NHL Picks: Bruins vs. Rangers Game 3

David Lawrence

Monday, May 20, 2013 8:54 PM UTC

Monday, May. 20, 2013 8:54 PM UTC

Two games into the first round of the playoffs, the New York Rangers looked dead in the water. Two games into the second round and the same theme appears to be repeating itself.

The Rangers fell behind 2-0 to Washington in Round 1 but rallied to win the series in seven. They’ve again falling behind 2-0 – this time to the Bruins – and will have to rely on their home-ice advantage to save them one more time.

NHL Picks: Rangers vs. Bruins Series Price Odds & Picks

The Boston Bruins can win because… 

They have the Rangers number. When you start looking at the trends and performances in this series, it looks like it’s getting easier for Boston – not harder. The Rangers pushed them to overtime in Game 1 but Game 2 was a 5-2 laugher. The Bruins have now scored eight goals through two games and are getting plenty of production from their depth. Patrice Bergeron (two assists), Nathan Horton (one assist), Brad Marchand (goal and an assist), David Krejci (two assists) and Milan Lucic (one goal) all registered points in Game 2. Jaromir Jagr was also dangerous but couldn’t get on the scoresheet. The Bruins best players are being their best players while the Rangers can barely muster anything on offense. The Bruins have even taken nearly double the penalties through two games but it hasn’t matter. 

The Rangers will be feisty in this game but the Bruins are experienced, deeper and have played well on the road this season. There’s no reason to bet against them with your NHL picks here.

The New York Rangers can win because… 

They’re an excellent home team. So far this post season, the Rangers are a perfect 3-0 at home compared to just 1-5 on the road. In their three home games, they’ve scored nine goals, which is a stark contrast to the 11 goals they’ve scored in their seven road games. 

The Rangers offense was fifth-best in the NHL at home in the regular season, averaging 3.08 goals per game. That ranked dropped to 23rd when they were on the road in the regular season and we have seen those trends continue in the playoffs. The difference in this series has been scoring but the Rangers should do more of it in Game 3, which is why they’ll win. 

Outlook & Pick

The Rangers are just 2-19 in series when they trail 0-2, so in the long run, the numbers are not in their favor. Also, no NHL team has won consecutive series when trailing 0-2 both times. 

The Rangers should show up for Game 3 and take it but I don’t see them being long for this series. This team just doesn’t have enough scoring to get the job done. Take the Rangers in Game 3 but don’t be surprised if the Bruins take Game 4 and make this series much shorter than many NHL odds makers expected. 

NHL Pick: Over 5.5 at Bwin
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