New York Rangers at Boston Bruins
|Date & Time||Wednesday March 27, 2019, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
Boston Bruins: -1 (-159) / New York Rangers: 1 (+128)
The New York Rangers and the Boston Bruins meet in NHL action from the TD Garden on Wednesday night.
The New York Rangers will look to bounce back after a 5-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in their last outing. Brendan Lemieux and Vinni Lettieri staked the Rangers a 2-0 lead late in the opening period, but Pittsburgh would cut the deficit back to one just :26 after Lettieri’s marker to give us a 2-1 game after 20 minutes of play. Pittsburgh took the game by the throat in the 2nd, scoring 3 unanswered goals to take a 4-2 lead and finished the job with a 5th goal for added insurance early in the 3rd, sending the Rangers to yet another defeat. Alexandar Georgiev took the loss, falling to 11-13-3 after allowing all 5 goals on 36 shots faced in the losing effort.
The Boston Bruins will be looking to rebound after letting one slip away, falling to Tampa Bay by a final score of 5-4 in their last time out. Tampa took the early 1-0 lead before Brad Marchand tied the game for Boston just 1:48 later. The Bolts re-took the lead later on, taking a 2-1 lead into the 2nd. Charlie Coyle tied the game for Boston before Brandon Carlo and the aforementioned Marchand scored :51 apart to take a 4-2 lead at the 2nd intermission. The wheels would fall off for Boston in the 3rd though, as Tampa scored 3 unanswered goals, including the game winner in the final minute of regulation to send Boston home empty-handed. Tuukka Rask took the loss, falling to 26-11-5 after allowing all 5 goals on 28 shots faced in the losing effort.
New York is 17-36 in their last 53 games overall and 18-44 in their last 62 road games while the under is 4-1-2 in their last 7 games against the Eastern Conference. Boston is 50-18 in their last 68 home games and 19-7 in their last 26 games overall while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 Wednesday games. New York is 9-1 in the last 10 meetings between these two teams and 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams in Boston.
The plus money with the Rangers is tempting considering how much success New York has enjoyed in this matchup, combined with the fact that it’s hard to rebound from such a heartbreaking loss like the one that Boston suffered in such a short timespan. However, New York is simply playing spoiler at this point and as a matter of fact, every win hurts their draft position as the Rangers are fighting for ping pong balls. Boston is still trying to lock up home ice in the first round of the playoffs and are in dire need of a win here, so I’ll side with Boston and to negate some of the heavy juice, I’ll lay a goal with Boston to start.