Rangers vs. Canadiens - 11/23/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Montreal Canadiens (16-5-1) at New York Rangers (8-7-4)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Rangers -124 / Montreal Canadiens +113 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: RDS, MSG, NHL
The Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers play Sunday night at Madison Square Garden.
The Montreal Canadiens have won eight of their last nine games and continue to play terrific defense. On the season, the Canadiens are allowing 2.5 goals per game and have given up one goal in their last two games. The Montreal Canadiens have won nine of their last 10 games when allowing three or less goals, and they haven’t allowed a power play goal in their last two games. Dustin Tokarski has allowed eight goals on 127 shots and Carey Price has given up 42 goals on 538 shots faced. Offensively, Max Pacioretty leads Montreal with 10 goals, Tomas Plekanec has nine assists and Brendan Gallagher has 64 shots on goal. The Montreal Canadiens have now won three straight road games and this is their fourth road game this month.
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The New York Rangers have lost three of their last five games and haven’t played since Wednesday. The Rangers defense continues to be suspect, as they’re allowing 2.8 goals per game and have given up 12 goals in their last four games. The New York Rangers have lost six of their last seven games when allowing three or more goals and they’ve allowed a power play goal in five of their last nine games. Henrik Lundqvist has allowed 40 goals on 445 shots and Cam Talbot has given up 12 goals on 131 shots faced. Offensively, Rick Nash leads New York with 13 goals, Derick Brassard has nine assists and Lee Stempniak has 43 shots on goal. The Rangers have lost three of their last four home games.
The Canadiens are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Metropolitan and 20-8 in their last 28 games playing on 0 days rest. The Rangers are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Atlantic and 30-13 in their last 43 Sunday games. The home team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
Due to the Buffalo game being postponed, the Rangers have had tons of time to rest up for this game. Meanwhile, the Canadiens are coming off a physical game against Boston on Saturday. Give me the Rangers for the victory at home.