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Rangers Continue to Struggle Against Habs on Home Ice

Coming off yet another embarrassing effort on their home ice Sunday, the Rangers should be a desperate team coming into Tuesday night’s game against the Canadiens. Another loss would put New York down three games to one and that’s a hole not many teams climb out of, with just 9.5 percent of them doing so since the 2005 lockout season.

SHARK BITES
  • The Rangers are 2-9 SU and 0-11 on the puckline in their last 11 games at Madison Square Garden.
  • The visiting team is 8-0 on the puckline in the last 8 games in this matchup.
  • The Canadiens are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games on the road against the Rangers.

It wasn’t until the final few minutes of Game 3 that the Rangers managed any kind of threat on Carey Price. He had to make just 20 saves in the Habs’ 3-1 win and most of those shots came from long range. Montreal’s defensive depth has shone through this postseason and with the offense – a.k.a. Alex Radulov (five points in three games) – starting to find its groove against the Rangers’ weak backline, this series could be over quickly.

Oddsmakers opened this game with the Rangers slightly favored but it had been bet to pick’em at the time of writing. New York has been awful at Madison Square Garden basically all season and the Blueshirts will most likely be playing their final game in the historic building this campaign if they can’t get the victory tonight.

New York’s major weakness has been on the power play as the only team in the playoffs that hasn’t scored this postseason with the man advantage. The Habs have gotten their bearings in the series after a rocky start and it looks like their sights are now set on the second round. They shut down the Rangers at every turn in Game 3 and bettors should expect that to continue.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to side with the New York Rangers in this one found them earlier as -115 favorites on the NHL money line at Bet365. Betting the over under total instead? It was hovering near 5 at its open earlier today at BetOnline and may have moved.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 2.8-2.5 win for the Rangers. 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 Rangers sit at 49-29-7 on the season; in comparison, the Montreal Canadiens are currently 49-27-9. Looking to wager on the totals? New York is 41-38-6 OU, and Montreal is 30-40-15 OU. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and New York vs Montreal injuries news.

The Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings have the New York Rangers at No. 12 and the Montreal Canadiens at No. 15 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits New York's No. 4-ranked offense, averaging 3.08 goals per game, against a Canadiens defense that ranks No. 2 at 2.42 goals allowed. The Rangers power play is averaging 19.42% while the Canadiens defense kills off 81.99% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Montreal won its last outing, a 3-1 result against the Rangers on April 16. Bettors who backed the Canadiens at -105 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Betting Trends
  • Montreal is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Montreal is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Montreal's last 8 games
  • Montreal is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
  • NY Rangers is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
  • NY Rangers is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of NY Rangers's last 6 games
  • NY Rangers is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Montreal home to New York, Thursday, April 20th

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