Montreal Canadiens at New York Rangers 3/4/17 Free NHL Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 3/3/2017
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Madison Square Garden
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The Montreal Canadiens travel to Madison Square Garden to play the New York Rangers on Saturday, March 4, 2017. The opening line for this game has the Canadiens at +113 and the Rangers at -125. The over/under has been set at 5.
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Montreal comes into this matchup having played 65 games. They have an overall record of 35-21-8 and on the road they have a record of 16-12-4. Currently they are 1st in the Atlantic Division. They've scored 179 goals and given up 164 goals for a point differential of +15. The Canadiens have an overall record of 6-4-0 in their last 10 games. For the season they have an ATS record of 34-29 and an over/under record of 25-30-10. New York shows up with a record of 40-21-2 including 19-13-2 at home this season. They are 4th in the Metropolitan Division. They've scored 209 goals and surrendered 169 for a goal differential of +40. The Rangers have a record of 6-3-1 in their last 10 contests. Their record against the spread is 38-23 while their over/under record sits at 33-26-5.
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Max Pacioretty has accumulated 56 total points this season for the Canadiens. He has 31 goals this season with 212 shots on goal giving him a shooting percentage of 15%. He has a total of 25 assists on the season and averages 19.2 minutes played per game. Alexander Radulov has averaged 18.2 minutes of ice time per game this year. In that time he has a shooting percentage of 13% by scoring 15 goals on 117 shots. He has 31 assists giving him a total of 46 points on the season. Carey Price has 27 wins and 16 losses this season in net for the Canadiens. He has had 1,417 shots against him and has given up 113 goals. He has made 1,304 saves for a save percentage of 92%.
Mats Zuccarello has accumulated 44 total points this season for the Rangers. He has 12 goals this season with 165 shots on goal giving him a shooting percentage of 7%. He has a total of 32 assists on the season and averages 18.8 minutes played per game. J.T. Miller has averaged 16.4 minutes of ice time per game. In that time he has a shooting percentage of 17% by scoring 19 goals on 111 shots. He has 29 assists giving him a total of 48 points on the season. Henrik Lundqvist has 28 wins and 16 losses this season in net for the Rangers. He has had 1,353 shots against him and has given up 120 goals. He has made 1,233 saves for a save percentage of 91%.
The Canadiens have 78 total points this season. They have scored 177 goals while giving up 163 goals. They have had 192 power play opportunities and have scored 41 goals on those chances for a percentage of 21%. The Canadiens have allowed 219 power play opportunities and given up 43 goals on those chances for a penalty kill percentage of 80%. They average 29 shots per game and as a team are shooting 9.44% for the season to this point. They allow 30 shots to their opposition per contest and have a team save percentage of 92%.
The Rangers have a total of 82 points on the season. They have 34 power play goals on 184 opportunities thus far for a percentage of 18%. They have allowed 167 power play opportunities and have given up 32 goals on those chances for a penalty kill percentage of 81%. As a team, the Canadiens have a total of 207 goals scored while they've given up 168 goals to this point. They average 30 shots per contest and have a team shooting percentage of 10.97%. As a team they give up 30 shots per game and have a save percentage of 91%.
Montreal has a Corsi percentage of 51% as they've attempted 3,659 shots on net at full strength while they've given up 3,519 shots on net in the same situations. Their Fenwick percentage is at 50.7% as they have 2,646 attempts while they've given up 2,569 shots on the defensive end. The Canadiens start possessions in the offensive zone 49.2% of the time while their defensive zone percentage is at 50.8% for the season. They have 1,957 face off wins compared to 1,966 losses, meaning their faceoff win percentage is 49.9%. On defense has 1,388 hits and they've blocked 950 shots from the opposition.
New York has attempted 3,488 shots at full strength and they've given up 3,603 attempts, meaning their Corsi percentage is at 49.2% for the season. In terms of Fenwick percentage, they currently are at 50.2% as they have 2,643 shots while they've given up 2,620 attempts on defense. The Rangers have an offensive zone percentage of 49.5% and their defensive zone percentage is 50.5% so far this season. They have a faceoff win percentage of 48% as they've compiled 1,777 face off wins this season and they have suffered 1,925 face off losses. On defense has blocked 983 shot attempts and they have 1,309 hits as a unit.
Montreal Canadiens Betting Trends
The Montreal Canadiens are 34-29 straight up
The Montreal Canadiens are 25-30-10 against the over/under
New York Rangers Betting Trends
The New York Rangers are 38-23 straight up
The New York Rangers are 33-26-5 against the over/under
Montreal Canadiens Injuries
No key injuries to report
New York Rangers Injuries
03/02/17 D Kevin Klein Upper Body "?" Saturday vs Montreal
03/02/17 RW Michael Grabner Hip "?" Saturday vs Montreal
03/01/17 RW Jesper Fast Lower Body out indefinitely
02/28/17 D Dan Girardi Ankle out indefinitely
Josh's Pick: Take New York -125
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