Montreal Canadiens vs. New York Rangers Prediction, NHL Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Feb 14, 2024

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It's an Original Six matchup on Thursday night when the Montreal Canadiens travel to Madison Square Garden to face the New York Rangers.

Montreal
30-36-7-7
AT
February 15, 2024, 7:00 PM ET
Madison Square Garden
NY Rangers
54-23-1-3
Puckline +1.5 -120
Moneyline +200
Over / Under o +6
Puckline -1.5 +100
Moneyline -250
Over / Under u +6

These teams enter Thursday in very different spots as New York sits first in the Metropolitan Division standings while Montreal is sixth in the Atlantic Division. Both squads are coming off wins, however, with the Habs blowing out Anaheim 5-0 on Tusday and the Rangers beating Calgary 2-0 on Monday for their fifth straight win.

New York opened as a -312 favourite to win on the NHL odds, with the total set at 6.0.

Canadiens vs. Rangers NHL Betting Odds

The Canadiens and Rangers have alternated wins over their last six meetings with only one of those games decided by more than one goal. Montreal came out on top 4-3 in a shootout at home on January 6 in their first meeting this season. The season series will wrap up back in New York on April 7.

The Habs have done well in New York, winning four of their last five games at Madison Square Garden. They’ve also been a solid cover option this season, going 33-20 against the spread overall, including 17-8 ATS on the road. Montreal has been fairly consistent on the total as they’ve split the Over/Under evenly across their last 10 games.

The Rangers’ five-game winning streak has improved their home record to a healthy 18-7 straight up this season. Covering has been a different story as they are 25-28 ATS overall, including just 10-15 ATS at MSG. Like their opponent, New York has also split the Over/ Under evenly across their last 10 games.

Montreal Canadiens

Montreal absolutely dismantled Anaheim on Tuesday, outshooting the Ducks 38-13 in a 2-0 victory. Nick Suzuki (2G, 1A) and Juraj Slafkovsky (1G, 2A) each had three points, while Jake Evans and Brandon Gignac also found the back of the net. Cayden Primeau earned his first career shutout in his first start since January 20. Suzuki has collected 13 points over an eight-game point streak to extend his team-lead to 51 points (19G, 32A) in 53 games. Slafkovsky is riding a six-game point streak and he has already produced more than twice as many goals (11) and points (27) as his rookie season last year.

The Habs are running an unusual three-goalie approach this season between Sam Montembeault, Jake Allen and Primeau. Montembeault has taken the reins as the No. 1 option while it looks like Allen is the odd man out and he could be moved by the trade deadline. Montembeault will likely start on Thursday. The 27-year-old is 12-8-4 this season with a 3.06 goals-against average and .908 save percentage. Montembeault has had a heavy workload recently, facing 30 or more shots in every outing since the start of January, posting a 5-3-1 record in nine starts with a 3.28 GAA and .915 SV during that stretch.

New York Rangers

The Rangers squeaked out a 2-0 victory against Calgary on Monday to give them a six-point cushion over second-place Carolina in the Metro standings. Will Cuylle opened the scoring in the second period and Jimmy Vesey sealed the game with an empty-netter. Igor Shesterkin made 29 saves for his first shutout of the season. New York is 6-1-1 across their last eight games, but the power play has been a recent an issue. They haven’t scored in their last 17 chances with the man advantage, stretching back seven games, despite having the league’s fifth-ranked power play which is clicking at a 25.6 per cent rate for the season.

It’s tough to say if the Rangers will opt to give Shesterkin a third straight start on Thursday or turn to veteran Jonathan Quick, who has largely outplayed Shesterkin this season. Quick is 12-4-2 with a 2.27 GAA and .919 SV while Shesterkin is 21-12-1 with a 2.78 GAA and .902 SV. Because Quick started three straight games before Shesterkin returned for New York’s last two contests, the Russian netminder could have the edge to start on Thursday.

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