Montreal Canadiens (30-13-3) at New York Rangers (27-14-4)
|Date & Time||Thursday January 29, 2015, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Canadiens +123 / Rangers -136
RDS, MSG, NBCSN
The Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers meet Thursday at Madison Square Garden.
The Montreal Canadiens have won four of their last five games and play their fifth road game of the month. The Canadiens are averaging 2.6 goals per game and have scored 11 goals in their last three games. The Montreal Canadiens have scored five power play goals in their last three games and have won 11 straight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Max Pacioretty leads Montreal with 21 goals, P.K. Subban has 21 assists and Tomas Plekanec has 134 shots on goal. Defensively, the Canadiens are allowing 2.3 goals per game and have given up a power play goal in five of their last seven games. Carey Price has given up 79 goals on 1,120 shots and Dustin Tokarski has allowed 24 goals on 289 shots.
The New York Rangers have won eight of their last 11 and play their fourth home game of the month. The Rangers are averaging three goals per game and have scored nine goals in their last three games. The New York Rangers have two power play goals in their last seven games and have won 13 straight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Rick Nash leads New York with 28 goals, Martin St. Louis has 22 assists and Derick Brassard has 81 shots on goal. Defensively, the Rangers are allowing 2.4 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last 10 games. Cam Talbot has allowed 21 goals on 284 shots faced and Henrik Lundqvist has given up 82 goals on 1,025 shots.
The Canadiens are 38-17 in their last 55 vs. Eastern Conference and 6-1 in their last 7 road games. The Rangers are 6-1 in their last 7 home games and 20-7 in their last 27 overall. The home team is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.
The New York Rangers have all of a sudden become a home team that's won six of their last seven. Although Montreal has also been good on the road as of late, I have to back New York on its home ice for the cheap chalk.