NHL Betting Preview: Boston Bruins vs. New York Rangers Odds, Analysis

OddsShark.comFeatured ColumnistMarch 23, 2016

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), of Sweden, stops a shot on goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers, Monday, March 21, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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The New York Rangers (41-24-8) will not be able to catch the Washington Capitals (52-15-5) for the Metropolitan Division title with only nine games left until the postseason.

However, the Rangers are still fighting for home ice in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, and so are the Boston Bruins (39-26-8) when they meet Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.

New York is a consensus minus-140 favorite (bet $140 to win $100) at sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark and has split two meetings with Boston this season, with each of them winning as a home favorite by one goal.

The Bruins are third in the Atlantic Division, three points behind the Florida Panthers. They will be playing the finale of a four-game road trip in New York and lost the first three on the West Coast by a combined score of 9-3.

Prior to the trip, Boston had seen four of its previous five games go to overtime, splitting them 2-2. The Bruins will play again Thursday versus the Panthers at home in another important matchup.

The Rangers are second in the Metropolitan, two points ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Like Boston with Florida, New York will also get to play Pittsburgh again down the stretch, hosting the Penguins on March 27. Until then, the Rangers must try to earn every win they can because they have played one more game than Pittsburgh.

They are coming off a 4-2 win over the Panthers as comparable home favorites Monday after dropping four of their previous five. New York’s Rick Nash tallied his first goal since December 30 in his sixth game back from a leg injury after missing nearly seven weeks.

The Bruins have won 10 of the past 13 meetings with the Rangers dating back to their matchup in the 2013 conference semifinals, according to the Odds Shark NHL Database.

Boston is 6-2 in eight meetings since then, with New York winning the last one 2-1 at MSG on January 11. Jesper Fast scored the game-winner for the Rangers on a deflection in front of the net with one minute, 42 seconds left, and goalie Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves.