Every series is now underway and with Canadian teams getting swept in their respective ice-breakers, the Habs will look to become the first team from the Great White North to get a win in these playoffs. The first matchup between the Canadiens and Rangers was, rather predictably, a goaltender’s duel between Carey Price and Henrik Lundqvist and with the two netminders in line for the starts this evening, we could have another low-scoring affair on our hands.
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- Henrik Lundqvist and Carey Price combined to stop 60 of 61 shots in Game 1.
- The visiting team is 3-0 SU in the last 3 games in this matchup and 6-0 on the puckline in the last 6.
- The Rangers are 9-2 SU in their last 11 games against the Canadiens in the playoffs.
In the eight playoff games so far the UNDER has cashed six times and there’s been a grand total of zero OVERs. That’s the best trend that’s developed in the early stages of Lord Stanley’s playoffs and if Carey and King Henrik keep chugging along, it’s likely going to continue.
Keep in mind, however, that Mr. Lundqvist has some of his worst career numbers against the Habs and his performance in Game 1 was an anomaly. In 35 career appearances against the Canadiens, Lundy has a sub .900 save percentage and in his three appearances against them in the 2016-17 regular season, he posted an .871 save percentage along with a 4.04 goals against average – yikes.
The Rangers have done most of their significant work on the road this season and if they’re able to get the W in Game 2, they’ll put a stranglehold on the series going back to New York. Expect the Canadiens to throw everything at Henrik tonight in an attempt to even the series as they’ll feel confident going into a building where the Rangers have lost eight of their last 10 contests if series is all square.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Montreal Canadiens as -157 moneyline favorites in this particular NHL betting matchup earlier. The over under total, meanwhile, was set early at 5 before betting started to move the line at Bet365.
Odds – Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 2.6-2.4 win for the Rangers on Friday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.
New York Rangers vs Montreal Canadiens Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
This season the Montreal Canadiens are 47-27-9 overall while the New York Rangers are 49-28-6. As for the totals, Montreal is 29-39-15 on the OU, and New York is 40-37-6. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Montreal vs New York injuries news.
This game puts the Montreal Canadiens, most recently No. 15 in the Odds – Shark NHL Power Rankings, up against the New York Rangers, who rate a No. 12 in the latest survey.
Offensively, the game matches up the Montreal Canadiens No. 17-ranked offense (2.72 goals per game) against a New York Rangers defense that ranks No. 13 at 2.65 goals per game allowed. The Canadiens powerplay has clicked at a 19.4% rate while the Rangers have a 80.18% rate on the penalty kill.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
New York won its last outing, a 2-0 result against the Canadiens on April 12. Bettors who backed the Rangers at +136 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (2) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.
- NY Rangers is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of NY Rangers’s last 5 games
- NY Rangers is 17-8 ATS in its last 25 games on the road
- NY Rangers is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games on the road
- Montreal is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
- Montreal is 15-7 SU in its last 22 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Montreal’s last 6 games
- Montreal is 5-10 ATS in its last 15 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
New York home to Montreal, Sunday, April 16th