Boston Bruins (37-16-5) at New York Rangers (33-24-3)
|Date & Time||Sunday March 2, 2014, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: New York Rangers -110 / Boston Bruins +100 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Bruins and Rangers both look to respond after dropping their respective outings on Saturday when they meet up at Madison Square Garden.
The Bruins head into Sunday’s encounter with their Original Six rivals atop the Atlantic division but with their loss on Saturday and Montreal’s victory over Toronto the B’s lead has been trimmed to just four points. There is no doubt that the Bruins are the best team in the division but with the trade deadline approaching and teams showing they aren’t messing around when it comes to big names switching teams it’ll be interesting to see if Boston decides to add a piece to their roster. Boston is very solid defensively and Tuukka Rask has had a very good season between the pipes but the srentgh of their team to me is their offensive balance which ranks right near the top of the league in that regard. The Bruins however head into New York to take on a Rangers team who has been playing very well of late despite their loss yesterday.
The Blue Shirts had a very tough start to the season as their first 11 games were on the road which would be tough for anybody let alone a team dealing with a new head coach and franchise direction. New York has responded nicely through the second half of the year and have started to separate themselves for second spot in the Metro division which is littered with a bunch of teams who have underachieved. New York hasn’t played like a serious contender on home ice this season which usually separates good teams from the bad as indicated by the home records of the game’s best clubs but if they can get into the playoffs and notch some road victories they will certainly be sitting pretty. This is a very tight game to call as I think each team is due to rebound after a sloppy effort yesterday but getting the Bruins at this price isn’t something you are going to see too often. Take Boston.