Montreal Canadiens vs. New York Rangers - 2/27/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Montreal Canadiens vs. New York Rangers - 2/27/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers (34-24-4) at Montreal Canadiens (29-27-9)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Bell Centre)

The Line: Montreal Canadiens -125 / New York Rangers +113 --- Over/Under: 6

TV: TSN2, MSG2

The New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens meet Thursday in NHL action at the Centre Bell.

The New York Rangers look to stay hot after winning 10 of their last 13 games. The New York Rangers are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 22.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Artemi Panarin leads New York with 32 goals, Pavel Buchnevich has 23 assists and Jacob Trouba has 151 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing three goals per game and are killing 79.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Henrik Lundqvist has given up 79 goals on 852 shots faced and Alexandar Georgiev has allowed 79 goals on 906 shots. The New York Rangers have allowed three or less goals in 11 straight games.

The Montreal Canadiens need a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 19.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Tomas Tatar leads Montreal with 21 goals, Max Domi has 27 assists and Brendan Gallagher has 210 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing three goals per game and are killing 78.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 142 goals on 1,606 shots faced and Keith Kinkaid has allowed 24 goals on 192 shots. The Montreal Canadiens have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 12 games.

The Rangers are 7-0 in their last 7 games as a road underdog, 8-0 in their last 8 road games and 5-1 in their last 6 Thursday games. The Canadiens are 4-0 in their last 4 Thursday games, 7-3 in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest and 7-18 in their last 25 home games. The over is 4-1 in Rangers last 5 road games. The over is 4-1 in Canadiens last 5 overall. The Rangers are 7-17 in the last 24 meetings in Montreal and 2-5 in the last 7 meetings. The favorite is 8-1 in the last 9 meetings.

The Montreal Canadiens have won five of the last seven meetings against the Rangers, but they're not playing great hockey heading into this matchup. We've been on the New York Rangers bandwagon for most of this stretch and continue to cash with them in the underdog role. The Rangers are the most profitable team in the sport at the moment and there's no reason to stop backing them with all of these tickets cashing. Give me the Rangers and the plus money... Again.

Randy’s Pick New York Rangers +113

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.