New York Rangers at Montreal Canadiens 4/12/2017 Free Game 1 NHL Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 4/11/2017
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
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The New York Rangers travel to Bell Centre to play the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 in Game 1 of their 1st round series. The opening line for this game has the Rangers at +121 and the Canadiens at -134.
New York comes into this matchup having played 82 games. They have an overall record of 48-28-6 and on the road they have a record of 27-12-2. Currently they are 4th in the Metropolitan Division. They've scored 256 goals and given up 220 goals for a point differential of +36. The Rangers have an overall record of 3-4-3 in their last 10 games. For the season they have an ATS record of 44-34 and an over/under record of 40-35-7. Montreal shows up with a record of 47-26-9 including 24-12-5 at home this season. They are 1st in the Atlantic Division. They've scored 226 goals and surrendered 200 for a goal differential of +26. The Canadiens have a record of 6-3-1 in their last 10 contests. Their record against the spread is 44-35 while their over/under record sits at 29-38-15.
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Valuable New York Rangers Betting Trends
The New York Rangers are 44-34 straight up
The New York Rangers are 40-35-7 against the over/under
Important Montreal Canadiens Betting Trends
The Montreal Canadiens are 44-35 straight up
The Montreal Canadiens are 29-38-15 against the over/under
Key New York Rangers Injuries
04/10/17 GO Antti Raanta Knee "?" Wednesday vs. Montreal
04/10/17 RW Jesper Fast Soreness "?" Wednesday vs. Montreal
Key Montreal Canadiens Injuries
04/10/17 D Alexei Emelin Lower Body is downgraded to expected to miss Wednesday vs. NY Rangers
04/10/17 D Shea Weber Lower Body is upgraded to probable Wednesday vs. NY Rangers
04/10/17 D Jordie Benn Upper Body is upgraded to probable Wednesday vs. NY Rangers
J.T. Miller has accumulated 56 total points this season for the Rangers. He has 22 goals this season with 132 shots on goal giving him a shooting percentage of 17%. He has a total of 34 assists on the season and averages 16.4 minutes played per game. Mats Zuccarello has averaged 18.8 minutes of ice time per game this year. In that time he has a shooting percentage of 8% by scoring 15 goals on 189 shots. He has 44 assists giving him a total of 59 points on the season. Henrik Lundqvist has 31 wins and 20 losses this season in net for the Rangers. He has had 1,650 shots against him and has given up 148 goals. He has made 1,502 saves for a save percentage of 91%.
Alexander Radulov has accumulated 54 total points this season for the Canadiens. He has 18 goals this season with 147 shots on goal giving him a shooting percentage of 12%. He has a total of 36 assists on the season and averages 18.3 minutes played per game. Max Pacioretty has averaged 19.2 minutes of ice time per game. In that time he has a shooting percentage of 13% by scoring 35 goals on 268 shots. He has 32 assists giving him a total of 67 points on the season. Carey Price has 37 wins and 20 losses this season in net for the Canadiens. He has had 1,794 shots against him and has given up 138 goals. He has made 1,656 saves for a save percentage of 92%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Rangers have 102 total points this season. They have scored 256 goals while giving up 220 goals. They have had 232 power play opportunities and have scored 47 goals on those chances for a percentage of 20%. The Rangers have allowed 224 power play opportunities and given up 45 goals on those chances for a penalty kill percentage of 80%. They average 30 shots per game and as a team are shooting 10.50% for the season to this point. They allow 30 shots to their opposition per contest and have a team save percentage of 91%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Canadiens have a total of 103 points on the season. They have 45 power play goals on 230 opportunities thus far for a percentage of 20%. They have allowed 249 power play opportunities and have given up 47 goals on those chances for a penalty kill percentage of 81%. As a team, the Rangers have a total of 226 goals scored while they've given up 200 goals to this point. They average 30 shots per contest and have a team shooting percentage of 9.19%. As a team they give up 30 shots per game and have a save percentage of 92%.
New York has a Corsi percentage of 49.1% as they've attempted 4,512 shots on net at full strength while they've given up 4,684 shots on net in the same situations. Their Fenwick percentage is at 50% as they have 3,438 attempts while they've given up 3,440 shots on the defensive end. The Rangers start possessions in the offensive zone 50.4% of the time while their defensive zone percentage is at 49.6% for the season. They have 2,353 face off wins compared to 2,511 losses, meaning their faceoff win percentage is 48.4%. On defense New York has 1,715 hits and they've blocked 1,244 shots from the opposition.
Montreal has attempted 4,721 shots at full strength and they've given up 4,484 attempts, meaning their Corsi percentage is at 51.3% for the season. In terms of Fenwick percentage, they currently are at 51.3% as they have 3,448 shots while they've given up 3,271 attempts on defense. The Canadiens have an offensive zone percentage of 48.7% and their defensive zone percentage is 51.3% so far this season. They have a faceoff win percentage of 50.3% as they've compiled 2,516 face off wins this season and they have suffered 2,483 face off losses. On defense Montreal has blocked 1,213 shot attempts and they have 1,864 hits as a unit.
Who will win tonight's Rangers/Canadiens NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Montreal -134
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