BET OF THE DAY: (2u) New York Rangers +1.5 @ -192
New York Rangers @ Dallas Stars, 8:30 PM:
- Six of the last eight meetings between these teams have been decided by one goal or less.
- The Rangers have won nine of the last 10 games. (Stats courtesy of Statschecker).
The reason we’re backing the Rangers
The New York Rangers (36-28-4) are trying to crawl their way back into the playoff picture but found themselves on the losing end of the sibling rivalry with the New Jersey Devils 6-4.
Mike Zibanejad kept the goals coming by putting up the Rangers up 2-1 in the first period, but it was all downhill afterwards as the Devils scored four unanswered goals in the second period.
Zibanejad has been a machine lately, totaling nine goals over the last four games.
Artemi Panarin was held without a tally against New Jersey, but still ranks joint-fourth best in the NHL with 93 points (32G, 61A).
The Dallas Stars (37-23-8) are holding firming in the third spot of the Central Division despite losing five in a row.
Dallas fell at home 1-0 in a nail-biter with the Nashville Predators.
There weren’t too many bright spots in the shutout, but goalie Ben Bishop saved 22 of the 23 attempts and only allowed a power play goal in the second period.
New York has the second best ATS record in the NHL (42-26). To make matters worse for Dallas, four of the Stars’ last five losses have been by one goal.
My expectation is the Rangers will keep up and even have a chance at winning this game outright, but I’ll play it safe and take them on the Puck Line.
(1u) Boston Bruins Moneyline @ -110
Boston Bruins @ Philadelphia Flyers, 7:00 PM:
- The Bruins have won four of their last five games and have the most points (98) in the Eastern Conference.
The reason we’re backing the Bruins
These teams sit amongst the top in the NHL and Eastern Conference standings - Boston holds the best record in the league (43-14-12) and Philadelphia isn’t far behind (41-20-7).
Boston snapped a four-game winning streak after stumbling at home to the Tampa Bay Lighting 5-3.
The Bruins went down 3-0 in a hurry but rallied back to within a goal before losing.
David Pastrnak scored a third-period power play goal for his league-high 48th goal of the season. Charlie McAvoy added two tallies, including the Bruins first goal of the game.
Philadelphia continued to steamroll past the competition, winning a ninth game in a row after taking down the Buffalo Sabres 3-1.
Goalie Carter Hart refused to let anything in net, saving 38 of 39 attempts. Claude Giroux put away two goals (one in the second and another in the third), and Jakub Voracek assisted him on both.
The Flyers hold the slight edge over the Bruins this season having won both meetings in a shootout (6-5 and 3-2).
With those matchups being decided narrowly, the value of the Puck Line is slim to none.
So, the best way to find profit is betting straight on the moneyline and despite the recent success, I’m going with the better squad in Boston to pull out the road win.