Canadiens & Rangers to Drop ‘Under’ The Total

Dana Lane

Sunday, October 8, 2017 5:26 PM UTC

Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017 5:26 PM UTC

Only one game in the NHL tonight but it’s a 2017 playoff rematch between the Montreal Canadiens and the New York Rangers. Puck drops at 7:00 ET/4:00 PT from Madison Square Garden.

Perhaps this will be the start of a long run to start the season.

Last night the Oilers and Canucks cashed our ‘under’ ticket after a scary start that saw three quick goals in the first period. Finally the game settled down allowing us to walk up to the window for the second straight night. Jacob Markstrom was fantastic keeping our bet alive with a 33 save effort. Our win was a perfect example of why you should always shop for the best number as there were plenty of five’s out there along with 5.5’s. We weren’t greedy as I laid a little on the moneyline but got the extra half goal that would otherwise have been a ‘push’.

Money has been rolling in on the ‘over’ forcing the opening number of five to be moved to 5.5. As was the same as last night this is good news for my followers. We are more than willing to earn take the extra half goal and lay the -120.

Can we really expect two back to back games where Carey Price isn’t sharp? Last night Price was pulled after allowing four first-period goals to the Washington Capitals but history tells us that the Rangers are the tonic that’s heals. Price is 15-5-1 with 1.82 goals against average and .940 save percentage in 22 games against New York.

Ironically, the Rangers are in the same spot after goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was pulled after the first period in a 8-5 loss to Toronto. The Leafs scored five goals on their first 18 shots. Lundqvist may have bigger issues than Price because his poor play is starting to become a trend as he’s now allowed eight goals on 42 total shots.

The abnormal play by both goaltenders is most likely the prevailing reason why the public has pounded the ‘over’. The Candiens and Rangers have shown their ability to play well on the second of back to back contest. The Canadiens are 9-4-2 the Rangers 11-5-0 and 64-28-6 since that start of the 2010-11 season.

Neither team was great defensively so anticipate bounce-back effort from both. Shea Webber was the only Montreal defensemen that didn’t finish with a negative +/-. Victor Mete, Mark Streit, and Jeff Petry all finished -2. For the Rangers, Tony DeAngelo, Brady Skjei, and Brendan Smith also registered a -2. It’s important to keep in mind that both teams were facing explosive offenses in the Washington Capitals and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Both head coaches said afterwards that needs to be a commitment to being better defensively.

Neither team held a morning skate this morning.

Free NHL Pick: Under 5.5 -120Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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