New York Rangers vs. Boston Bruins - 2/16/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction

New York Rangers vs. Boston Bruins - 2/16/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction Photo by Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Bruins at New York Rangers

Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 3:30 PM (Madison Square Garden)

Boston Bruins at New York Rangers

TV: NBC

The Boston Bruins and New York Rangers meet Sunday in NHL action at Madison Square Garden.

The Boston Bruins look to stay hot after winning nine of their last 11 games. The Boston Bruins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 26.4 percent of their power play opportunities. David Pastrnak leads Boston with 41 goals, Brad Marchand has 48 assists and Patrice Bergeron has 170 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 84 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 68 goals on 971 shots faced and Jaroslav Halak has allowed 62 goals on 783 shots. The Boston Bruins have allowed two or less goals in eight of their last nine games.

The New York Rangers look for a win after winning seven of their last nine games. The New York Rangers are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 23.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Artemi Panarin leads New York with 29 goals, Pavel Buchnevich has 22 assists and Jacob Trouba has 142 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 78.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Henrik Lundqvist has given up 79 goals on 852 shots faced and Alexandar Georgiev has allowed 74 goals on 828 shots. The New York Rangers have allowed three or less goals in six straight games.

The Bruins are 8-1 in their last 9 games as a favorite, 17-8 in their last 25 games as a road favorite and 7-1 in their last 8 overall. The Rangers are 4-0 in their last 4 games as an underdog, 4-1 in their last 5 games as a home underdog and 4-0 in their last 4 overall. The under is 4-1 in Bruins last 5 overall. The under is 4-1 in Rangers last 5 overall. The Bruins are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in New York and 4-9 in the last 13 meetings. The favorite is 12-5 in the last 17 meetings.

The Boston Bruins are one of the hotter teams in the league right now and have won four of the last six meetings against the Rangers. The Bruins should be favored here. However, the New York Rangers have turned their season around quickly and the defense has drastically improved. I've been burned by the Rangers a few times this week and I'm wanting to hop on the bandwagon. Give me the Rangers and the plus money. 

Randy’s Pick New York Rangers +130

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