NHL Odds: Canadiens host Rangers
The Montreal Canadiens have managed to pick up the win in seven of their last 10 games against the New York Rangers as those Original Six teams meet in NHL betting action on Saturday night.
Montreal is also 2-0 against New York so far this season, outscoring them 6-1 in a pair of UNDER results for totals bettors at the sportsbooks. The two teams last met on February 23, with Montreal blanking New York 3-0 behind goaltender Carey Price.
The Rangers will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 16-14-3 this season, while the Canadiens are 21-7-5. New York is 9-18-6 against the total, while Montreal is 18-15 versus the number.
If you're backing the visitors in this one, they Rangers listed earlier today as underdogs of +-157 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 5, depending on the book.
This game matches up the No. 4 (Canadiens) and the No. 18 (Rangers) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Montreal's No. 4-ranked offense (3.2 goals per game) against a Rangers defense that ranks No. 5 at 2.5 goals per game allowed. The Canadiens powerplay has clicked at a 20.7% rate while the Rangers have a 80.7% rate on the penalty kill.
New York lost its last outing, a 3-0 result against the Senators on March 28. Bettors who backed the Senators at +102 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.
Last time out for Montreal, they were a 6-5 winner as they battled the Bruins on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Canadiens at +155 were rewarded, while the 11 goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.
New York Rangers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Florida are 5-5
After playing Ottawa are 5-5
After a loss are 4-6
Montreal Canadiens Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 1-9
Before playing Carolina are 6-4
After playing Boston are 5-5
After a win are 4-6
A few Rangers at Canadiens trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of the NY Rangers last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the NY Rangers last 6 games on the road
NY Rangers are 3-6 SU in their last 9 games
NY Rangers are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games on the road
Montreal is 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against NY Rangers
Montreal is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing NY Rangers
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Montreal's last 14 games
Montreal is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
NY Rangers home to Winnipeg, Monday, April 1
Montreal home to Carolina, Monday, April 1