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Goals Are Rare When NYR, MTL Meet

New York Rangers Henrik Lundqvist

The Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers clash Wednesday night with the Eastern Conference lead hanging in the balance. With arguably the two best goaltenders on planet earth in net, goals have been hard to come by with the UNDER hitting in four of the past five games between the Habs and Rangers. In each of those four UNDERs, either Carey Price or Henrik Lundqvist recorded a shutout.

Shark Bites
  • The Canadiens will also be without Torrey Mitchell who sustained a lower body injury.
  • Henrik Lundqvist leads the NHL in GAA, save percentage and wins.
  • The Canadiens are 4-2 in the last six games against the Rangers.

The Canadiens enter Wednesday night winning three of their past four, but will be without top-line right winger Brendan Gallagher who will miss six to eight weeks with two broken fingers. The right wing depth for the Habs is questionable, which has forced the team to put Devante Smith-Pelly on the top line.

The Rangers have been playing out of their minds at Madison Square Garden this season with a 10-1-1 home record, which includes nine consecutive wins. The nine-game winning streak at MSG has seen the Rangers outscore their opponents 36-11.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to side with the New York Rangers in this one found them earlier as -133 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.

Odds Shark prediction models pick the Rangers to win this game 0.2-0. 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 New York Rangers currently sport a record of 16-3-2. The Montreal Canadiens are 16-4-2. Betting totals have seen the Rangers post a 6-11-4 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Canadiens have gone 13-7-2 against the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and New York vs Montreal injuries news.

According to new NHL Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, it's the No. 6-ranked New York Rangers and the No. 1-rated Montreal Canadiens in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the New York Rangers No. 5-ranked offense (3.14 goals per game) against a Montreal Canadiens defense that ranks No. 4 at 2.27 goals per game allowed. The Rangers powerplay has clicked at a 21.74% rate while the Canadiens have a 85.92% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Montreal was a 4-2 winner in its last match at home against the Islanders. They won as favorites, while the total score of 6 made winners of OVER bettors.

New York was a 3-0 winner in its last match at home against the Predators. They won as favorites, while the total score of 3 made winners of UNDER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Montreal is 16-6 SU in its last 22 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Montreal's last 7 games
  • Montreal is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Montreal's last 5 games on the road
  • NY Rangers is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games
  • NY Rangers is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in 12 of NY Rangers's last 18 games at home
  • NY Rangers is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Montreal

Next Betting Matchups

Montreal at New Jersey, Friday, November 27th
New York at Boston, Friday, November 27th