice this week and Boston will need him, as it is unlikely Tuukka Rask can be effective playing four games this week. Boston has said they will not use Rask in back-to-back games and they have that situation on Friday and Saturday. Another player the Bruins need is David Krejci who has been out for about three weeks. Boston won’t have David Backes until January at the earliest and Ryan Spooner and Adam McQuaid are also out.

Boston was just 5-4-3 in their first 12 games, including 1-3 on the road. The Bruins are scoring 2.8 goals per game and giving up 3 per contest.

The Rangers have bounced back after a poor start to get back into the race in the Metropolitan Division. They started this week having won three in a row. The Rangers started 1-5-2 and the pressure was mounting on head coach Alain Vigneault but goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is playing better and there is real hope that the Rangers can continue moving up the standings. Lundqvist said to the New York Post that the team is playing better in front of him. “It makes a big difference.” Lundqvist said, “I feel like these last two games, more structure, it’s easier to read situations when we’re in the right place. So it definitely helps.”

New York was 4-6 in their first 10 home games, with six going over and four going under. They are scoring 3.1 goals per game and giving up 3.4 per contest.

Special Teams

The Bruins are very good on the power play at just over 27%, fourth in the NHL, while they are 4th in penalty killing at 87%. The Rangers are 10th in the league on the power play at 21.1%, while they are 16th in penalty killing at just over 80%.

Key Stat

The Rangers have owned this series of late, winning the last five meetings, with three of the five going over. New York has won the last four at home in the series, with the last two going over.

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The Bruins are still banged up and they haven’t been that good on the road this season, going 1-3. Boston has also really struggled in this series, losing the last five and they always struggled at MSG. The Rangers seem to have turned the corner, so I will take them to get the home win. The total is also worth a look, as both of these teams are struggling defensively and this has been a high scoring series of late in New York. I expect that we will get a total of 5.5, so I will also play the game over the total.

NHL Odds: Rangers 4, Bruins 3

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