New York Rangers at Boston Bruins - 4/23/22 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Boston Bruins (47-25-5) vs New York Rangers (51-21-6)
Game Info: Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 3:00 pm (TD Garden)
Betting Odds: Boston Bruins -130 / New York Rangers +106 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The New York Rangers host the Boston Bruins in Saturday NHL Action.
The Boston Bruins come into this road contest with an overall record of 47-25-5. Through 77 games, the Bruins are 4th in the Atlantic Division. On the season, they have found the net 236 times, good for a rank of 17th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Boston is the 4th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.69 goals per game. So far, the Bruins have a strength of schedule rating of 28th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 13th-ranked team in the NHL.
The New York Rangers get set to host the Boston Bruins with an overall record of 51-21-6. This mark places them 1st in the Metropolitan division. Through 78 games, the Rangers have scored 244 goals, giving them an average of 3.08. This output gives them a rank of 15th among NHL teams.On defense, New York Rangers is the 2nd ranked unit, giving up 2.45 goals per contest. So far, the Rangers have played the 25th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account New York's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 8th in the NHL.
Through 77 games, the Boston Bruins' leading goal scorer is David Pastrnak. With his 33 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 71. On the season, he is turning 12.5% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Bruins have benefited from the strong play of Brad Marchand, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Boston's 77 games, he has come up with 31 goals on a shooting percentage of 13.4%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of 8. Boston's top goalie is Linus Ullmark, who is giving up an average of 2.57 goals per game.
Coming into this game, the New York Rangers Rangers leader in points is Artemi Panarin. In New York's 78 games, he has come up with 22 goals and 74 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 12.6%. The team's top overall goal scorer is Chris Kreider. Of his 51 goals, 51.0% have come during power play time. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +22.0. New York's top goalie is Igor Shesterkin, who is giving up an average of 2.01 goals per game. In his 51 games played, he has turned in 37 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.
Coming into this game, the Bruins have an over-under record of 34-37-6. When playing on the road, the over is hitting less than half the time, going 16-20-3. On the season, 52.0% of Boston's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 55% of the scoring coming from the Bruins. Coming into this game, the Rangers have an over-under record of 30-46-2. When playing at home, the over is hitting less than half the time, going 15-22-1. On the season, 44.0% of New York's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 49.0% of the scoring coming from the Rangers. Even with an over-under betting line at just 5.5 goals, I expect this game to finish below that number, as neither New York or Boston has exceptional offenses, but the Rangers have benefited from some of the best goalie play this year.
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