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Julien Getting the Canadiens' Ship Turned Around

With 84 points so far, the fourth-place Rangers are ahead of the division leaders in both the Pacific and the Atlantic. Montreal, the team on top of the Atlantic, will head to the Big Apple tonight with the Habs looking for their fifth straight win as they go up against a Rangers squad that has seriously slowed down at the offensive end.

SHARK BITES
  • Carey Price has stopped 82 of the last 85 shots he’s faced.
  • The Canadiens are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games against the Rangers.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of the Canadiens' last 8 games.

It’s clear that Claude Julien is making a big difference in the City of Saints. Since the former Bruins’ bench boss took over head coaching duties in Montreal, the team is 5-2-0 and has allowed an average of just two goals per game. They’ve managed to extend their lead in the Atlantic after it looked like they would give it up to Ottawa but it’s games like tonight they’ll need to get a point from if they want to hold off the Sens.

As for the Rangers, they’ve been having trouble scoring of late, getting just five goals from their last three games. That’s something out of the ordinary for the Blueshirts as they’ve been a top five goal-scoring team since very early on. The Canadiens are not a team you want to run into when you’re struggling to score and with how they managed to slow down the Predators on Thursday, I’ll be siding with the UNDER this evening.

Prior to the Habs’ and Preds’ meeting two days ago, Nashville had scored five goals in all of its last three games and Filip Forsberg had 10 goals in his previous five contests. Montreal held the streaking Swede to just two shots on goal and managed to keep the game between the blue lines for most of the night.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The New York Rangers were listed earlier today as -125 moneyline favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including Bovada), while odds makers set the opening betting total around 5.

Odds Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 2.9-2.5 win for the Canadiens on Saturday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Montreal Canadiens vs New York Rangers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Montreal Canadiens will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 36-21-8 this season, while the Rangers are 41-21-2. Montreal is 25-30-10 against the total, while New York is 33-27-4 versus the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and New York vs Montreal injuries news.

It's an NHL hockey betting matchup between the No. 23-rated New York Rangers and the No. 27-ranked Montreal Canadiens, according to the latest NHL power poll here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits New York's No. 4-ranked offense, averaging 3.27 goals per game, against a Canadiens defense that ranks No. 7 at 2.52 goals allowed. The Rangers power play is averaging 18.09% while the Canadiens defense kills off 80.27% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Last time out for Montreal, they were a 2-1 winner as they battled the Predators at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Canadiens at -122 were rewarded, while the 3 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Last time out for New York, they were a 2-1 winner as they battled the Bruins on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Rangers at +137 were rewarded, while the 3 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Betting Trends
  • NY Rangers is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
  • NY Rangers is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of NY Rangers's last 7 games
  • NY Rangers is 2-16 ATS in its last 18 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Montreal at Vancouver, Tuesday, March 7th
New York at Tampa Bay, Monday, March 6th

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