New York Rangers vs Boston Bruins Prediction, 3/11/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York Rangers vs Boston Bruins
Date: Thursday, March 11, 2021
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
Odds/Point Spread: Rangers (+166) Bruins (-185)
Igor Shesterkin and the New York Rangers (10-11-3) go to TD Garden on Thursday where they'll meet the Boston Bruins (13-6-4). The Rangers open this game at +166 while the Bruins are coming in at -185. The total opens at 5.5.
The Rangers were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with a 4-2 defeat against the Penguins in the last game they played. The Rangers didn't have a great showing offensively in the loss. In the game, they tallied a score on 2 of the 35 shots they attempted. Moreover, they had 3 power play chances and scored 1 goal. New York had 6 mins in the box in this matchup. The Corsi for the Rangers was 58 and the Corsi against when the final whistle blew was 39 which had their Corsi percentage coming in at 59.8%. Their Fenwick was 36 and the Fenwick against was 29, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 55.4%. They had a tally of 29 face-off victories when at even strength and were beaten on 23 attempts to gain puck control. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 57.1% and they had a PDO of 89.0 in this game.
The Rangers have had 701 shots tried against them and hold a save percentage of .906. When playing at even strength, the Rangers have conceded 56 goals while getting 53 themselves. New York Rangers opponents have totaled 78 power play opportunities (15th in the NHL) and have racked up 10 goals in those chances. For the season, they have recorded 23 points and their points percentage is sitting at .479. New York has taken 713 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 9.4%. Regarding their goal scoring prowess, the New York Rangers have accumulated 67 goals (22nd in pro hockey) for the year and have conceded 66. New York is sitting with 87 power play chances and they have added 14 goals out of those chances, garnering them a rate of 16.09%.
The player in the crease for this game is Igor Shesterkin. Shesterkin has played in 27 games over the course of his pro hockey career. He has accumulated an overall mark of 16-9-1 and he was named the starter in 25 games. The opposition has been able to score 60 goals versus Shesterkin in his pro career and his average for goals against per game is 2.41. Shesterkin has seen 817 shots against him and has garnered 757 total saves. He has a save percentage of .927 during his 1,496 minutes played. In his career, Shesterkin is sitting with 17 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is .680.
In their last outing, Boston went up against the Islanders in a game where the Bruins went home in defeat by a final of 2-1. They had 2 power play attempts in this game and netted 1 out of those opportunities. The Bruins had 1 goal out of the 33 shots on goal they attempted. Their PDO at even strength was 100 and their oZS percentage was 60.5%. Boston wound up with a 52.0% Corsi rate. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Boston had and you might say they will look have a bounce back performance in their next game. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 56.3% with a Fenwick of 40 and the Islanders finishing with a 31 Fenwick at even strength.
Boston has attempted 727 shots (17th in the NHL) and has accumulated a shooting percentage of 8.80%, while allowing the opposition 605 shots. They have earned a penalty kill rate of 88.16% on the other teams 76 tries on the power play, and their save percentage is currently 91.1%. They have a total of 64 chances on the power play and they have earned a power play percentage of 25.00%. The Bruins have racked up 48 goals at even strength and 16 goals (18th in the league) while on the power play. They have permitted 54 goals to be scored by way of 45 goals at even strength and 9 goals while they had less men on the ice. So far this year, the Boston Bruins have a total of 64 goals, 30 points, as well as a points percentage of .652.
Across the rink you will find Tuukka Rask defending the goal. He has racked up 14,047 saves out of the 15,245 shots taken against him, which gives him a save % of .921. Rask has compiled a career mark of 299-162-66 and has participated in 550 games. He has started in 529 games and his ice time sits at 31,664 minutes. Rask's percentage of quality starts comes out to 60.7% and he has 321 quality starts in his career. Opponents are averaging 2.27 goals/game and he has conceded 1,198 goals in total.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take New York (+166)
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