New York Rangers vs Boston Bruins Prediction, 5/8/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York Rangers vs Boston Bruins
Date: Saturday, May 8, 2021
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
Odds/Point Spread: Rangers (+280) Bruins (-340)
Igor Shesterkin and the New York Rangers (26-23-6) go to TD Garden on Saturday where they'll take on the Boston Bruins (32-14-7). The Bruins open this contest at -340 while the Rangers are priced at +280. The total has been set at 5.5.
The Rangers will be looking to get a win in their next outing after their 4-0 defeat to the Bruins in their last outing. The offensive zone starts for them sat at 40.0% and they had a PDO of 89.7 for this one. They accrued 18 face-off wins when at even strength and were beaten on 23 opportunities to win the face-off. Their Fenwick came in at 19 and the Fenwick Against sat at 43, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 30.6%. The Corsi for the Rangers was sitting at 25 and the Corsi against at the end of this game was 51 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 32.9%. New York amassed 2 mins in the box in this matchup. They also had 1 power play chance but weren't able to notch a goal. The Rangers didn't have their best offensive outing in the defeat. In the matchup, they walked away having not converted any of the 15 shots they put on goal.
The Rangers have had 1,625 shots attempted against them and hold a save percentage of .907. While at even strength, the Rangers have surrendered 122 goals while scoring 134 on the offensive side of the ice. New York Rangers opponents have 166 power play tries (7th in hockey) and have notched 29 goals in those chances. For the current campaign, the have a total of 58 points and their points percentage comes in at .527. New York has attempted 1,584 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 10.8%. Concerning scoring goals, the New York Rangers have notched 171 goals (9th in the league) this year and have given up 151. New York has accounted for 178 power play opportunities and they have tallied 37 goals out of those advantages, giving them a rate of 20.79%.
The player protecting the goal in this game is Igor Shesterkin. Shesterkin has played in 46 games during his NHL career. He has compiled a mark of 25-16-3 and he has started in 43 games. Opponents have scored 110 goals against Shesterkin in his NHL career and his goals against average is 2.56. Shesterkin has had 1,402 shots against him and has recorded 1,292 saves. His save percentage is .922 in his 2,580 mins on the ice. Throughout his time in hockey, Shesterkin has accumulated 29 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is .674.
In their win over the Rangers, the Bruins PDO was 110 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 60.0%. They had 2 power play attempts in this matchup and recorded 1 out of those opportunities. Their Fenwick rate was 69.4% with a Fenwick of 43 and the Rangers having notched a 19 Fenwick at even strength. The Bruins recorded 4 goals of the 34 shots on goal they attempted. Boston earned a 67.1% Corsi rate. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Boston had and they showed out in this one.
For the season, the Boston Bruins have accumulated 156 goals, 71 points, as well as a points percentage of .670. They have allowed 125 goals to be scored by of a combination of 101 goals at even strength and 24 goals while they were shorthanded. The Bruins are sitting with 123 goals at even strength and 33 goals (13th in professional hockey) while having a power play advantage. They have a tally of 152 opportunities on the power play and they have earned a power play percentage of 21.71%. Boston has tried 1,764 shots (3rd in hockey) and has earned a shot percentage of 8.84%, while allowing their opponents 1,443 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill percentage of 86.29% on their oppositions 175 power play opportunities, and their save percentage is currently 91.3%.
On the other side of the ice you are likely to see Tuukka Rask in net. Rask is the owner of a career record of 305-162-66 and has been in goal for 558 games. Rask's quality start percentage comes out to 61.1% and he has qualified for 328 quality starting assignments in his pro hockey career. He has tallied 14,235 saves out of 15,444 shots taken against him, giving him a rate of .922. Teams are averaging 2.26 goals per contest and he has given up 1,209 goals altogether. He has made the start in 537 games and has played 32,085 mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take New York (+280)
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