Boston Bruins (32-11-8) at New York Rangers (25-23-5)
|Date & Time||Wednesday February 7, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: New York Rangers +122 / Boston Bruins -135 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Boston Bruins and New York Rangers meet Wednesday in NHL action at Madison Square Garden.
The Boston Bruins look to keep the puck rolling after winning 10 of their last 13 games. The Boston Bruins are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 22.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrice Bergeron leads Boston with 22 goals, Brad Marchand has 29 assists and David Pastrnak has 139 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 83.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 70 goals on 933 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has allowed 40 goals on 523 shots. The Boston Bruins have allowed three or less goals in each of their last 11 games.
The New York Rangers are getting desperate for a win after losing six of their last seven games. The New York Rangers are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 20.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Michael Grabner leads New York with 21 goals, Mats Zuccarello has 30 assists and JT Miller has 79 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing three goals per game and are killing 81.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Henrik Lundqvist has given up 113 goals on 1,397 shots faced and Ondrej Pavelec has allowed 34 goals on 386 shots. The New York Rangers have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last eight games.
The Bruins are 5-0 in their last 5 Wednesday games, 7-17 in their last 24 games playing on 0 days rest and 25-8 in their last 33 overall. The Rangers are 15-6 in their last 21 home games, 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-6 in their last 7 overall. The Bruins are 7-20 in the last 27 meetings in New York, 0-7 in the last 7 meetings and the home team is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings.
The Boston Bruins haven't had much success playing on the end of a back to back this season, but that's about the only reason not to pick them here. These are two teams heading in different directions right now, as the Bruins have been one of the hottest teams in the league this month and the Rangers can't get out of their own way, giving up goal after goal. Considering we don't have to lay a big number, I'll take the Bruins as more of a fade from the Rangers.