New York Rangers vs Boston Bruins Prediction, 5/6/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York Rangers vs Boston Bruins
Date: Thursday, May 6, 2021
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
Odds/Point Spread: Rangers (+160) Bruins (-185)
Igor Shesterkin and the New York Rangers (26-21-6) are headed to TD Garden on Thursday where they'll take on the Boston Bruins (31-14-7). The Bruins open this contest at -185 while the Rangers are coming in at +160. The total has been set at 5.5.
The Rangers were on the losing side of the ice with a 6-3 loss against the Capitals in their previous outing. The Corsi for the Rangers came in at 34 and the Corsi against was 48 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 41.5%. The offensive zone starts for them sat at 55.2% and their PDO rating was 93.0 for this one. New York recorded 22 mins in the box for this contest. The Rangers played like an average offensive team in this loss. Their Fenwick came in at 28 and the Fenwick against was 42, giving them a Fenwick rate of 40.0%. They tallied 20 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 25 opportunities to win the face-off. Additionally, they had 4 chances with extra men on the ice and were able to net 1 goal. While out there on the ice, they tallied a score on 3 out of the 26 shots they tried.
The Rangers have had 1,556 shots taken against them and have earned a save percentage of .908. While playing at even strength, the Rangers have allowed the opponent to score 117 goals while scoring 132 on offense. New York Rangers opponents have 157 power play opportunities (12th in pro hockey) and have a total of 26 goals in those attempts. For the current campaign, they have recorded 58 points and their points percentage sits at .547. New York has taken 1,548 shots and holds a shot percentage of 10.9%. Pertaining to their goal scoring prowess, the New York Rangers have tallied 169 goals (9th in pro hockey) on the season and have conceded 143. New York comes into tonight with 175 power play chances and they have scored 37 goals out of those attempts, giving them a percentage of 21.14%.
The man protecting the goal in this game is Igor Shesterkin. Opponents have been able to score 106 goals versus Shesterkin in his pro career and his goals against average per contest is 2.52. Shesterkin has been in net for 45 games during his NHL career. He has a save percentage of .923 for his 2,520 mins between the pipes. He has an overall mark of 25-15-3 and he has gotten the start in 42 games. Throughout his time in hockey, Shesterkin has compiled 28 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is at .667. Shesterkin has seen 1,368 shots taken against him and has recorded 1,262 total saves.
In their last game, Boston went up against the Devils in an outing where the Bruins were on the wrong end of the score by a final score of 4-3. They had 3 power play attempts in this game and recorded 1 out of those chances. The Bruins tallied 3 goals of the 36 shots on goal they pursued. They had a PDO of 89 and they had an oZS percentage of 71.6%. Boston went home with a 61.5% Corsi rating. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Boston played and you might say they looked run of the mill in this one. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 63.4% by tallying a Fenwick of 45 and the Devils having a 26 Fenwick.
On the campaign, the Boston Bruins are sitting with 152 goals, 69 points, in addition to a points percentage of .663. They have allowed 125 goals to be scored by way of 101 goals at even strength and 24 goals while they had less men on the ice. The Bruins are sitting with 120 goals at even strength and 32 goals (13th in pro hockey) while having more men on the ice. They have recorded 150 opportunities on the power play and they have a power play percentage of 21.33%. Boston has attempted 1,730 shots (3rd in professional hockey) and has earned a shot percentage of 8.79%, while allowing the opposition 1,428 shots. They have earned a penalty kill rate of 86.21% on their oppositions 174 chances on the power play, and their save percentage comes in at 91.2%.
On the other side of the ice you are likely to see Tuukka Rask in net. Rask holds a career mark of 305-162-66 and has participated in 558 games. Rask's quality start percentage sits at 60.7% and he has earned 326 quality starting assignments in his professional career. He has gathered 14,235 stops out of 15,444 shots taken, which gives him a save % of .922. Opponents are averaging 2.26 goals per contest and he has relinquished 1,209 goals altogether. He was named a starter in 537 games and has racked up 32,085 mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take New York (+160)
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