The New York Rangers and the Montreal Canadiens meet in NHL action from the Bell Centre on Thursday night. Let’s dive into the odds, injuries, matchup history and make a prediction for this game.
New York is a -275 road favorite while Montreal is a +210 home underdog. The total for this game is set at 6 goals.
For New York, Ryan Lindgren and Tyler Motte are both questionable for this game with upper body injuries while K-Andre Miller is eligible to return from his suspension. For Montreal, Kaiden Guhle and Justin Barron are both questionable for this game with an upper body injury while Sean Monahan is out indefinitely with a lower body injury. Brendan Gallagher and Joel Armia are also both out until mid-March.
Montreal’s 2-1 win back on January 15th, 2023, made it three straight wins and eight wins in the last nine meetings for the road team in this head-to-head matchup.
New York is 0-4 in their last 4 games against the Atlantic division and 1-4 in their last 5 road games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 Thursday games. Montreal is 20-42 in their last 62 games against a team with a winning record and 49-102 in their last 151 games overall while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 games against the Metropolitan division.
I’m backing Montreal +1.5 here. I’m not laying this juice or chasing a puck line with the Rangers in their current form, even if they are the far better team in this matchup. Montreal’s done a great job of keeping things fairly close as of late and I just see this game being closer than a lot of folks would think. I’ll side with Montreal +1.5 here.