New York Rangers (4-3-0) at Montreal Canadiens (6-1-0)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 25, 2014, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -135 / New York Rangers +123 --- Over/Under: 5
The New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens play Saturday night at the Bell Centre.
The New York Rangers have won three straight and haven’t played since Tuesday. The difference during this stretch than the beginning of the season has been a more considetent Henrik Lundqvist, as he’s allowed just four goals in his last three starts. Overall, Lundqvist has allowed 18 goals in 170 shots faced, and the Rangers have won six straight when he’s allowed three or less goals. Offensively, the Rangers are 12th in the league with an average of 2.9 goals scored per game. Rick Nash leads the way with eight goals, Martin St. Louis has five assists and Ryan McDonagh has 17 shots on goal. The one thing the New York Rangers could improve is their power play, as they have just two power play goals all season, both which came in their last matchup.
The Montreal Canadiens have also had a few days off and are off to a blistering 6-1 start. The Canadiens are getting a nice balance of offense and defense during this stretch. Defensively, the Canadiens haven’t allowed a power play goal in their last two games, while Dustin Tokarski has allowed four goals on 48 shots and Carey Price has allowed 17 goals on 173 shots faced. The Montreal Canadiens have won six straight games when allowing three or less goals. Offensively, Tomas Plekanec has four goals, Alexei Emelin has five assists and P.K. Subban has 21 shots on goal. The Montreal Canadiens are 12th in the league with an average of 2.9 goals per game. However, like the Rangers, the Candiens need to improve a power play that’s gone empty of five of their seven games.
The Rangers are 2-5 in their last 7 road games and 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 3 or more days rest. The Canadiens are 4-0 in their last 4 home games and 4-1 in their last 5 games following a win. The Rangers are 3-10 in the last 13 meetings in Montreal.
It's hard to bet against the Montreal Canadiens with the way they've been playing out of the gate. It's even tougher knowing Montreal will be up for this game considering it was the Rangers who eliminated them in the playoffs last season. I'll side with the home team in a revenge spot.