Boston Bruins vs New York Rangers Prediction, 2/28/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Boston Bruins vs New York Rangers
Date: Sunday, February 28, 2021
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Bruins (-163) Rangers (+147)
Igor Shesterkin and the New York Rangers (7-8-3) play the Boston Bruins (11-5-2) at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. The Bruins open this game at -163 while the Rangers are coming in at +147. The O/U has been set at 5.5.
The Bruins will need a bounce back game after taking a 6-2 loss against the Rangers in their previous game. The Corsi for the Bruins sat at 48 and the Corsi against was at 52 meaning they had a Corsi rate of 48.0%. The offensive zone starts for them sat at 48.3% and they had a PDO of 89.6 in this one. Boston tallied 8 minutes in the box in this game. The Bruins left a lot to be desired in terms of their offense in the loss. Their Fenwick was 37 and the Fenwick Against sat at 43, meaning they had a Fenwick rate of 46.3%. They totaled 24 face-off victories at even strength and lost on 27 attempts to control the puck. Furthermore, they had 3 attempts on the power play but didn't get a goal. While out there on the ice, they tallied a score on 2 out of the 33 shots they looked to score on.
The Bruins have had 472 shots taken against them and have a save percentage of .896. While at even strength, the Bruins have conceded 41 goals while getting 38 of their own. Boston Bruins opponents have totaled 63 power play tries (15th in hockey) and have notched 8 goals in those attempts. For the season, they sit with 24 points and their points percentage is sitting at .667. Boston has taken 574 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 9.2%. With regard to their goal scoring prowess, the Boston Bruins have accumulated 53 goals (16th in hockey) this season and have surrendered 49. Boston is sitting with 55 power play opportunities and they have notched 15 goals out of those attempts, giving them a percentage of 27.27%.
Patrolling the crease for the game will be Jaroslav Halak. Halak has taken the ice for 527 games during his hockey career. He has earned a win-loss record of 276-169-59 and he has started in 491 games. The opposition has scored 1,256 goals against Halak in his pro hockey career and his average for goals against per game is 2.48. Halak has seen 15,007 shots against him and has recorded 13,751 saves. His save percentage is at .916 during his 30,384 mins on the ice. Over the course of his time in hockey, Halak has 278 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .566.
In their win over Boston, the Rangers PDO was 110 and they had an oZS percentage of 51.7%. They had 4 power play attempts in this outing and earned 1 out of those tries. Their Fenwick percentage was 53.8% with a Fenwick of 43 and the Bruins having a 37 Fenwick. The Rangers scored 6 goals out of the 34 shots on goal they pursued. New York wound up with a 52.0% Corsi rating. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that New York had and they showed out in this one.
The Rangers have scored 37 goals at even strength and 11 goals (21st in hockey) while on the power play. New York has tried 567 shots (17th in hockey) and has earned a shot percentage of 8.47%, while allowing their opponents 527 shots. During this campaign, the New York Rangers have tallied 48 goals, 17 points, as well as a points percentage of .472. They have a total of 71 power play opportunities and they have accumulated a power play rate of 15.49%. They have earned a penalty kill rate of 85.07% on the other teams 67 chances on the power play, and their save percentage is 91.1%. They have permitted 47 goals to be scored by of a combination of 37 goals at even strength and 10 goals while they had less men on the ice.
Across the ice you are expected to see Igor Shesterkin in goal. Shesterkin has accumulated a career mark of 14-8-1 and has played in 24 games. Shesterkin's percentage of quality starts sits at 65.2% and he has accumulated 15 quality starts in his career. He has recorded 702 stops out of 758 shots taken against him, giving him a percentage of .926. The opposition is averaging 2.46 goals per game and he has surrendered 56 goals in total. He has started in 23 games and has played for a total of 1,368 minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Boston (-163)
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