New York Rangers vs Boston Bruins Prediction, 3/4/2023 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: New York Rangers vs Boston Bruins
Date: Saturday, March 4, 2023
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
Odds/Point Spread: Rangers (+130) Bruins (-154)
The Boston Bruins (48-8-5) will go up against the New York Rangers (35-18-9) at TD Garden on Saturday. The moneyline on this contest has the Rangers at +130 while the Bruins open at -154. The over/under is 6.
The New York Rangers will look to clean up some issues after taking a 5-3 defeat against the Senators in their previous game. The Rangers offense showed they have some room for improvement in this loss. In the game, they converted 3 of the 32 shots they attempted. They also had 4 power play attempts but weren't able to score a goal. New York recorded 6 minutes in the box in this matchup.
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In terms of scoring goals, the New York Rangers have tallied 204 goals (10th in the National Hockey League) this season and have allowed 173. For the current campaign, they have racked up 79 points and their points percentage sits at .637. New York skates onto the rink with 190 power play opportunities and they have tallied 43 goals out of those attempts, earning them a percentage of 22.63%. When at even strength, the Rangers have surrendered 136 goals while scoring 161 on offense. New York has taken 1,981 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 10.3%. The Rangers have had 1,810 shots taken against them and have a save percentage of .904. New York Rangers opponents have recorded 176 power play tries (25th in the NHL) and have come away with 37 goals in those chances.
The player in the crease for this game is Igor Shesterkin. Shesterkin has played in 144 games during his pro hockey career. He has compiled a win-loss mark of 89-39-14 and he was named the starter in 139 games. Opponents have notched 334 goals against Shesterkin in his pro hockey career and his goals against rate is 2.41. Shesterkin has seen 4,325 shot attempts taken against him and has recorded 3,991 saves. He has a save percentage of .923 in his 8,305 minutes on the ice. In his career, Shesterkin has accrued 92 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is .662.
In their last contest, Boston squared up with the Sabres in a matchup where the Bruins got the win by a tally of 7-1. They had 3 opportunities on the power play in this contest and scored 1 out of those chances. The Bruins earned 7 goals out of the 42 shots on goal they pursued.
So far this season, the Boston Bruins have earned a total of 231 goals, 101 points, in addition to a points percentage of .828. They have allowed 127 goals to be scored by way of 100 goals at even strength and 27 goals while they had less men on the ice. The Bruins have racked up 182 goals at even strength and 49 goals (6th in pro hockey) while having a power play advantage. They have a total of 208 power play opportunities and they have accumulated a power play rate of 23.56%. Boston has taken 2,018 shots (9th in the NHL) and has a shooting percentage of 11.45%, while allowing their opponents 1,813 shots. They have accumulated a penalty kill percentage of 86.89% on their opponents 206 power play opportunities, and their save percentage comes in at 93.0%.
Across the rink you will find Linus Ullmark protecting the goal. Teams are averaging 2.53 goals per game and he has relinquished 474 goals in total. Ullmark's quality start rate comes in at 61.7% and he has made 116 quality starts in his NHL career. He has started in 188 games and has racked up 11,236 minutes. Ullmark is the owner of a lifetime mark of 107-61-16 and has played in 196 games. He has tallied 5,327 saves out of 5,801 shots taken, giving him a rate of .918.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Guy's Pick: Take Boston (-154)
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