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In an East Division matchup, the New York Rangers will go on the road to take on the Boston Bruins. The Rangers have a record of 10-11-3. The Bruins have a record of 13-6-4. These two teams have faced each other four times this season with the Bruins winning three out of four games.
Rangers on Two Game Losing Streak
The Rangers are on a two-game losing streak. Their last game was a 4-2 loss against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday. Jack Johnson and Ryan Strome each scored a goal in the game. Keith Kinkaid stopped 23 out of 26 shots faced.
“Good response by the group, but we put ourselves in that hole because of two late goals. A step in the right direction, but not enough.”
Kreider on the need to put together a full 60: pic.twitter.com/Y4yrgNUJ0z
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) March 10, 2021
Putting the puck in the net has been a problem for the Rangers this season. The team ranks 20th in goals per game and shots per game, 19th in shooting %, and 18th in scoring efficiency ratio. Pavel Buchnevich has been hot lately. He has at least one point in five straight games. Buchnevich leads the team with 20 points. Artemi Panarin is still away from the team after taking a leave of absence.
Goaltending has suffered with Igor Shesterkin injured. He has missed the last three games. The Rangers have given up three goals or more in each of the last three games. The injury to Shesterkin is believed to be minor. He has been very good between the pipes for the Rangers. Shesterkin has a record of 6-7-1 with a 2.31 GAA and a .921 SV%. The team ranks 11th in goals against per game, 12th in shots against per game, and 13th opponent shooting %, and save %.
Bruins Have Lost Two Straight
Much like the Rangers, the Bruins are on a two game losing streak. Their last game was a 2-1 shootout loss against the New York Islanders on Tuesday. David Pastrnak scored Boston’s lone goal. Jaroslav Halak was sharp in net in the loss, stopping 26 out of 27 shots faced.
Offense has been trending in the wrong direction lately for the Bruins. Boston has scored two goals or less in seven out of the last 10 games. Brad Marchand has recorded at least one point in seven out of the last 10 games. David Pastrnak has 21 points in 16 games. The team ranks 21st in goals per game, fifth in shots per game, 25th in shooting %, and 10th in scoring efficiency ratio. Boston will need other players to step up on offense besides their first line of Marchand, Bergeron, and Pastrnak.
Despite losing two straight games, goaltending has been excellent for Boston this season. Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak have been outstanding in net. Rask has a record of 8-4-2 with a 2.46 GAA and a .906 SV%. Halak has a record of 5-2-2 with a 2.08 GAA and a .919 SV%. Along with receiving great goaltending, the Bruins have been very strong on defense. The team ranks fourth in goals against per game, second in shots against per game, and seventh in opponent shooting % and save %.
- Bruins are 5-0 in their last five when their opponent scores two goals or less in their previous game
- Favorite is 20-8 in the last 28 meetings
- Rangers are 0-6 in their last six in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation
- Rangers are 1-4 in their last five vs. a team with a winning record
The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Bruins have a better defense and receiving better goaltending than the Rangers this season. Goals against per game, shots per game, shots against per game, opponent shooting %, and scoring efficiency ratio all favor the Bruins. Boston is the better team and will defeat the Rangers tonight.
Boston Bruins (-171)
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Full-Game Total Pick
Putting the puck in the net has been a problem for the Rangers this season. The team ranks 20th in goals per game and shots per game, 19th in shooting %, and 18th in scoring efficiency ratio. Offense has been trending in the wrong direction recently for the Bruins. Boston has scored two goals or less in seven out of the last 10 games. The team ranks 21st in goals per game, fifth in shots per game, 25th in shooting %, and 10th in scoring efficiency ratio. The under has hit in five out of the last six games between these two teams. The under will hit in this game.