New York Rangers vs. Boston Bruins Prediction, NHL Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated May 08, 2021

Boston has had the upper-hand in this season series, winning five of seven meetings against the Rangers and shutting out New York in three of those wins.

NY Rangers
27-23-4-2
AT
May 08, 2021, 3:00 PM ET
TD Garden
Boston
33-16-5-2
Puckline +1.5 +100
Moneyline +248
Over / Under o +5.5

21%

Betting Action

79%

Puckline -1.5 -121
Moneyline -301
Over / Under u +5.5

21%

Betting Action

79%

The wild end t0 New York’s season is almost behind them, as the Rangers will miss the playoffs and play their final game of the regular season in Boston on Saturday.  The Bruins have clinched a fifth straight trip to the post season, but there’s still something to play for as they try to overtake Washington in the standings and earn home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

After shutting out New York 4-0 on Thursday, the Bruins are -282 favourites to win on the NHL odds for Saturday’s matchup.  The total is set at 5.5.

Rangers vs. Bruins Betting Analysis

Boston has had the upper-hand in this season series, winning five of seven meetings against the Rangers and shutting out New York in three of those wins.  The total has gone Under in six of the seven games in this season series.

With heavy league fines, injuries, line brawls and suspensions, it’s been a wild end of the season for New York.  The Rangers have dropped five straight games overall and are 2-9 straight up in their last 11 games against Boston.  They have, however, been a pretty good cover option at 34-21 against the spread this year.  The total has gone Under in six of New York’s last nine games overall and seven of their last nine on the road.

The Bruins are tough to beat at home this year and have won seven straight games at TD Garden.  For the season they’re 22-31 ATS.  Boston has split the Over/Under evenly over their last 10 games.

New York Rangers

After a massive league fine and a front office shakeup, it’s been an interesting week for the Rangers.  New York should have a better effort on Saturday, as the game on Thursday was less than 24 hours after a fight-filled contest against Washington.  Pavel Buchnevich will be back in the lineup on Saturday after serving a one-game suspension for his actions in the Washington game.  The Rangers only managed to get 15 shots on net against Boston on Thursday.  Igor Shesterkin looked sharp between the pipes, stopping 30 shots for a New York team that was outshot 19-3 in the second period alone.

New York will be without their leading scorer for this game.  Artemi Panarin has been out of the lineup with a lower-body injury suffered during the scrum against the Capitals, which led to the Rangers’ public statement criticizing the league and their eventual $250,000 fine.  Panarin will finish his season with 58 points (17G, 41A) in 42 games.

Boston Bruins

Boston is only two points behind the Capitals for second in the East Division and with one game in-hand over Washington, the Bruins are fighting for home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.  Patrice Bergeron, Charlie McAvoy, Jake DeBrusk and Brandon Carlo picked up the goals on Thursday.  DeBrusk’s marker was his first goal in 13 games, while Bergeron’s point streak is now at five games (4G, 2A).  Brad Marchand assisted on the first two goals of the game and now leads the team with 65 points (27G, 38A).  Marchand is tied with Nathan MacKinnon for fourth in league scoring.

Jeremy Swayman has been a nice surprise for Boston this year.  The rookie goalie posted his second career shutout on Thursday.  Swayman is 7-2-0 this year with a 1.44 goals-against average and .946 save percentage.

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