NHL Picks: Rangers vs. Bruins Game 5

PJ Laferla

Friday, May 24, 2013 2:16 PM GMT

The Bruins hold a 3-1 series lead over the Rangers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, and on Saturday night they will attempt to oust New York from the postseason when the two teams collide on the ice at the TD Bank Garden in a crucial Game 5 matchup.


Most of the larger online sportsbooks, including bet365 have pegged the Bruins as -155 favorites on the money line to win this game. The home team is 5-2 in the last 7 head-to head meetings between these clubs.

Bettors backing Boston also have the option of giving up -1 ½ goals, with an extremely generous return of +205; but of course the Bruins must win by at least 2 goals to punch a winning ticket on the puck line. Supporters of New York can grab the +1 ½ goal advantage, but it comes with a hefty price of -245.

NHL odds have the total listed at 5 goals, with a price of -140 on the under. However, eight of the last twelve head-to-head meetings between the Rangers and Bruins at the TD Bank Garden have stayed under the posted total (8-2-2).

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The Rangers enter this contest having won just one of their last six matchups played on the highway, but they are 9-4 in their last 13 when playing on one full day of rest.

However, New York will be the team with all the pressure as they are now forced to win an elimination game on the road to stay alive in the postseason.

Meanwhile, the Bruins have a nice cushion to work with but know the importance of closing out an opponent, so the series doesn’t get prolonged any further.

Boston is 7-1 in the last 8 Conference Semifinals games and 4-1 in their last five overall. Additionally, the Bruins are 11-2 on their home ice in their last 13 games when hosting a team with a winning percentage below .400 on the highway.

The Bruins are 4-1-2 OVER in their last seven games played at home. Boston and New York have eclipsed the total in four of their last six meetings (4-1-1).

Prediction

Backing the Bruins on their home ice to close out a series definitely holds more NHL betting value than taking the Rangers on the road, where they have proven to be unsuccessful as of late.

NHL Pick: Bruins -155 at bet365