East's Finest To Keep Scores Low, Play 'Under' as the Top NHL Pick

SBR Staff

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 12:51 PM GMT

Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015 12:51 PM GMT

The two best teams in the Eastern Conference will square off at Madison Square Garden tonight as the Montreal Canadiens will take on the New York Rangers. Find the NHL pick here.

Montreal Sweeps Home-And-Home with the Islanders
The Montreal Canadiens have been at or near the top of the Eastern Conference standings all year so far and right now they are tied with the Rangers for the most points in the East after taking both games of a home-and home series with the Islanders. On Friday they took the game 5-3, getting scoring from five different players in the game, while on Sunday they won 4-2 with late goals from Alex Galchenyck, who gave them the lead for good with 3:29 left in the game and Max Pacioretti, who added an empty net goal a bit later on. Pacioretti leads the team in scoring (11 goals) and points (20).

Grabbing the wins in both games were Carey Price, who the Canadiens are very glad is off the injured list. Price is now 9-2 on the year with a 2.10 GAA. He should get the start here as well and is 11-6 with a 1.75 GAA in his career vs the Rangers. Montreal checks in with the top ranked scoring offense in the league, putting up 3.6 gpg and they also have the 3rd ranked power play as well (24.4%). On defense they have been very good as well; ranking 5th in the league in goals allowed (2.2 gpg) and 2nd on the penalty kill (86.8%). On the injury front, Brendan Gallagher is out indefinitely after having surgery on two fingers.

 

Lundqvist Stops 31 Shots in Shutout of Nashville
Henrik Lundqvist is having a very good year and it continued on Monday night as he shutout the Nashville Predators for his 2nd shutout of the year and his 57th of his career. Lundqvist is now 12-5 on the year with a skinny 1.74 GAA and the shutout 2nd of his career vs the Preds. He should get the start in this huge game as well and is 14-16 with a 2.67 GAA in his career vs the Canadiens. He is truly having a solid year and is a big reason why the Rangers rank tops in the league in goals allowed, giving up just 1.8 gpg and they are also 3rd in penalty kill (86.1%). Still Lundqvist isn’t overly happy with the defense in front of him as he has faced the most shots in the league.

The offense has also been very god for this team as they come in ranked 4th in the league in scoring (3.1 gpg), despite the fact that they are 26th in shots taken. This is a very efficient offense. The power play has been very average for the Rangers as they rank 13th in that department, converting on 19.6% of their chances. Scoring in the win over the Preds was Rick Nash (6th), Derek Stepan (6th) and Kevin Hayes (6th). Nash is heating up as he now has four goals in his last two games.

 

Trends
Montreal is: The Under is 16-6-5 in the last 27 meetings in New York & The Under is 7-3 in their last 10 Wednesday games

New York is: The Under 14-5-2 in their last 21 home games & The Under is 11-4-3 in their last 18 overall

Boy this has the feel of a Kershaw vs Bumgarner pitcher’s duel as we have two of the best goalies squaring off in what is a hugely important game in the Eastern Conference. Carey Price is healthy and has very good numbers this year, plus he has a 1.75 GAA in his career vs the Rangers. For Henrik Lundqvist, he is off his 2nd shutout in his last six games and has a 1.75 GAA on the year. Even better is his 1.55 GAA at home. Yes these are two of the best offenses in the league, but neither will score much on this duo tonight. Our wise NHL pick is to play Under, against the NHL odds.

NHL Pick: Under 5 at 5Dimes

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