But that wasn’t the case. The Bruins outlasted the Rangers and protected their home-ice advantage. Let's look at the NHL odds for game 2!
It’s on to Game 2 now and we’ll see whether the Rangers can earn a split or will fall behind 2-0 for a second consecutive series.
The New York Rangers can win because…
Henrik Lunqvist won’t play poorly again. He did the same thing in Game 1 of the first round where he let in a number of softies but then he bounced back with a much better effort in Game 2. In Game 1 against Boston, King Henrik allowed a couple of uncharacteristically easy goals but he’s one of the best in the business. Expect him to bounce back
This series is going to be low-scoring, so that could really be all it takes. The Rangers will be around the two-goal mark in this game and as long as Lundqvist plays a bit better, they should get the job done.
The Boston Bruins can win because…
The Rangers are not a good road team. People making their NHL picks here should stop and do the math: the Rangers have now played five playoff road games and have lost four of them. Outside of their 5-0 win in Game 7 in Washington, the Rangers have lost the other four road games while scoring a combined four goals.
While many people seem to think Boston won’t get the freebies that Lundqvist coughed up in Game 1, the truth is that they peppered him with 48 shots. When you throw 40 or more shots on net, the opposing goaltender is likely to give up an ugly one or two. This whole series is going to be ugly, so the Bruins just need to stick with the same strategy.
If they shoot that much again in Game 2, they’ll quite likely be up 2-0 by Monday morning.
Outlook & Pick
The Bruins offense has come to life. No, they still aren’t scoring a ton but David Krejci’s line has been contributing all playoffs long and now Brad Marchand’s line is getting going. If that’s a consistent in this series, the Bruins scoring depth will lead them to the conference finals.
For Game 2, I expect a low-scoring affair. Lunqvist will be better and that will lead the way to the under here.
NHL Pick: Under 5 at Bet 365Also, check out the Kings vs. the Sharks~