New York Rangers (28-14-0-1 SU, 24-19 PL, 23-16-4 O/U) vs Montreal Canadiens (26-11-5-1 SU, 28-15 PL, 19-16-8 O/U)
When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, January 14, 2016
Where: Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec
Lines: Montreal -124/ New York +129
Big battle in the Eastern Conference this evening as the New York Rangers brawl with the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. The Rangers are off a home loss to the Maple Leafs, while the Canadiens enter off a real bad 7-1 road loss at the hands of Minnesota. The Under is 15-6-6 the last 27 games in this series.
Rangers Stunned at Home By Leafs
The New York Rangers are off a bad home loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. They had come into this game having won five of their previous six games. The Rangers have really struggled in the crease of late as they have allowed 4.0 gpg in their last nine games. Just not good at all. They are now in 4th place in the Metro Division, which has become the toughest division in the NHL this year. Scoring in the loss to t6he Leafs was Chris Kreider, which was his 17th of the year and J.T. Miller, which was his 13 of the year. The Rangers have the offense this year, but if they keep struggling in the net, then they will have problems as the season goes on. The Rangers have played some exciting high scoring game those.
Getting the nod in this one for the Rangers will be Antti Raanta, who is 10-4 with a 2.28 GAA on the year, including 6-1 with a 2.25 GAA on the road, while vs the Canadiens in his career he has gone 2-0 with a 2.30 GAA. The Rangers check in at 1st in the league in scoring at 3.43 gpg, while also ranking 21st in shots taken (29.2 spg) and 3rd in power play conversions, converting on 23.2% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice they have been solid as they rank 9th in goals allowed, giving up 2.52 gpg, while also ranking 9th in shots allowed (29.1) and 10th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 16.9% of their chances.
Montreal Is Crushed by The Wild
Just one game after the canadiens beat Winnipeg by a score of 74, they fell in their next game by a score of 7-1. That loss was at Minnesota and now they look to get back on track here at home where they have been very strong this year, going 15-6 at the Bell Centre so far. They will also be looking for their offense to bounce back from the loss in Minnesota, against a New York team that has been giving away goals at wholesale of late. Scoring their lone goal in the loss to the Wild was Tomas Plekanec, which came with just nine seconds left in t6he game to avoid the shutout. It was his 6th goal of the year. Despite the loss, the Canadiens still hold a nine-point lead over Boston in the Atlantic Division.
Taking the loss against the Wild was Carey Price, who is now 20-11 with a 2.28 GAA on the year including 14-6 with a 2.00 GAA here at home, while vs the Rangers in his career he has gone 12-6 with a 1.74. GAA.The Canadiens enter this game ranked 5th in the league in scoring at 3.07 gpg, while also ranking 8th in shots taken (30.7 spg) and 7th in power play conversions, converting on 22.1% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice they have been solid as they are 8th in goals allowed, giving up 2.49 gpg, while also ranking 14th in shots allowed (30.0) and 23rd in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 21.4% of their chances.
New York is:
- 1-4 in their last five vs. the Atlantic
- 4-12 in the last 16 meetings in Montreal
- 38-17 in their last 55 Saturday games
The Rangers are playing pretty well, while the Canadiens continue to be mediocre of late and they are come off a 7-1 thrashing at the Hands of the Wild. Still, I feel that will motivate this team vs a rangers squad that really has been mediocre on the road this year. The Habs have played very well at home this year and Price gets the edge over Lundqvist. Take Montreal in this one.