Boston Bruins at New York Rangers - 2/12/21 NHL Picks and Prediction
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New York Rangers (4-5-3) vs Boston Bruins (9-1-2)
Game Info: Friday, February 12, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
Betting Odds: New York Rangers +138 / Boston Bruins -153 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Boston Bruins and the New York Rangers meet in NHL action from Madison Square Garden on Friday night.
The Boston Bruins will look to build on their 3-2 win over the Rangers in their last outing. Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron share the team-high in scoring with 16 points with Marchand logging 8 goals and 8 assists while Bergeron’s got 6 goals and 10 helpers this season. Charlie McAvoy has 11 points with 10 assists and David Krejci and Nick Ritchie each have 9 points with Krejci logging 9 assists and Ritchie putting up 4 goals and 5 helpers. David Pastrnak also has 8 points, with 5 goals and 3 assists, in just 5 games since returning from injury. Tuukka Rask’s started eight games this year with a 6-2 mark and a 2.31 GAA while Jaroslav Halak’s gone 3-1 with a 1.72 GAA in the backup role.
The New York Rangers will look to bounce back from their loss to Boston on Wednesday. Artemi Panarin leads the Rangers in scoring with 15 points coming on 5 goals and 10 assists while Pavel Buchnevich has 8 points with 3 goals and 5 assists. Adam Fox has 7 points with 6 assists while Ryan Strome has 6 points with 4 goals and 2 helpers and Phil Di Giuseppe has 5 points, all coming on assists this season. Igor Shesterkin leads New York in goal with 3 wins and a 2.31 GAA in 8 starts while Alexandar Georgiev’s gone 1-4 with a shutout and a 3.21 GAA in his 5 starts.
Boston is 4-0 in their last 4 road games and 4-0 in their last 4 games overall while the under is 13-5 in their last 18 road games. New York is 3-7 in their last 10 home games and 4-12 in their last 16 games overall while the under is 8-2 in their last 10 games as an underdog. Boston is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
I get why you could make a case for either side here as this has all the feels and components of a rivalry game. However, Boston is simply the better team side by side in all aspects, and while the Rangers have the goaltending tandem of the future, they haven’t carried over the momentum from the end of last year and Shesterkin and Georgiev have been inconsistent. Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak continue to be one of the better 1-2 punches in goal in the NHL and with the team around them, it’s hard not to like Boston’s chances. I’ll side with Boston in regulation to get this money line price down a fair bit.