Canadiens vs. Rangers - 3/26/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Rangers (42-24-8) at Montreal Canadiens (34-35-6)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Bell Centre)
The Line: Montreal Canadiens +140 / New York Rangers -167 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens square off Saturday night at the Bell Centre.
The New York Rangers look for consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The New York Rangers are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 18.8 percent of their power plays. Derick Brassard leads New York with 26 goals, Mats Zuccarello has 32 assists and J.T. Miller has 119 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 77.1 percent of their power play chances. Henrik Lundqvist has allowed 139 goals on 1,789 shots faced and Antti Raanta has given up 38 goals on 450 shots. Lundqvist has allowed eight goals in his last three games.
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The Montreal Canadiens could use a win after losing eight of their last 12 games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 16.6 percent of their power plays. Alex Galchenyuk leads Montreal with 27 goals, Max Pacioretty has 30 assists and Tomas Plekanec has 176 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 83.6 percent of their power play chances. Mike Condon has allowed 123 goals on 1,290 shots faced and Ben Scrivens has given up 42 goals on 443 shots. Condon has allowed 11 goals in his last three games.
The Rangers are 1-4 in their last 5 games following a win and 6-1 in their last 7 vs. Atlantic. The Canadiens are 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 27-13 in their last 40 vs. Metropolitan. The Rangers are 3-12 in the last 15 meetings in Montreal and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings overall.
The Rangers don't perform well in Montreal, and haven't had much recent success against the Canadiens overall. So, while the Rangers are in far better form than Montreal, you have to like the value of the plus money with the home team given the history between these two teams.