The New York Rangers head into Boston on Saturday for an Original Six matchup. The Rangers were able to hold on Thursday night, as they defeated the Chicago Blackhawks by a score of 4-3. The Blackhawks have been terrible this season, so it’s not much of a win, but the Rangers will take a win whatever way they can get it.
They continue to play solid hockey at home; however, it’s like they turn into a different team when they travel outside of NYC. Madison Square Garden certainly has given the Rangers an assist this season. There comes a day, though, where they’re going to have to figure it out away from home. That includes Lundqvist, who has been trash in particular on the road.
Meanwhile, the Bruins have made TD Garden a hostile environment for opposing teams. They’ve been hot with a record of 17-6-1 in Boston, with their most recent win a 5-2 rout of the Blues. The Bruins look like they’re going to the playoffs, but their seeding could be anywhere. From a wildcard to the 2nd seed in the Eastern Conference, everything is pretty much on the table at the moment. The entire conference is clumped together without much wiggle room right now.
If things remain this close as we head into the final week of the regular season, we’re going to be in for a real treat. Things are a little more spread out on the Western Conference, but again, it’s going to be a wide open race in the playoffs. The Rangers go into Boston with wins in their previous two games. They are also winners in three of their last four games. We’ll see what happens when they hit the road to face a quality Bruins team. Get our free Rangers vs. Bruins pick below.
N.Y. Rangers vs. Boston Bruins Pick
The Rangers have been competent at home, as they’ve recorded a record of 13-6-2. They may have been thinking about the playoffs if their record on the road was somewhat adequate. The Rangers enter with a record of 7-14-2 and have only 1 win in their last five attempts on the road. While they are scoring an average of 2.79 goals per game and allowing 3.4 goals, which is not good at all to begin with, their numbers get much worse outside of MSG. The Rangers have scored an average of 2.48 goals and allowed 4.17 goals per game on the road. In their last ten games overall, they’ve given up 4 goals per game, so the defence has continued to struggle to contain teams. The Bruins have been the total opposite in that respect.
Lundqvist has held strong with a 2.69 at home, but his numbers regress to a 3.56 GAA on the road. Whatever has ailed them is unlikely to get fixed against Brad Marchand and company. Boston have been on point with 3.54 goals scored per game. The defence has helped out as well, posting a mark of 2.42 goals per game. Overall the Bruins are 2nd in the NHL with respects to goals against. This should be a good game, but I think it’s going to play out similar to what happened against the Blues. The Rangers may hang around for a couple of periods, but ultimately flop in the final period. A 4-2 game in favour of the Bruins looks like an accurate result on Saturday night at TD Garden.