Bruins vs Rangers: Expert NHL Picks and Predictions 03/04/23

Bruins vs Rangers: Expert NHL Picks and Predictions 03/04/23

 

Odds

Time 1:00 p.m. EST
Rangers money line +151
Rangers spread +1.5 (-176)
Bruins  money line -167
Bruins spread -1.5 (+156)
Over / under 6

 

2021-2022 season stats

  New York Rangers Boston Bruins
Record 35-189 48-8-5
Road / home record 18-7-5 25-2-3
Streak L1 W9
Goals per game 3.29 3.72
Goals allowed per game 2.79 2.07
Shots per game 31.3 34.7
Shots allowed per game 31.2 30.2
PP % 25.6% 29.10%
PK % 25.22% 20.80%
Over / under record 29-32-1 26-32-3
 

Preview

The Boston Bruins will look to extend their impressive nine-game winning streak as they host the New York Rangers on Saturday afternoon. The Bruins have been in excellent form, winning 25 out of their 30 home games this season, and have firmly established themselves as the top team in the Atlantic Division. Meanwhile, the Rangers will be hoping to bounce back from a defeat to the Flyers in their last outing and improve their position in the Metropolitan Division.

 

New York Rangers

The Rangers have had a strong season so far, currently sitting in third place in the Metropolitan Division with a record of 35-18-9. They have been particularly impressive on the road, winning 18 out of their 30 away games this season.

The Rangers have been propelled by their strong offense, which has been scoring an average of 3.5 goals per game. Leading the way are top forwards Artemi Panarin, Mika Zibanejad, and Vincent Trocheck, who have combined for an impressive 62 goals and 97 assists so far this season. But the rest of the team has also been contributing, with Chris Kreider, Filip Chytil, and Kaapo Kakko adding 52 goals and 46 assists between them. Even the defensemen have been getting in on the act, with Adam Fox and K'Andre Miller chipping in with 16 goals and 65 assists from the point.

The Rangers' defense has also been instrumental in their success, allowing an average of just 2.65 goals per game. Fox and Ryan Lindgren have been a formidable pairing, combining for 8.5 defensive point shares and 159 blocked shots. Meanwhile, K'Andre Miller, Braden Schneider, and Jacob Trouba have provided valuable depth to the unit, with a combined 7.8 defensive point shares. In goal, Igor Shesterkin has been outstanding, with a .915 save percentage and a 2.52 goals-against average on 1164 shots faced, saving the team 10.6 goals above average.

With such a well-rounded team, the Rangers are a force to be reckoned with in the league. They will be looking to extend their winning streak and continue their climb up the standings in their upcoming games. The offense will be counting on their star players to keep delivering, while the defense and goaltending will aim to keep the opposition at bay. If they can maintain their form, the Rangers could be a team to watch in the postseason.

INJURIES: No injuries listed.

 

Boston Bruins

The Bruins have been in sensational form recently, winning their last nine games, and have looked almost unstoppable on home ice this season. They currently sit at the top of the Atlantic Division with a record of 47-8-5 and have been led by the outstanding performances of David Pastrnak, who has scored an impressive 42 goals and 37 assists this season.

One of the main reasons for the Bruins' success this season has been their strong defensive play. Led by goalie Linus Ullmark, the Bruins have allowed an average of only 2.10 goals per game, which is the best in the league. Ullmark has been one of the best goalies in the NHL this season, with an outstanding record of 31-4-1, a goals-against average of 1.88, and a save percentage of .938. He has been a rock in net for the Bruins and has played a crucial role in the team's success.

Offensively, the Bruins have been led by David Pastrnak, who has been one of the best players in the league this season. Pastrnak has been on fire, with 42 goals and 38 assists for a total of 80 points. He has been a consistent performer for the Bruins and has been a key contributor to their success this season. Along with Pastrnak, the Bruins have a deep and talented offensive lineup, with players like Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, and Charlie McAvoy who can all make a significant impact on the game.

In addition to their strong defense and offense, the Bruins have also been dominant at home this season, with a record of 24-2-3 at TD Garden. They have been able to use their home ice advantage to their advantage and have secured comfortable victories in front of their home fans.

Overall, the Boston Bruins have been one of the best teams in the NHL this season, with their strong defense, goaltending, and offense. They will be looking to continue their dominance when they face off against the Rangers on March 2.

INJURIES: Jake DeBrusk is questionable for this game.

 

BETTING TRENDS

The total has gone OVER in 9 of NY Rangers' last 13 games.

NY Rangers are 2-5 SU in their last 7 games.

NY Rangers are 5-12 SU in their last 17 games against Boston.

The total has gone UNDER in 8 of NY Rangers' last 11 games when playing on the road against Boston.

NY Rangers are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games against an opponent in the Eastern Conference conference.

Boston are 9-0 SU in their last 9 games.

The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Boston's last 15 games against NY Rangers.

Boston are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games at home.

The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Boston's last 11 games when playing at home against NY Rangers.

 

Prediction

The Boston Bruins have been in incredible form recently, and they will be confident of extending their winning streak against the Rangers. The Bruins' defense has been outstanding this season, and they should be able to contain the Rangers' offense, particularly with Lindgren out of the lineup. On the other hand, the New York Rangers have had a solid season so far, sitting in third place in the Metropolitan Division with a record of 35-18-9. They have been a strong road team, posting an impressive 18-7-5 record away from home. The Rangers have a solid offensive unit, scoring an average of 3.11 goals per game, good for 10th in the league. They are led by star forward Artemi Panarin, who has put up 68 points in 50 games this season. Defenseman Adam Fox has been a key contributor as well, with 57 points on the year. In goal, Igor Shesterkin has been solid, posting a .923 save percentage and a 2.41 goals against average.

Despite their solid play this season, the Rangers will have a tough task in trying to slow down the Bruins' high-powered offense. They will need strong performances from their defense and goaltending if they hope to come away with a win on Saturday. In their last 10 games, the Rangers have struggled defensively, giving up an average of 3.5 goals per game. They will need to tighten up defensively if they hope to keep up with the Bruins.

The Boston Bruins are simply too strong at home and too hot right now to pick against them. With a nine-game winning streak and a record of 25-2-3 at home this season, they will be a tough team for the Rangers to handle. The Bruins' high-powered offense, led by David Pastrnak, Brad Marchand, and Patrice Bergeron, will likely prove to be too much for the Rangers to handle. The Rangers have struggled defensively of late, and the Bruins will look to take advantage of that.

 

PICK: Bruins ML (-170) 

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