Looking to win big? The Canadiens and Rangers face off at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. The Rangers are hosting the game at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. This Eastern conference matchup has an over/under of 6 goals, and the Rangers are favored by -1.5 goals vs. the Canadiens.

MONTREAL CANADIENS VS NEW YORK RANGERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: New York Rangers -1.5

This game will be played at Madison Square Garden at 7:00 ET on Thursday, February 15th.

WHY BET THE NEW YORK RANGERS:

  • Even though they are considered 1.5-goal underdogs, our projection points to a 4-3 win for the Canadiens.
  • We like the Canadiens on the moneyline (+211)
  • The Canadiens are also our pick on the spread at +1.5

Do the Canadiens Have What it Takes on the Road?

Montreal enters this game with a record of 22-23-8 and is currently in 13th place in the Eastern Conference. Against other teams in the East, the Canadiens have gone 12-16 this season and are in 6th place in the Atlantic Division. On the road, Montreal has gone 11-9-5 this season.

As the underdog, Montreal has gone 18-22-8 this season and has lost two straight games when they have been the underdog. Over their last ten games, the Canadiens have gone 4-6.

On the road this season, the Canadiens have a puck line record of 17-8, and their average scoring margin is at -0.6 goals per game. So far, Montreal has been the underdog in 48 games, and their puck line record as the underdog is at 32-16.

Overall, the Canadiens have 15 losses by just one goal, and their puck line record for the season is at 33-20. In their last ten games, Montreal’s puck line record is at 6-4, and their puck line record in their last five road games is at 3-2.

For the season, Montreal’s games have finished with an average of 6.4 goals per game. Their average over/under line for the season is 6.3. Overall, the Canadiens have an over/under record of 27-25-1.

Across their last three road contests, Montreal has a 2-1 record vs the spread. Their overall mark in these games was 1-2, while averaging 3 goals per game.

For their offensive performance, the Canadiens come in averaging 2.8 goals per game this season, which is 26th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 27th in the league. This season, the Canadiens have a 5-3 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. In games with fewer shots on goal, they hold a 17-19 record.

Montreal’s current leading scorer is Nick Suzuki. This season, he has 19 goals, which puts him 45th in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Suzuki has 32 assists this season.

The Rangers defense is currently 25th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 28.1 shots per game against New York. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 17th with 3 shutouts.

Entering the game, goalie Sam Montembeault has started 24 games this season. His current record stands at 12-8, and his save percentage is 0.769%.

Will the Rangers Defense Show Up at Home?

At home this season, the Rangers have gone 18-7-0, and they have won three straight games at Madison Square Garden. In the Eastern Conference standings, New York is in third place and has a record of 34-16-3.

Against other Eastern Conference teams, the Rangers have gone 17-9 this season. Over their last ten games, they have a record of 6-4, and they have won five straight games overall.

At home this season, the Rangers have gone 11-14 against the puck line, and their average scoring margin is at +.6 goals per game. So far, 20 of their wins have been by multiple goals.

Over their last ten home games, the Rangers have gone 6-4 against the puck line and 4-1 in their last five. Overall, the team’s puck line record is at 26-27.

The average goal total for New York’s games is sitting at 6. The average over/under line for the season is 6.1. The Rangers come in with an over/under record of 27-23-3.

Montreal has a 1-2 record in their last three road games. In this stretch, they averaged 3 goals per game while allowing 4. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 2-1.

On the offensive side, the Rangers are scoring an 3.2 goals per game this season, ranking 12th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 9th in the league. The Rangers went 24-11 in games where they had more shots than their opponents. However, in games with fewer shots on goal, their record was 10-4.

New York’s leading scorer is Artemi Panarin. So far, he has 31 goals which is 7th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 37 assists so far.

New York defense takes on the Canadiens ranked 25th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 28.1 shots per game against New York. They also are 17th in shutouts, with 3 shutouts.

Goalie Igor Shesterkin comes into the game having made 34 starts this season. So far, his record is 21-12 and he has a save percentage of 0.865%.