New York Rangers vs Montreal Canadiens NHL Game Picks 11/23/2019
Game: New York Rangers vs Montreal Canadiens
Date: Saturday, November 23, 2019
Location: Bell Centre in Montreal, QC
Odds/Point Spread: Rangers (+169) Canadiens (-188)
Bell Centre is the site where Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens (11-6-5, 3rd in the Atlantic Division) will play the New York Rangers (9-8-2, 7th in the Metropolitan Division) on Saturday. The Rangers open this contest at +169 while the Canadiens are priced at -188. The over/under has been set at 6.5. The Rangers are covering 47.4% of the time, having gone 9-10 SU. Montreal is covering 45.0% of the time, going 9-11 straight up.
The New York Rangers head into this game holding a record of 9 wins and 8 defeats, which is good for 7th in the Metropolitan Division. During the year thus far, they have converted a total of 64 goals which puts them at 11th in the conference and 20th in the league. Their goal differential is -2, which is good for 19th in the league. The Rangers currently have a total of 20 pts, which puts them at 27th in the league and 14th in the East. Regarding shots toward the net, they currently have a total of 558 which puts them at 16th in the conference and 31st in the league. As a unit, New York has obtained a total of 305 hits which means they are averaging 16.1 per contest. They currently have a total of 233 blocks for the year. The man protecting the goal for New York is Henrik Lundqvist from Fussen, West Germany. He is 37 years old and has totaled 670 minutes protecting the goal for the season. Lundqvist is surrendering an average of 3.31 goals per contest which has him placed 21st among East goalies and 40th in the NHL among goalies. For the season, he's given up 37 goals. He's earned a save % of .910 which has him placed 9th among East goalies.
The New York Rangers were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 4 - 1 win over the Washington Capitals the last time they stepped on the ice. The Rangers had a impressive offensive performance in this victory. In this matchup, they netted 4 of the 31 shots they put on goal. In addition, they had 3 power play chances and scored 2 goals out of those chances. New York racked up 11 penalty mins for this game. The Corsi for the Rangers was 32 and the Corsi against was 43 which earned them a Corsi percentage of 42.7%. Their Fenwick was 27 and the Fenwick against was 33, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 45.0%. They earned 18 face-off wins and were beaten on 19 of all total face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 48.3% and they had a PDO at even strength of 109.1 for this game. Concerning opponent stats, the Washington Capitals racked up 31 shots. They had a total of 11 minutes in the box and they notched 3 power play chances.
The Canadiens will be the team on the other side of the ice and for the season they sit with 11 wins and 6 defeats. When it comes to goal differential, they are currently sitting 6th in the Eastern Conference and 12th in the NHL with +5. They have earned a total of 73 goals for the season which has them ranked at 6th in the Eastern Conference. Montreal has a team save percentage of .904 which has them sitting 16th in the NHL, meaning there should be some chances to score. They have a shooting percentage of 9.8% which puts them at 8th in the conference. In net for Montreal is Carey Price who is having an average year by allowing 2.71 GAA and that has him ranked 8th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 17th in the NHL. In the 1,085 mins he has been on the ice this season, he has given up 49 goals. His save % is .912, which has him sitting 6th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 18th in the NHL.
The Montreal Canadiens squared up with the Ottawa Senators in a matchup where the Canadiens took the defeat by a final of 2 - 1. In this game, Montreal earned a 60.8% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 62 and their opponent having a Corsi of 40. Their Fenwick percentage was 60.0% by way of having a Fenwick of 45 and the Senators ending the game with a 30 Fenwick. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Montreal played and it tells us that they didn't have their best game. Their PDO was 90.5 and their oZS percentage was 59.4%. The Canadiens scored 1 goal out of the 36 shots on goal they pursued. They had 1 power play attempt in this one and were able to convert 1 on that chance. Concerning their opponent, the Senators had 3 power play chances but didn't tally a goal. Montreal conceded 24 shots on goal and the Senators earned a total of 2 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Montreal (-188)
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