Friday night, February 12th the Boston Bruins (9-1-2) will be facing off against the New York Rangers (4-5-3) in the World’s Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden at 7 p.m. ET. Below, we will be analyzing what to anticipate when the high-powered offense of the Bruins visits the young, inexperienced Rangers.
Odds, Spreads, and Lines
Last updated: February 11th, 3:45 p.m.
Moneyline: Bruins (-165), Rangers (+143)
Puckline: Bruins -1.5 (+155), Rangers +1.5(-182)
Over/Under: 5.5 (O -119), (U +107)
The Bruins squared off against the Rangers earlier this week on Wednesday night. The Bruins earned their 2 points the hard way defeating the Rangers in overtime off their point leading center, Brad Marchand’s goal. It was his 16th point in only 12 games played in the season.
Tied with Marchand for 16 points in the season is their highly respected captain, Patrice Bergeron. Considering Bergeron has positives on both sides of the ice, look for him to score some time throughout the contest.
On the other side of the ice will be the young breakout star, Artemi “The Breadman” Panarin. Leading the Rangers in all 3 categories of points, goals, and assists expect dominant flashes of the highly talented Panarin.
Bruins vs Rangers Betting Analysis: Moneyline (ML)
On Wednesday night, the Bruins began at (-180) favorites over the Rangers in an away game. A favorite of that magnitude shows the belief Vegas has in the Bruins as the NHL is a very popular sport to parlay a bunch of favorites. However, people forget that any team is capable of outworking their opponent on any given night.
This Friday night, they open at (-165) favorites, a little less likely to win than the previous matchup as the game went into overtime and had one more bounce gone the Rangers way they wouldn’t have gained 2 points.
The Rangers main struggle this season thus far has been their lack of consistency. Their resumé displays the greatness they are capable of, yet at times they have let the games slip away from their control. With wins against the Islanders, Penguins, Sabres, and Capitals they have shown they can play a high level of hockey with anybody.
It may be a risky play to take the Rangers moneyline (+143), but expect them to be on their A game tomorrow night. Avoid parlaying the Bruins with other teams as they may possibly be the one loser.
If you believe in line movement then make sure you read this. The over/under line opened at 6.5 and is currently at 5.5. A decrease in one whole goal in a hockey game is crucial and deserves the attention.
Favor the under in this game. The Bruins average 3.21 goals per game while allowing only 2.43 goals against. The Rangers average only 2.58 goals per game and allow 2.67 goals per game. Do the math and you will see both teams are at an average below the over/under of 5.5.
I anticipate that this will be another close matchup with a 1 goal deficit as the outcome. The Rangers at +1.5 (-182) stands out as a great value bet. However, it is important to keep in mind that any game coming down to the wire comes with the possibility of an empty netter goal.
Expect a lot of after the whistle nonsense and scraps to occur in the crease. Penalty minutes should stack up and give the opportunity of several power plays.
Free Pick: Rangers ML (+143)