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New York Rangers vs. Montreal Canadiens - 10/8/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Montreal Canadiens (1-1-0) at New York Rangers (0-2-0)

NHL Hockey: Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: New York Rangers / Montreal Canadiens --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: RDS, MSG+, NHL

The Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers meet Sunday in NHL action at Madison Square Garden.

The Montreal Canadiens look for a bounce back performance after getting waxed last night by the Washington Capitals. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging two goals per game and are scoring on zero percent of their power play opportunities. Brendan Gallagher leads Montreal with one goal, Shea Weber has one assist and Max Pacioretty has 11 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing four goals per game and are killing 80 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up six goals on 59 shots faced and Al Montoya has allowed two goals on nine shots. The Montreal Canadiens have allowed two or more goals in five straight regular season games.

New York Rangers vs. Montreal Canadiens - 10/8/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The New York Rangers also need a victory here to rebound from a quick 0-2 start to the season. The New York Rangers are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 33.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Mika Zibanejad leads New York with two goals, Mats Zuccarello has four assists and Pavel Buchnevich has five shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing six goals per game and are killing 80 percent of their opponents power plays. Henrik Lundqvist has given up eight goals on 42 shots faced and Ondrej Pavelec has allowed three goals on 24 shots. The New York Rangers haven’t started a regular season 0-3 since 2011-12.

The Canadiens are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. a team with a losing record, 12-4 in their last 16 road games and 2-5 in their last 7 vs. Metropolitan. The Rangers are 8-3 in their last 11 Sunday games, 12-5 in their last 17 games playing on 0 days rest and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The Canadiens are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in New York and the under is 17-6-7 in the last 30 meetings.

Neither one of these teams have been sharp on the defensive end, so the over may be worth a look. We're talking about two teams that gave up a combined 14 goals in their losses on Saturday. As for a side, I'm going to back the New York Rangers in this spot. They haven't started 0-3 in forever, and they've won the last three meetings against Montreal. Lundqvist has to snap out of this funk eventually, and I'd assume an early back-to-back is much tougher for the road team than it is for the team sleeping in its own bed. Give me the Rangers.

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