Boston Bruins at New York Rangers Matchup Preview 10/27/19

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The Boston Bruins, led by David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand, are ready to take the ice against Mika Zibanejad, Artemi Panarin, and the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden in an Original Six showdown. The game will get started at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 27 and it’ll be showcased live on New England Sports Network.

Boston Bruins vs. New York Rangers Odds

The Bruins (-150) are favored over the Rangers (+130) and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at an even 6 goals (-110 for the over, -110 for the under).

Boston is 7-3 straight up (SU) and has earned 2.9 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 10 regular season matches, five of its games have gone over the total, while four have gone under and none have pushed. This 2019-20 Bruins team is 3-2 SU on the road.

The Bruins have impressively converted on 34.4 percent of their power play opportunities thus far. That’s a nice step forward from last season, when they were ranked second in the league by converting on 27.6 percent of their extra-man opportunities. Their penalty kill has also gotten stronger year-over-year, as they’ve gone from successfully defending 81.8 percent of all opponent power plays (ranked seventh overall last season) to 86.7 percent this year..

Averaging 29.5 saves per game with a .952 save percentage, Tuukka Rask (5-1-1) has been the primary option in goal for Boston this year. Rask played last night, however, so the team might choose to rest him and go with Jaroslav Halak instead (2-2-1 record, .931 save percentage, 2.24 goals against average).

New York is 3-5 straight up (SU) and has lost 2.5 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Four of its contests have gone over the total, while another four have gone under and none have pushed. It’s 2-3 SU as the home team this year.

The Rangers have converted on 17.9 percent of their power plays this year after scoring on 19.5 percent (ranked 17th in league) last season. They have killed off a remarkable 79.4 percent of their penalties, compared to 78.1 percent in 2018-19 (when they were ranked 27th overall).

Henrik Lundqvist has stopped 33.2 shots per game as the top option in the crease for the Rangers. Lundqvist has two wins and three losses and has recorded a mediocre 3.25 goals against average and a .912 save percentage this year.

Boston Bruins vs. New York Rangers Betting Picks

NHL Pick: SU Winner – Bruins, O/U – Under

Betting Notes

  • After posting a 2-3 record in games decided by a shootout last year, the Bruins are off to a 0-1 start in shootouts this season. The Rangers were 6-5 in shootouts last year and has yet to participate in one this time around.
  • For both of these teams, the total has gone over in three of their past five matches.
  • Boston skaters recorded 24.7 hits per game last season, while the Rangers accounted for 26.0 hits per matchup.