New York Rangers (3-6-2) at Montreal Canadiens (2-7-1)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 28, 2017, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -135 / New York Rangers +122 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The New York Rangers invade the Bell Centre for a Friday night NHL matchup with the Montreal Canadiens.
The New York Rangers are desperate for a winning streak to rebound from an ultra slow start. New York has won two of three after downing the visiting Arizona Coyotes 5-2 on Thursday night.
The Rangers played one of their more complete games with Pavel Buchnevich and Michael Grabner pacing the offense with a pair of goals each while Chris Kreider also lit the lamp. The scoring burst was more then enough support for Ondrej Pavelec making 27 stops to lift New York to win number three.
Arizona received goals from Clayton Keller and Anthony Duclair which wasn’t enough for net minder Adin Hill who was charged with four goals on 29 shots. The Coyotes fell to 0-9-1 to remain the only team without a win.
The Montreal Canadiens have yet to find the spark that would reverse their fortunes in a surprisingly slow start to 2017-18. Montreal’s slow start continued as an opportunity at back to back wins went by the wayside in a 4-0 defeat at the hands of the visiting Los Angeles Kings on Thursday.
Los Angeles scored twice in the last 61 seconds of the first period on goals off the sticks of Adrian Kempe and Tyler Toffoli. Anze Kopitar made it 3-0 in the second and Kurtis McDermid added a third period tally to end the Kings scoring.
Jonathan Quick was outstanding in stopping 40 shots in improving to 6-1-1 while Carey Price absorbed the loss with all four goals given up on 28 shots to drop his record to 2-6-1
Rangers are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference and Rangers are 0-5 in their last 5 road games and over is 6-1 in Rangers last 7 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400. Canadiens are 0-7 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and Canadiens are 8-0 in their last 8 games following a home loss of 3 or more goals and Canadiens are 0-5 in their last 5 vs. Metropolitan. Rangers are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings and over is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings in Montreal and under is 18-6-7 in the last 31 meetings.
I really don’t have a ton of confidence in either squad and a quick look at the respective records says why but for a pick I’ll go with the Rangers…