A pair of Eastern Conference teams look to pick up a victory as they take the ice in Beantown on Black Friday. The New York Rangers are on the road as they travel to face the Boston Bruins Friday afternoon. New York comes in off a 4-1 win on the road over the Islanders in a crosstown battle Wednesday night in their most recent contest. Boston drubbed Buffalo 5-1 on the road in their most recent game on Wednesday night. The Bruins have won seven of the last 10 meetings between the teams though it was the Rangers picking up a 5-4 victory on the road in the most recent matchup back on May 8, 2021.
New York Rangers Seeking Third Straight WinNew York won their second straight game and their sixth in the last seven games as they beat the crosstown Islanders in their previous game on the road Wednesday night. The Rangers enter this one third in the Metropolitan Division, two points behind the Hurricanes and Capitals for the division lead. New York is average offensively this season as they average 2.84 goals per contest, leaving them tied for 16th in the league in goals per game. The Rangers are tied for 10th in the league in goals against per game as they give up 2.74 goals a night. New York is mediocre with the man advantage as they convert 21.1% of their chances on the power play, which is 12th in the league. The Rangers are below average in the penalty killing department as they successfully navigate 79.7% of their shorthanded situations, putting them 20th in the league.
Mr. PPG as per usual. pic.twitter.com/nLIMOT532U— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) November 25, 2021
Against the Islanders, the Rangers took advantage of their crosstown rivals offensive issues and skated away with a victory. New York saw the shots even at eight in the opening period with neither team lighting the lamp, keeping things scoreless after one period of action. In the second period, the Rangers were outshot 8-7 but outscored the Islanders 2-0 to lead by that margin after two periods. Chris Kreider opened the scoring with his 14th of the year, on the power play, at the 29-second mark off assists from Adam Fox and Ryan Strome. Later in the period, Kevin Rooney scored his fourth of the year at 14:28 off assists from Barclay Goodrow and Ryan Reaves for a 2-0 advantage. In the third period, the Rangers held a 6-5 shot advantage and outscored the Islanders 2-1 to earn the win. After the Islanders trimmed the lead to one goal, Rooney scored his second of the game and fifth of the year at 4:12 off assists from Patrik Nemeth and Reaves. Kreider closed the scoring with his second of the game and 15th of the year at 11:02 off assists from Kaapo Kakko and Mika Zibanejad. Igor Shesterkin made 20 saves for the Rangers, in a game where the shots were even at 21, in the victory. He’s expected to be between the pipes again here.
Boston Bruins Seek to Stay HotBoston won for the fourth time in five games as they jumped on Buffalo early and went on to the victory. The Bruins enter this one fourth in the Atlantic Division, 11 points behind the Panthers for the division lead. On the year, Boston is 13th in scoring as they average 3.13 goals per game on the season. The Bruins are tied for 12th in goals against as they allow 2.75 goals per contest. Boston is 7th in power play success as they have cashed in 24.5% of their chances with the man advantage on the year. The Bruins are 11th in penalty killing as they successfully navigate through 83.7% of their shorthanded situations on the season.
Against the Sabres, the Bruins jumped all over Buffalo early on the road and cruised the rest of the way to a victory. The Bruins outshot Buffalo 22-8 in the opening stanza and took a 4-1 lead to the dressing room after 20 minutes of play. After falling behind 1-0, Patrice Bergeron tied the game with his seventh of the year at 13:29 off assists from Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak. Less than a minute later, it was Charlie Coyle netting his sixth of the season at 14:20 off an assist from Nick Foligno for a 2-1 lead. Pastrnak made it a 3-1 game with his sixth of the season, on the power play, at 16:59 off assists from Bergeron and Charlie McAvoy. Mike Reilly extended to a 4-1 margin with his second of the year at 19:00 with assists going to Foligno and Jakob Zboril. In the second period, the Bruins were outshot 14-7 with neither side scoring, leaving it a 4-1 game after two periods. The final period saw Boston with a commanding 18-3 shot advantage and they scored the only goal of the period to put the game away. Logan Stanley scored his first of the season, unassisted, at 15:26 to close the scoring. Jeremy Swayman made 24 saves for the Bruins, who outshot the Sabres 47-25, in the game. He’s expected to get the start in goal here.
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Full-Game Side Bet
Both teams have some positive momentum heading into this one as the Rangers have won six of seven while the Bruins have taken four of their last five. What may separate these two teams right now is the depth of scoring options. New York has a more balanced attack than Boston does as the Bruins rely heavily on their top line of Marchand, Pastrnak and Bergeron. The Bruins have to get more consistent production from their second and third lines. Shesterkin has been on a roll between the pipes of late and the Rangers are clicking right now. Give the upper hand to the visitors as they find a way to prevail here.
Full-Game Total Pick
New York comes into this game having seen the under post a 11-7-1 record in their 19 games this season. The Rangers have seen an average of just 5.58 goals per game on the season. That number drops slightly to 5.33 goals per game on the road this season. Boston has seen the over hit in nine of their 16 games on the season. The Bruins have seen an average total of 5.88 goals per game on the year though that trends down to 5.63 goals per game on the road this season. The under has hit in eight of the last 10 meetings between these teams. With solid goaltending for both sides, you have to think that this one winds up short of the mark.