NHL Picks: Betting Trends Suggest That Rangers & Bruins Will Go 'Under' 5

SBR Staff

Friday, November 27, 2015 12:56 AM GMT

The Rangers come in off a bad 5-1 home loss to Montreal on Wednesday night, which drops them to second in the East in points, while the Bruins come in having won four games in a row after their 3-2 road over Detroit on Wednesday.

Lundqvist Struggles in Loss to Montreal
Henrik Lundqvist hasn’t struggled too often this year, but hid on Wednesday night as he allowed five goals in the 5-1 loss. He was actually pulled midway through the third period in favor of Antti Niemi. Could he be starting to wear down some as he also allowed four goals in a game vs Florida on Saturday. These are the only two games that he has allowed more than three goals in a game. Lundqvist is now 12-6 with a 1.94 GAA on the year and should he get the start here he is 21-13 with a 1.91 GAA in his career vs. Boston.

Scoring the lone goal for the Rangers was Rick Nash, who continues to stay hot as he has now scored in three straight games, knocking in five pucks in the three games. Nash now has seven goals on the year. The Rangers check in at 6th in the league in scoring (3.0 gpg) and 14th in power play conversions (19.6%0, while at the defensive end of the ice they are tops in goals allowed (1.9 gpg) and 3rd in penalty kill (85.5%).

 

Vatrano Nets Two as Boston Beats Detroit In OT
The Boston Bruins come in playing very well as they have won four games in a row and they also continue to play well on the road, where they have won eight of 10 games this year. On Wednesday night they went into Detroit and walked out with a 3-2 win in OT, thanks mainly to Frank Vatrano, who scored twice in the game, including the game winner in OT. They are his only two goals scored on the year, while scoring the other goal in the game was Colin Miller, which was his 2nd of the year as well.

Jonan Gustavsson has been a very solid backup for Rask this year and is now 5-1 with a 2.15 GAA on the year following his win in Detroit on Wednesday night. Rask should get the start here and comes in at 7-8 with a 2.94 GAA on the year, but he has played much better of late, going 3-1 in his last four games and he has allowed one goal or less in five of his last 10 games. Rask is 8-7 with a 1.95 GAA vs the Rangers in his career. Boston comes in at 3rd in the league in scoring (3.2 gpg) and 1st in power play conversions; while on defense they are 25th in goals allowed (2.9 gpg) and 27th in penalty kill. 

 

Trends

New York is:

The Under is 9-2 in their last 11 following a loss of 3 or more goals

The Under is 31-15-8 in their last 54 road games vs. a team with a home winning percentage of less than .400

 

Boston is:

The Under is 11-4-5 in their last 20 vs. Metropolitan

The Under is 17-8-5 against the NHL odds in their last 30 games following a win

Boston has won eight of the last 10 in the series

Yes we have two of the better offenses in the league in this one, but we also have a pissed offed Lundqvist, who is off his worst start of the year and always bounces back strong from a bad game, while on the other side we have a Tuukka Rask, who’s is playing much better of late. The trends above really support this play with our NHL picks and so does the fact that the Under is 10-3-3 the last 16 games played in Boston between these teams. This one has defensive battle written all over it.

NHL Picks: Under 5 at Bookmaker

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