New York Rangers vs Boston Bruins Prediction, 3/13/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York Rangers vs Boston Bruins
Date: Saturday, March 13, 2021
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
TV: NHL Network
Odds/Point Spread: Rangers (+158) Bruins (-175)
Igor Shesterkin and the New York Rangers (10-12-3) go to TD Garden on Saturday where they'll meet the Boston Bruins (14-6-4). The line on this game has the Rangers coming in at +158 and the Bruins are at -175. The total is set at 5.5.
The Rangers were on the losing side of the ice with a 4-0 defeat against the Bruins in their last contest. The Rangers had an offensive game that was below their expectations in this loss. In the matchup, they walked away having not converted any of the 27 shots they tried. Furthermore, they had 4 chances with the advantage but weren't able to convert one of them into a goal. New York accrued 8 penalty mins for this matchup. The Corsi for the Rangers came in at 51 and the Corsi against when the final whistle blew was 35 which means they had a Corsi rate of 59.3%. Their Fenwick was 39 and the Fenwick against was 30, meaning they had a Fenwick rate of 56.5%. They totaled 17 face-off wins when at even strength and were beaten on 22 opportunities to control the puck. When starting in the offensive zone they were rated at 57.1% and their PDO was 91.3 in this game.
The Rangers have had 728 shots attempted against them and are the owners of a save percentage of .904. When playing at even strength, the Rangers have given up 59 goals while having 53 as an offensive unit. New York Rangers opponents have totaled 80 power play opportunities (18th in the NHL) and have notched 11 goals in those attempts. For the year, they have 23 points and their points % is .460. New York has tried 740 shots and holds a shot percentage of 9.1%. In regard to their goal scoring prowess, the New York Rangers have notched 67 goals (24th in the NHL) this year and have given up 70. New York is sitting with 91 power play opportunities and they have scored 14 goals out of those attempts, garnering them a rate of 15.38%.
The player between the pipes for this game is Igor Shesterkin. Shesterkin has participated in 27 contests over the course of his hockey career. He has amassed an overall mark of 16-9-1 and he started in 25 games. The opposition has racked up 60 goals versus Shesterkin in his NHL career and his average for goals against per game is 2.41. Shesterkin has seen 817 shot attempts taken against him and has recorded 757 total saves. He has a save percentage of .927 for his 1,496 minutes between the pipes. For his career, Shesterkin has 17 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is at .680.
In their win over New York, Boston wound up with a 40.7% Corsi rating. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Boston had and they put on a good performance in this one. Their Fenwick rate came in at 43.5% by compiling a Fenwick of 30 and the Rangers having earned a 39 Fenwick. Their PDO was 109 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 42.9%. The Bruins had 4 goals of the 27 shots on goal they took. They had 2 power play chances in this matchup and scored 1 out of those attempts.
The Bruins are sitting with 51 goals at even strength and 17 goals (16th in hockey) while on the power play. Boston has taken 754 shots (18th in pro hockey) and has accumulated a shot percentage of 9.02%, while allowing the opposition 632 shots. On the campaign, the Boston Bruins have notched a total of 68 goals, 32 points, and a points percentage of .667. They have recorded 66 power play opportunities and they have earned a power play percentage of 25.76%. They have a penalty kill percentage of 88.75% on their opponents 80 power play chances, and their save percentage comes in at 91.5%. They have granted a total of 54 goals to be scored by of a combination of 45 goals at even strength and 9 goals while they were shorthanded.
Across the ice you are likely to see Jaroslav Halak patrolling the crease. Opponents are averaging 2.47 goals/game and he has relinquished 1,258 goals overall. Halak's percentage of quality starts sits at 56.9% and he has made 281 quality starting assignments in his pro hockey career. He was named a starter in 494 games and has played for a total of 30,569 minutes. Halak has accumulated a lifetime mark of 278-169-60 and has been in net for 530 games. He has compiled 13,835 saves out of the 15,093 shots taken, giving him a save percentage of .917.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take New York (+158)
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