New York Rangers will host Montreal Canadiens in the NHL action on Tuesday evening. The hosts want to keep up where they left off and celebrate another victory. The away side hopes to improve its results and will look forward to winning this clash.
New York enjoys a very good form, and they are on a sound track to secure the post-season spot. The home side celebrated three times in a row, and this is going to be their second straight home game. On the other hand, Montreal cannot be happy with its current campaign. The visitors haven’t played well lately, and they seek an improvement.
New York Rangers – Can they win once again?
The Rangers can be satisfied with their campaign so far, and they are in positive momentum. New York is third in the Metropolitan Division with a 9-3-3 record, and they are quite comfortable in the playoffs zone at the moment. They go to this game after three straight wins, and the latest one came against the Devils after a penalty shootout. Kaapo Kakko led the Rangers to a victory with a goal and an assist, while Adam Fox and Alexis Lafreniere also found the back of the net. Alexandar Georgiev took place between the pipes but didn’t impress, as he had a .889 save percentage.
Adam Fox has been New York’s most productive player with 16 points, including a team-high 12 assists. Chris Kreider is the Rangers’ top scorer with 11 goals, and he collected a total of 14 points. Artemi Panarin netted four times and assisted on 11 occasions, while Mika Zibanejad contributed with 13 points. On the other hand, Igor Shesterkin has spent most of time on the ice and has a .929 save percentage. The Rangers have allowed 2.46 goals per contest with him between the pipes.
Expected Line-Up: Igor Shesterkin, Ryan Lindgren, Adam Fox, Barclay Goodrow, Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad
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Montreal Canadiens – Can they improve their game?
The Stanley Cup finalists struggle a lot this season, and they are very far from the post-season zone. Montreal suffered two straight defeats and declined to a 4-11-2 record, and they currently sit in 7th place in the Atlantic Division. The Canadiens celebrated only once on the previous six occasions, while this is going to be their third straight game on the road. They booked only one win when playing away from home, and another tough challenge is ahead of them. Montreal heads to this game after losing to the Bruins 5-2, where Joel Armia and Michael Pezzetta managed to find the back of the net.
The Canadiens have had severe issues in defense, as they have allowed 3.41 goals per match on average. They booked all four wins with Jake Allen as a goaltender, who has a .905 save percentage and concedes 2.79 goals per contest. However, he will be doubtful for this clash, and Sam Montembeault should be the starting goalie again. On the other hand, Nick Suzuki contributed the most in the offense with 14 points. He is the Canadiens’ top scorer with four goals and also the best assistant with ten. No other player produced ten or more points, and Tyler Toffoli is the closest to that milestone with nine points.
Expected Line-Up: Sam Montembeault, Jeff Petry, Ben Chiarot, Adam Brooks, Nick Suzuki, Tyler Toffoli
Expert Pick #1 – New York Rangers to win in [email protected]
The Rangers have played much better lately, and they are strong favorites in this clash. New York booked three straight wins at home, while Montreal lost six of their seven outings. I’m going to back the hosts to win in the regular time and boost the odds, and that is my first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Over 5.5 @-110
The home side has been pretty productive in the final third, but their defense could have been tighter. Their last five games went over a 5.5 margin, and I expect that trend to continue. The Canadiens are poor in the back, and I’ll take the Over as my second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Rangers to win & Over 5.5 @+185
If you are searching for longer odds, then combining the first two picks could bring good value. I believe the Rangers will beat their rivals, and we should see at least six goals in total. It’s my third pick, and it could bring us nice profits.