Montreal Canadiens (36-21-8) at New York Rangers (41-21-2)
|Date & Time||Saturday March 4, 2017, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: New York Rangers -125 / Montreal Canadiens +113 --- Over/Under: 5
The Montreal Canadiens visit the New York Rangers for a Saturday night NHL hockey tilt.
The Montreal Canadiens looked like the best team in the game early in the season and then looked mediocre for over a month which prompted the club to hire Claude Julien to provide a spark. The Habs seemed to beheading in the right direction and are now 5-2 under Julien following a 2-1 victory versus visiting Nashville on Thursday. The Predators offense came from Ryan Ellis with Pekka Rinne posting 24 stops in taking a tough loss. The struggling Canadiens offense was shutout for two periods before coming to life in the third on goals from Brendan Gallagher and Paul Byron. Carey Price kept the Habs in the game before getting some late support and finishing with 24 stops to get the win.
The Boston Bruins had struggled against the New York Rangers this season but had plenty of confidence playing in front of the TD Garden crowd and doing well as of late. So much for momentum as the Rangers came to town and skated away with a 2-1 victory on Thursday night. The Bruins lost all three games against New York this year and five in a row altogether as their high powered offense was held in check with Brad Marchand scoring the lone goal while Tuukka Rask absorbed the loss on 19 stops. Birthday boy Henrik Lunqvist was in top form with a 32 save performance while the offense received goals from Pavel Buchnevich and Oscar Lindbeerg to lift New York to 25-12-2 with their 11th road win 13 contests.
The Canadiens are 4-0 in their last 4 overall and the under is 5-0 in Canadiens last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record while the under is 4-0 in Canadiens last 4 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game. The under is 5-0 in Rangers last 5 vs. Atlantic and the Rangers are 9-1 in their last 10 Saturday games while the Rangers are 6-1 in their last 7 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game. The under is 5-1-4 in the last 10 meetings in New York and the Canadiens are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings while the under is 13-5-5 in the last 23 meetings.
For some reason, the Canadiens have been very tough in this match up and defense has ruled so my lean until I see goalies is under...