New York Rangers at Montreal Canadiens Free Preview 2/27/20

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The New York Rangers, led by Artemi Panarin and Mika Zibanejad, are ready to take the ice against Tomas Tatar, Max Domi, and the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre in an Original Six tilt. The Sports Network will showcase the matchup, and the puck drops at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 27.

New York Rangers at Montreal Canadiens Odds

New York (+110) is currently the underdog to Montreal (-130) and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 7 goals (-105 over, -115 under).

New York is 34-28 straight up (SU) and has netted moneyline bettors 13.7 units this season. Through 62 regular season matches, 31 of its games have gone under the total, while 29 have gone over and just two have pushed. As an away team in 2019-20, the Broadway Blueshirts are 17-13 SU.

New York has converted on 22.8 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a figure that places them in the top-10 among NHL teams. Additionally, its penalty kill is ranked 20th in the league, and it’s successfully killed off 79.4 percent of all penalties..

Averaging 28.5 saves per game with a .913 save percentage, Alexandar Georgiev (15-14-1) has been the top option in goal for New York this season. If head coach David Quinn decides to rest him, however, New York could turn to Henrik Lundqvist (11-17-3), who has a .907 save percentage and 3.12 goals against average this year.

On the other bench, Montreal is 29-36 straight up (SU) and has lost 15.3 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Through 65 regular season contests, 33 of its games have gone under the total, while 29 have gone over and just three have pushed. It’s 13-21 SU at home this season.

The Canadiens have converted on just 19.2 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s right around league average. Its penalty kill is also ranked 21st overall, and it’s successfully killed off 78.6 percent of all penalties.

Carey Price (27.7 saves per game) has been the top choice in goal for the Canadiens. Price has 26 wins, 28 losses, and six overtime losses to his credit and has registered a .911 save percentage and 2.74 goals against average this season.

New York Rangers at Montreal Canadiens Betting Predictions

Free NHL Tip: SU Winner – Canadiens, O/U – Under

Betting Notes

  • The Canadiens are 4-1 in games decided by a shootout this season while the Rangers are 1-2 in shootouts.
  • For both of these teams, the total has gone over in four of their past five matches.
  • The Canadiens have averaged the league’s second-most shots on goal (34.2) while the Rangers have attempted the 20th-most (just 34.2).
  • Over New York’s last ten games, six of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 5-1 in those games).
  • The Canadiens this season have recorded the fifth-most hits per game in the NHL (26.6).