Boston Bruins vs New York Rangers Predictions, Hockey Picks 2/16/2020
Game: Boston Bruins vs New York Rangers
Date: Sunday, February 16, 2020
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Bruins (-146) Rangers (+132)
Tuukka Rask and the Boston Bruins (35-11-12, 1st in the Atlantic Division) travel to Madison Square Garden on Sunday where they'll meet the New York Rangers (30-23-4, 7th in the Metropolitan Division). The odds on this matchup have the Bruins coming in at -146 and the Rangers are at +132. The O/U opens at 6. The Bruins are covering 60.3% of the time, having gone 35-23 SU. The Rangers are covering 51.8% of the time, going 29-27 straight up.
The Boston Bruins head into this game holding a record of 35 victories and 11 defeats, which puts them at 1st in the Atlantic Division. So far this year, they have scored a total of 192 goals which ranks 5th in the conference and 6th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +55, which puts them at 1st in the NHL. The Bruins have compiled a total of 82 points, which ranks 1st in the NHL and 1st in the East. In terms of shots at the opposing goalie, they have compiled a total of 1,862 which ranks 6th in the East and 11th in the NHL. As a group, Boston currently has a total of 1,297 hits which has them averaging 22.4 per contest. They have compiled a total of 610 blocks for the year. Protecting the goal for Boston is Tuukka Rask from Caledonia, Ontario. He is 32 years old and has played 1,935 mins in net for the year. Rask is conceding an average of 2.11 GAA which has him ranked 1st among East goalies and 1st among goaltenders in the NHL. Over the course of this season, he has allowed 68 goals. He has a save % of .930 which has him ranked 2nd among East goalies.
The Boston Bruins were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 4 - 1 win over the Montreal Canadiens in their last contest. The Bruins had a good offensive performance and it was apparent in this victory. For this game, they scored on 4 out of the 38 shots they looked to score on. Moreover, they had 3 power play chances and netted 1 goal out of those tries. Boston earned 12 penalty minutes for this outing. The Corsi for the Bruins was 42 and the Corsi against was 47 which gave them a Corsi percentage of 47.2%. Their Fenwick sat at 37 and the Fenwick against sat at 34, which gave them a rate of 52.1%. They took 18 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 26 tries to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 60.9% and they had a PDO at even strength of 105.5 for this matchup. When it comes to their opponent, the Montreal Canadiens racked up a total of 29 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 12 minutes in the box and they tallied 3 power play opportunities.
The Rangers will be on the other side of the ice and for the current year they have 30 victories and 23 defeats. When discussing goal differential, they are sitting 8th in the conference and 11th in the NHL with +11. They have a total of 187 goals for the season which ranks 6th in the conference. New York has a team save % of .909 which is good for 11th in the NHL, which means scoring chances could present themselves. They have a team shooting percentage of 10.6% which is good for 4th in the Eastern Conference. In goal for New York is Henrik Lundqvist who is having a bad season by surrendering 3.12 goals per game and that has him ranked 24th among East goalies and 53rd in the NHL among goalies. In the 1,522 mins he has been on the ice, he's allowed 79 goals. He holds a save % of .907, which has him ranked 22nd among East goalies and 44th in the NHL among goalies.
The New York Rangers played the Columbus Blue Jackets in a game where the Rangers took home the victory by a final of 3 - 1. In this game, New York went home with a 45.0% Corsi rating. They earned that percentage by having a Corsi of 45 and the other team having a Corsi of 55. Their Fenwick rate was 42.3% by earning a Fenwick of 33 and the Blue Jackets earning a 45 Fenwick. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that New York played and you could say that they played like a middle of the road team. They had a PDO at even strength of 108.8 and they earned an oZS percentage of 47.1%. The Rangers converted 3 goals out of the 28 shots on goal they pursued. They had 3 power play opportunities in this one but weren't able to put one in the back of the net. As for their opponent, the Blue Jackets had 2 power play opportunities but were not able to take advantage. New York allowed 37 shots on goal and the Blue Jackets racked up a total of 6 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Boston (-146)
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