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#67 Montreal Canadiens -115 vs.
#68 N.Y. Rangers 6.5
Friday, December 6, 2019 at 7:05pm EST
Madison Square Garden, New York
Written by Adam Rauzino

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The New York Rangers will host the Montreal Canadiens in an Eastern Conference tilt Friday night from Madison Square Garden. The Canadiens are coming off a 3-2 home loss to the Avalanche, and the Rangers logged a 3-2 road win over the Blue Jackets on Thursday night. The Rangers tallied a 6-5 road win against the Canadiens late last month.

Canadiens Woes Resume in Loss to Avs

The Montreal Canadiens head out on a brief two-game road trip starting in this one. They recently lost eight consecutive games which they snapped with a win on Tuesday night but returned to their losing ways in a 3-2 home defeat against the Avalanche on Thursday night. Canadiens’ point leader Tomas Tatar has cooled off quite a bit, going three consecutive games without recording a point. The ninth-year left-winger recorded 13 points last month, and he has nine goals along with 15 assists on the season.

Max Domi has also not been nearly as productive recently, earning only one point in his last four games. The 24-year old center isn’t having the season many expected, logging only six goals along with 11 assists. He did have a big night against the Rangers last month, netting two goals and an assist. Montreal owns a 5-4-2 road record on the season.

The Canadiens will have Carey Price between the pipes. The veteran netminder is having a subpar season, especially for his standards. He owns a 3.13 GAA and an .899 save percentage accompanied with an 11-9-3 record. Montreal is scoring an average of 3.3 goals, good for eighth in the NHL. Their defensive play is an issue and they are squandering an average of 3.5 goals, positioning them 28th overall.

Rangers Defeat Columbus for Fifth Win in Last Seven Games

The New York Rangers return home after recording a 3-2 road win in Columbus on Thursday night. New York is playing well, posting a 5-1-1 record in their last seven games. Artemi Panarin found the back of the net for his 13th goal of the season in Thursday’s victory. The 28-year old left-winger continues to excel, collecting nine points in his last seven games. Panarin scored a goal along with an assist against the Habs last month, and he is having a stellar year, posting a team-leading 34 points.

Mika Zibanejad is locked in, recording at least one point in each of his last three games. The 26-year old center has missed a month due to injury and he is producing at a high clip, registering 16 points in 15 games played. New York is 8-5-1-1 on home ice this season.

The Rangers will have Henrik Lundqvist guard the cage in the second game of a back-to-back. Lundqvist features a 7-6-2 record along with a strong .910 save percentage but is carrying a poor 3.21 GAA on the season. The Rangers are scoring an average of 3.2 goals, good for 10th in the NHL. They are allowing an average of 3.3 goals pegging them down at 25th overall.

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I am siding with the Rangers in this clash. The Canadiens have been one of the worst teams in the NHL recently, losing nine out of their last ten games overall. Their defense continues to be exploited and even star goalie Carey Price has not been nearly as sharp as usual.

Furthermore, the Rangers are going in the opposite direction of the Habs, sporting a 5-1-1 record in their last seven games overall. They are also very good on home ice where they have won four out of their last five games overall. New York’s defensive play has been outstanding, allowing two or fewer goals in four out of their last six games.

Prediction: New York Rangers

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I expect a high scoring battle. These teams played to a wild 6-5 decision in the only meeting this season a few weeks ago. Montreal’s defensive play has been a disaster and they have squandered an average of 4.3 goals in their last ten games overall, so I expect New York to have no issues scoring. The over is 5-1 in the Canadiens’ last six games overall.

In addition, Montreal’s offense hasn’t been the issue in their woes. They scored five goals against the Rangers last month and Henrik Lundqvist is not having a good season as he holds a 3.21 GAA. The over is 3-0-1 in the last four meetings between these teams and it should cash again.

Prediction: Over

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The over on the Rangers team total available on PointsBet is a recommended option. The Rangers' greatest strength this season is their offense and the Canadiens defense and goaltending has been poor. Montreal has surrendered four or more goals in six out of their last ten games. They are also playing their second game in as many nights on the road.

Prediction: Rangers Team Total Over

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I am selecting the over on the first period total as well. Montreal’s first period has been their best from an offensive standpoint. They have accumulated 32 goals in their 29 games in the first period this season. The Rangers have a ton of momentum and I expect their confidence to carry forward into the first period after grabbing another win on Thursday night in Columbus.

Prediction: First Period Total Over
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Written By Adam Rauzino

Adam has been a sports fanatic his entire life, closely following hockey, baseball, basketball and football. Adam enjoys analyzing various stats, as well as studying Sabermetrics and analytics to take his picks to a whole new level. Adam has a passion for writing about various sports as well as personal finance and has brought his talents to us here at Winners and Whiners. He graduated with a diploma in business marketing and business finance.