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Bruins at Rangers Picks

Bruins at Rangers Picks

By Adam Markowitz

It will be a battle of Original Six teams on Wednesday night when the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers clash in historic Madison Square Garden. If the postseason started right now, both teams would miss the playoffs, but Boston has played three less games than New York. The last time these two sides met, the Rangers scored a 2-1 victory in MSG but that was last season. This is the first of three meetings this year.

Boston Bruins at New York Rangers
Date and Time: Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 8 p.m. ET
Location: Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
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The Bruins must be wondering when their luck will change. Boston has ended regulation tied in three of its last six games, but ended up losing every game in either overtime or a shootout. The team still got a point from the game, yet missing out on two is huge. These things typically even out over the course of the season and the Bruins have to be wondering when that will change.

New York has thrived in the extra period. The Rangers are near the bottom of the Metropolitan Division, but have won three in a row to make up some ground on the other teams. The last two were big overtime wins that came during a Sunshine State road trip. New York was an underdog to both Tampa Bay and Florida but pulled four points out of that swing and that has to have this team feeling good.

Player to Watch

Henrik Lundqvist is no longer a premier goaltender. His numbers have fallen off considerable in each of the last two seasons and it’s time to start considering him on the downslope of his career. Lundqvist was one of the best netminders the NHL had to offer for about a decade. He was phenomenal earlier this decade, not finishing with a save percentage below .920 in any season. However, last season, saw his save percentage fall to .910 and it is even worse thus far.

Through 12 starts, Lundqvist has a .902 save percentage and is averaging over three goals a game for the first time ever. Some of this is the result of defensive woes, but Lundqvist has been allowing some bad goals too. His agility is not what it used to be and that’s not good news for the Rangers.

Matchup to Watch

Boston has been fantastic on special teams this season, using that to gain an advantage on opponents. The Bruins are fourth in the NHL in power play percentage, converting on 27.9 percent of their opportunities. Rather than one person dominating the scoring on the man advantage, everyone is getting involved too. Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak have five points each, but David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron are right behind them with four points.

Additionally, this team has been solid on the penalty kill. The Bruins have killed off 87 percent of their opponents’ power plays this season thanks to some great forechecking from their forwards. All too often, the defensemen are given the credit or the blame for a team’s penalty kill, but Boston’s front line has really helped matters in this area.

Conversely, the Rangers have a middle of the pack penalty kill and an above average power play.

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Both teams have a game on Monday night prior to this one. The Bruins will be hosting a Minnesota Wild team that is not off to the blazing start it was last year, while the Rangers will be hosting the Columbus Blue Jackets. There isn’t a lot of distance between these two cities, so fatigue and travel won’t be factors.

I really like Boston in this spot. Lundqvist has not looked sharp this year, but you will still be able to get Boston as an underdog because the game is in MSG. Look for the Bruins to notch a comfortable victory on enemy ice.

Bruins at Rangers Pick: Jump on the Bruins as an underdog in New York
Bruins at Rangers Score Prediction: Bruins 4 – Rangers 1

Pittsburgh Penguins Vs Washington Capitals Picks, NHL Betting Lines

NHL Betting: Penguins at Capitals Game 5 Odds

Written by Mike Rose of North Shore Sports, INC

If your favorite hockey team didn’t make the playoffs this season, make the games more interesting by betting on the NHL odds at BookMaker Sportsbook! This is the only online wagering outlet that offers early NHL spreads and totals. The matchup between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals will start at 7:15 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at Verizon Center. Game 5 of this series will be televised live on NBC.


The President’s Trophy winners are down 3-1 to the Pittsburgh Penguins and now need three straight wins in order to move to the Eastern Conference Finals. It’s a tall order for any team, but if there is a team that can do it in the East, it’s the Washington Capitals.

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Washington will be favored in this game since it is back in DC and because it’s do or die.
The Capitals don’t want to join the list of teams that posted the top regular season record only to completely fizzle out in the playoffs. Every game so far has been decided by just one goal which highlights how close these two teams are in terms of overall skill.


Matt Murray has been absolutely phenomenal in net for Pittsburgh this series and his play this postseason has kept the highly compensated Marc-Andre Fleury on the bench. Although he’s just a rookie, he hasn’t shown any of the jitters one might expect from a young player in the playoffs.

After giving up four goals in the series opener, Murray bounced back to suffocate the high-powered Capitals offense in the next three. Murray is 6-1 with a .944 save percentage in the playoffs and his play has been fabulous backstopping a Pens team that allows numerous shots on net.

Braden Holtby dominated against the toothless Philadelphia Flyers in the first round, allowing just six goals in the series’ six games. However, the script has been flipped in the first four games against the Penguins. Holtby has let in 11 goals heading into Game 5 and although he hasn’t made any boneheaded decisions that have led to goals, Pittsburgh’s aggressive style has gotten to him.

The Penguins are putting pucks on net at a rate Philadelphia couldn’t and now Holtby looks much more beatable because of it.


Pittsburgh and Washington have played each other extremely close thus far this series with one goal deciding every game to this point. All of those but Game 3 saw a game that was tied for the most part, but one team scored late to win it.

Betting on the over in the first period is probably a good move. Capitals’ head coach Barry Trotz will likely shake things up a bit and have Washington playing an ultra-aggressive style to try to jump out to an early lead on the Pens. For their part, with Kris Letang back in the line-up, Pittsburgh’s offense and power play will get a kick and will have more chances.


This has been the physical, fast paced series that the NHL wants in order to expand its audience. However that physicality led to two crucial suspensions, one of which has been killing the Capitals. Brooks Orpik’s hit on Olli Maatta led to a three game suspension for Orpik and Washington has been greatly missing his absence. Orpik is a big physical defender that knows how to use his body to ride wings into the boards and is capable of bone-crushing checks, but his head shot on Maatta that was completely outside the area of play was uncalled for.

Pittsburgh had a somewhat similar situation happen in Game 3 with Kris Letang, but Letang’s hit was much more in the line of play and led to just a one game suspension. Now Letang is back for Game 5 and ready to lead the Pens to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Without Orpik, Washington has been struggling to stop the Pens but he’ll be unavailable in Game 5 due to the suspension. Many will expect the Caps to come back in Game 5 and send the series back to Pittsburgh, but without Orpik they might not be able to do that.

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NHL Odds: Penguins 3, Capitals 1