The New York Rangers (20-7-1) travel to face off against the Boston Bruins (19-6-4) on Saturday, December 16th. This game will be played at TD Garden in Boston. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Puck drop is set for 7:00 ET.
New York Rangers vs Boston Bruins
The New York Rangers Are Coming Off A Win
In their 28 games, the Rangers have a 20-7-1 record this season. While playing at their home arena, they have a 10-3-0 record, and their record on the road is 10-4-1. They are currently positioned 1st in the Eastern Metropolitan division and 2nd in the Eastern conference. New York’s average scoring margin for the season is +.5, resulting in an overall puck line record of 13-15. When playing at home their scoring margin is +.7, whereas in away games, they are at +.4.
In their most recent game, the Rangers hosted the Ducks and secured a 5-1 victory. Offensively, the Rangers’ offense scored in each period against the Ducks. Of New York’s five goals, two came while in power play. They ended the game with 39 shots on goal and had 12 giveaways.
New York secured a win against the puck line, entering the game as the favorites with a -1.5 goal advantage. The game ended with 6 goals, resulting in a push on the over/under line.
The Boston Bruins Are Coming Off A Win
As they head into their game vs. the Rangers, the Bruins have a 19-6-4 record thus far. While playing at home, their record stands at 10-2-1, and they have 9-3-3 mark on the road. This record has them sitting 1st in the Eastern Atlantic division and 1st in the Eastern conference. Boston’s average scoring margin this season is +.8, leading to an overall puck line record of 16-12. At their home arena, they have a scoring margin of +1.2, while on the road, it is +.5.
Facing the Islanders in their last game, the Bruins won by a score of 5-4. During the first period, the Bruins started slow, but they turned things around by scoring two times in the second period and two goals in the third. Boston’s three power-play goals contributed to their total of 5 goals. Their offensive performance came with 34 shots on goal and five giveaways.
Despite the straight-up win, Boston did not cover the puck line, as they were favored by -1.5. With a combined total of 9 goals, the teams exceeded the over/under line of 5.5 goals set for the game.
New York Offense Breakdown
For their offensive performance, the Rangers come in averaging 3.3 goals per game this season, which is 13th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 23rd in the league. The New York offense is ranked 6th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they find themselves at 22nd in the NHL.
This season, the Rangers’ have an over/under record of 12-14-2. Throughout the season, they have played 13 games that did not exceed the 6 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6.2 goals per game.
Boston Offense Breakdown
The Bruins come into the game scoring an average of 3.2 goals per game, putting them 15th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 15th in the league. This year, the Bruins have recorded a 9-0 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. For games with fewer shots on goal, they have 10-4 record.
The Bruins come in with an over/under record of 13-15-0. Over the course of the season, they have had 15 games failing to surpass the 6 goal over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is at 5.9 per game.
New York Team Defense
Defensively, the Rangers come into the season ranked 22nd in goals allowed. Opponents are averging 29.7 shots per game against New York. For the season, they are ranked 12th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.
Boston Team Defense
The Bruins defense is currently 11th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 32.1 shots per game against Boston. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 8th with 2 shutouts.
Rangers vs Bruins Trends
- In their last three games away from home, the Rangers have a straight up record of 1-2 while going 0-3 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 2 goals per game in these contests.
- Through their last three home games, Boston has an puck line record of just 1-2. However, their overall record was 2-1 while averaging 3 goals per game.
- The Bruins have played well in their last five games as the betting underdog, going 4-1 straight up and 5-0 against the spread.
- The last five games that New York was favored, they have an puck line mark of 2-3 while going 2-3 straight up.
For a moneyline bet, I’m backing the Bruins to secure a victory over the Rangers at home. With the moneyline currently set at -125, I’m locking in my bet on the Bruins straight-up.
If you’re looking for my recommendation on the puck line, I suggest taking the Rangers to cover. Even if the Bruins manage to win outright, this game is expected to remain competitive, and the Rangers should cover the puck line.
For those looking at the over/under line set at 6 goals, our expectation is that this game will surpass that mark, and we suggest making a bet on the over.
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