Montreal Canadiens vs. New York Rangers Prediction, NHL Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Apr 27, 2022

The Montreal Canadiens' last road game of the season sees them travelling to Madison Square Garden to face the New York Rangers on Wednesday.

Montreal
22-49-9-2
AT
April 27, 2022, 7:30 PM ET
Madison Square Garden
NY Rangers
52-24-3-3
Puckline +1.5 -152
Moneyline +150
Over / Under o +6.5

20%

Betting Action

80%

Puckline -1.5 +127
Moneyline -180
Over / Under u +6.5

20%

Betting Action

80%

Montreal sits at the bottom of the NHL standings after losing their ninth straight game on Sunday, 5-3 to Boston.  The Rangers, who fell 4-3 to Carolina on Tuesday, sit second in the Metropolitan Division and have secured home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

New York is a heavy -388 favourite to win on the NHL odds, with a total of 6.0.

Canadiens vs. Rangers NHL Betting Odds

The Rangers have come out on top in the last three meetings between these clubs, including two this season.  Both previous games this year also finished Under the total.  Roughly 82 per cent of Sports Interaction bettors are taking New York on Wednesday, while 59 per cent of action is taking the Over.

Montreal is closing out a miserable season in a miserable way, dropping their last nine games overall and six of their last eight on the road.  They haven’t been much better as a cover option as they are 36-44 against the spread for the year, although they’re an even 20-20 ATS on the road.  The total has gone Over in four of the Canadiens’ last five games.

With seven wins in their last 10 games, the Rangers are looking primed for the first round of the playoffs.  They’re 41-39 ATS overall, including 18-21 ATS at home.  The total has gone Under in four of New York’s last six games.

Montreal Canadiens

There’s not much positivity around Montreal right now as this year will go down as one of the worst seasons in franchise history, regardless of how the final two games play out.  It was the usual suspects who scored for the Habs in Sunday’s loss, with Josh Anderson, Mike Hoffman and Nick Suzuki all recording goals.  Lack of offence has been a consistent problem for the team all year.  Montreal averages 2.55 goals per game, ranking them 31st in the NHL.  Suzuki leads the team in both goals (21) and points (59), while only 10 active skaters have scored at least 10 goals this season.

Goaltender Sam Montembeault had 37 stops against Boston and he’ll be in line for the start again on Wednesday.  Regular starter Carey Price is listed as day-to-day after playing just four games this year and he’ll have his surgically repaired knee reevaluated in New York.  Montembeault has struggled this year and has posted a 7-18-6 record with a 3.79 goals-against average and .892 save percentage.  The Canadiens give up the most goals in the NHL, averaging 3.90 goals against per game.

New York Rangers

Chris Kreider added to his career-best goal scoring year, notching his 52nd of the season on Tuesday.  Kreider, whose previous career-high was 28 goals, has the third-most snipes in the NHL this year.  He is two goals shy of the single-season franchise record set by Jaromir Jagr in 2005-06.  Jacob Trouba and Alexis Lafreniere also scored against Carolina, while Igor Shesterkin made 32 saves.  Leading scorer Artemi Panarin was limited to just over eight minutes of ice time before leaving with an upper-body injury, although head coach Gerard Gallant said he should be fine and the team was being cautious before the playoffs.  Panarin has 96 points (22G, 74A) this season, a new career-high.

Alexandar Georgiev is expected to get the start in net on Wednesday.  Georgiev has been much better over the last few weeks, winning his last seven starts.  For the year, he has a 14-9-2 record with a 2.91 GAA and .898 SV.

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