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Rangers, Bruins play Game 1 in Boston

The New York Rangers and the Boston Bruins will open up their best-of-seven second-round NHL betting series on Thursday night as the Eastern Conference clubs hit the ice at TD Garden.

The Rangers knocked out the Washington Capitals in seven games in the first round of the playoffs, while the Bruins bounced the Toronto Maple Leafs in seven games to open their postseason. New York is 7-3 in its past 10 games against Boston.

Boston will face the 26-18-4 Rangers. In totals betting, the Bruins are 16-28-4 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Rangers are 16-22-10 favoring the OVER.

View NY Rangers vs Boston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Rangers were listed as +-147 underdogs on the hockey moneyline earlier at Bovada. The total was set at 5 before betting started earlier on Monday at BetOnline.

Power Rankings:
This game puts the Bruins, most recently No. 4 in the Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings, up against the Rangers, who rate a No. 9 in the latest survey.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Boston's No. 11-ranked offense (2.7 goals per game) against a Rangers defense that ranks No. 4 at 2.3 goals per game allowed. The Bruins powerplay has clicked at a 14.8% rate while the Rangers have a 81.1% rate on the penalty kill.

New York was a 5-0 winner in its last match on the road against the Capitals. They won as +113 underdogs, while the total score of 5 made winners of PUSH bettors.

Last time out for Boston, they were a 5-4 winner as they battled the Maple Leafs at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Bruins at -165 were rewarded, while the 9 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

New York Rangers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 2-8
Before playing Florida are 6-4
After playing Washington are 6-4
After a win are 6-4

Boston Bruins Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Ottawa are 5-5
After playing Toronto are 6-4
After a win are 4-6

A few Rangers at Bruins trends to consider:
NY Rangers are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing on the road against Boston
NY Rangers are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games
NY Rangers are 7-2 SU in their last 9 games when playing Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of the NY Rangers last 10 games when playing on the road against Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Boston's last 10 games when playing at home against NY Rangers
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston's last 6 games
Boston is 2-7 SU in their last 9 games when playing NY Rangers
Boston is 1-5 SU in their last 6 games when playing at home against NY Rangers

Next up:
NY Rangers at Boston, Sunday, May 19