Rangers vs Bruins Prediction - NHL Picks 12/16/23

Boston Bruins (19-5-4) vs New York Rangers (20-7-1)

Game Info: Saturday, December 16, 2023 at 7:00 pm (TD Garden)

Betting Odds: Boston Bruins -118 / New York Rangers -102 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The New York Rangers will play the Boston Bruins on Saturday night at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. New York has won two of their last three games, while Boston has alternated wins and losses over their last five games. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Rangers vs Bruins prediction.

Rangers Preview

The New York Rangers are 20-7-1 this season after they defeated Anaheim by a score of 5-1 in their last game. New York trailed 1-0 in the first period, but they scored the next five goals for the blowout win. The Rangers out shot Anaheim by a total of 39-30 and went 2-6 on the power play in the game. New York lost to Toronto by a score of 7-3 in the game prior to Anaheim, but they did defeat the Kings by a score of 4-1 in the game before that. The Rangers are scoring 3.26 goals per game and they are allowing 2.85 goals against per game, while going 30.5% on the power play and 84.1% on the penalty kill. Artemi Panarin has led the Rangers with 16 goals, 25 assists, and 108 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for New York is Igor Shesterkin, who is 10-7-0 this year with a 3.02 goals against average and a .902 save percentage. 

Bruins Preview

The Boston Bruins are 19-5-4 this year after they defeated the Islanders in a shootout by a score of 5-4 in their last game. Boston trailed 2-0, 3-2, and 4-3, but was able to force overtime and get the win in a shootout. The Bruins were out shot by a total of 37-34 and went 3-3 on the power play in the game. Boston lost to the Devils by a score of 2-1 in the game before the Islanders, but did defeat Arizona in the game prior to that. Boston is scoring 3.22 goals per game and they are allowing 2.48 goals against per game, while going 22.6% on the power play and 90.1% on the penalty kill. David Pastrnak has led Boston with 16 goals, 23 assists, and 136 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Boston is Jeremy Swayman, who is 9-1-3 this year with a 2.07 goals against average and a .933 save percentage. 

Boston Bruins Team Facts

  • The Bruins have won each of their last 11 Saturday night games at TD Garden.
  • The Bruins have failed to cover the puck line in each of their last six games as favorites following a shootout win.
  • The Bruins have won the first period in five of their last six games against the Rangers.
  • The 'Over 2.5 Goals Period 3' market has hit in each of the Bruins' last seven games as favorites against Metropolitan Division opponents.

New York Rangers Team Facts

  • The Rangers have won three of their last four games as underdogs against opponents who are on the second leg of a back-to-back.
  • The Rangers have covered the puck line in 13 of their last 14 games as underdogs following a home win.
  • The Rangers have lost the first period in each of their last four games following a home win.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 2' market has hit in each of the Rangers' last seven night games.

Boston Bruins Player Prop Facts

  • Brad Marchand has recorded at least one assist in each of the Bruins' last five home games against the Rangers.
  • Charlie Coyle has scored at least one goal in three of the Bruins' last four games against the Rangers.
  • David Pastrnak has recorded at least one point in each of the Bruins' last 11 Saturday games.

New York Rangers Player Prop Facts

  • Mika Zibanejad has recorded at least one point in each of the Rangers' last 10 games against Atlantic Division opponents.
  • Vincent Trocheck has recorded at least one assist in each of his last five appearances after playing less than 20 minutes the previous day.
  • Mika Zibanejad has scored a goal in each of the Rangers' last three games.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Boston Bruins ranks 1st in the league in save percentage this season (.921).
  • The Boston Bruins ranks 1st in the league for Period 1 goals allowed per game this season (0.50).
  • The New York Rangers are one of only three teams in the league to rank top 10 for both power play and penalty kill percentage this season.
  • The New York Rangers are one of only three teams to lose a game when leading by 2 or more goals after Period 1 this season.

Rangers vs Bruins Betting Prediction

These two teams are leading their divisions in the Eastern Conference and they are both on the second game of a back to back here. Boston used a ton of energy to battle back and win in a shootout on Friday night, while New York was able to blow out the Ducks. The Bruins have split their last four games, but they are 10-2-1 at home. New York is 10-4-1 on the road and they have also had a little bit of a struggle recently, as they have lost three of their last five. This should be a great game, but I am going to side with New York, as I think they are in better shape coming into this game. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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