New York Rangers vs. Montreal Canadiens Prediction, NHL Odds

Andrew Rogers | Updated Oct 16, 2021

Gerard Gallant, Rangers, 2021

The new NHL season hasn’t been kind to the New York Rangers. They have started the year off with back-to-back losses with their most recent being a 3-2 loss against the Dallas Stars.

NY Rangers
17-4-3
AT
October 16, 2021, 7:00 PM ET
Bell Centre
Montreal
6-18-3
Puckline +1.5 -241
Moneyline -103
Over / Under o +5.5

48%

Betting Action

52%

Puckline -1.5 +200
Moneyline -117
Over / Under u +5.5

48%

Betting Action

52%

They visit the Montreal Canadiens this weekend, a team that has also lost both of their games to start the year. This is the first 0-2 start for Montreal since the year 2000. Can they get back on track and finally shake the cobwebs off?

Rangers vs. Canadiens Stanley Cup Odds

The Rangers are just 1-7 straight up in their last eight games dating back to last season and 1-4 in their last six when playing on the road. The underdog role hasn’t suited them well either as  they are 3-8 straight up in their past 11 matchups when they haven’t been listed as the favorite.

On the other hand, the Canadiens find themselves with a 6-2 straight up record in their past eight games when getting to play in the comfort of their own home. The over has been steady for Montreal lately though, cashing out in four of their last five games when being listed as the favorite for the contest.

New York Rangers

The Rangers haven’t looked good defensively at all to start this new season out. They are allowing four goals per game to their opponents and only scoring 1.50 per contest themselves. Goaltender Igor Shesterkin has been underwhelming, to say the least. He blocked 23 of 26 shots against the Stars a couple of nights ago but hopes to finally get back on track against Montreal. Chris Kreider and Adam Fox are the only two players on this roster to record goals this year at the moment, which is going to have to change if they hope to win games more consistently. They’re supposed to have a lot of young, talented firepower but it hasn’t shown up yet. It’s going to take a full team effort to get this ship pointed in the correct direction again.

Montreal Canadiens

Not surprisingly, Montreal can’t seem to score goals right now. In two games this season they have only banked in two goals and they haven’t scored on a power play yet. Jonathan Drouin and Chris Wideman were the two players with recorded goals. The offensive challenges were a concern that was flagged in the offseason and it looks like it’s coming to fruition.

This lack of an offense has put an increased amount of stress onto their defense, which is struggling to hold up their end of the bargain. They are allowing 3.50 goals per game and the concern is goalie Jake Allen is playing well. He has a .933 save percentage so far; what if that starts to dip? Montreal has to figure out a way to stop the bleeding on both ends of the ice.

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