Boston Bruins vs. New York Rangers Pick-Odds-Prediction 11/29/13
New York Rangers (13-12-0) at Boston Bruins (16-7-2)
NHL Hockey: Friday, November 29, 2013 at 1:00 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Bruins -147 / New York Rangers +134 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
It wasn't the prettiest win for the New York Rangers on Wednesday night but the two points is all that matters. New York was sloppy out of the gate against the Florida Panthers, dominated in shots, and allowing way too many odd man rushes. An early power play goal by Derick Brassard off a beautiful feed from Mats Zuccarello was the lone bright spot for New York but Henrik Lundqvist kept them in this one all night long. A late second period goal from Brad Richards was enough to put the Rangers over the top despite having to sweat it for a little while in the third. Rick Nash, Carl Hagelin, and Zuccarello all added goals in the third period as the Rangers improved to 3-1 thus far on their five game road trip. A victory on Friday afternoon against the Boston Bruins would be the icing on the cake to this trip, but it won't come easy for a New York club that struggles against the more physical Bruins. These two teams always seem to play close, low scoring hockey games no matter where the venue is. Boston defeated the Rangers 2-1 earlier this season at Madison Square Garden in a game that was stolen by Tuukka Rask. Lundvist should be in goal on Friday according to head coach Alain Vigneault.
The Boston Bruins currently lead the Atlantic Division with a 16-7-2 record but they're coming off arguably their worst perfomance of the season on Wednesday night. Boston allowed three third period goals in a four minute span after they already trailed 1-0 and that put the game out of reach. Rask had his worst game of the season in this one as he allowed all six goals on just 28 shots in the 6-1 loss. Jarome Iginla scored the only goal of the game for the Bruins late in the third to break up the shutout. This wasn't a normal outing for the Bruins or for Rask but the disconcerting part is that they only mustered 17 shots on goal. A poor perfomance isn't the end of the world but Boston needs to come out strong on Friday afternoon in front of the home crowd to make sure that this isn't the start of a poor stretch of hockey. The Bruins always play the Rangers well and got the best of them early in the season but this is another game that should be tight for 60 minutes. If the Bruins come out hard and the Rangers turn the puck over like they have been of late the Bruins should be able to take this one.
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