Madison Square Garden plays host to an Original Six matchup as the New York Rangers face off against the visiting Boston Bruins. This one will get going at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 8 and it is being televised live on NBC Sports Network.
Boston Bruins vs. New York Rangers Odds
New York (-140) is currently favored over Boston (+120) and the oddsmakers have put the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals. The line for betting the total stands at -135 for the over and +115 for the under.
Producing 4.3 units for moneyline bettors, the Rangers are 7-9 straight up (SU) overall this year. That early-season winning percentage is a noticeable slide from what the team managed during the 2016-17 season (48-34). Through 16 regular season matches, 10 of the team’s games have gone over the total, while six have gone under and none have pushed. This season, the team is 5-6 SU at home.
New York’s been able to convert on 24.2 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that places them in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 17th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 81.1 percent of all penalties.
As a collective unit, NY has been whistled for penalties just 3.9 times per game overall this season, and 3.0 per game over its last five home outings. The team’s had to kill penalties for just 8.5 minutes per game over its last 10 matchups, overall.
Averaging 26.4 saves per game with a .900 save percentage, Henrik Lundqvist (six wins, seven losses, and two OT losses) has been the best goalkeeper for the Rangers this season. If they, however, decide to give him the evening off, New York might turn to Ondrej Pavelec (1-3-3 record, .887 save percentage, 3.64 goals against average).
The Broadway Blueshirts will continue to lean on the leadership from Mika Zibanejad and J.T. Miller. Zibanejad (17 points) is up to eight goals and nine assists and has recorded two or more points in three different games this year. Miller has three goals and 12 assists to his credit and has recorded a point in eight contests.
Boston is 6-7 straight up (SU) and has lost 4.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline thus far. A total of seven of its games have gone over the total, while six have gone under and none have pushed. As the road team, Boston is 1-3 SU so far.
Boston has scored on 25.5 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that’s good enough for sixth-best in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked fourth overall and it’s successfully killed off 87.2 percent of all opponent power plays.
Boston’s players have been penalized 4.6 times per game this season. Last season, that number was at 4.2, which was the sixth-highest mark in the league. After serving an average of 10.1 penalty minutes per game a season ago the team’s had to stave off opponent power plays for 12.3 minutes per matchup this year.
Tuukka Rask (.903 save percentage and 2.73 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for Boston. Rask is averaging 24.8 saves per game and has three wins, six losses, and two OT losses to his credit.
Leading the offensive attack for the visiting Bruins will be David Pastrnak (eight goals, six assists) and Brad Marchand (eight goals, six assists).
Boston Bruins at New York Rangers Free Picks
Predictions: SU Winner – Rangers, O/U – Over
The over has hit in four of New York’s last five games.
After averaging the most shots in the league last season (32.8 per game), Boston has attempted 29.9 shots per game overall this season, and 26.0 in its last five road games.
New York has averaged 3.3 goals per game overall this season, but has raised it up to 4.5 per match up over its four-game win streak.
Four of Boston’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 3-1 in those games.