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New York Rangers at Boston Bruins odds, picks and prediction

Apr 22, 2021; Buffalo, New York, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Taylor Hall (71) skates to a loose puck during the first period against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers (26-23-6) play the second of a two-game set on the road against the Boston Bruins (32-14-7) Saturday. Puck drop is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET at TD Garden. Below, we analyze the Rangers-Bruins odds and lines, with NHL picks and predictions.

The Rangers are coming off a 4-0 loss in Boston in the first installment of the two-game set. New York is on a five-game slide, including their emotional two-game series against the Capitals that involved several fights. The Rangers have been shut out three times during the five-game span.

The Bruins have rattled off five victories in the past six games, and their only loss is a 4-3 overtime setback in New Jersey. Each of their past two wins have resulted in shutout wins.

Rangers at Bruins: Odds, spread and lines

Odds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated at 7:50 a.m. ET.

  • Money line: Rangers +230 (bet $100 to win $230) | Bruins -275 (bet $275 to win $100)
  • Against the spread/ATS: Rangers +1.5 (-105) | Bruins -1.5 (-115)
  • Over/Under: 5.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)

Rangers at Bruins: Projected starting goalies

Igor Shesterkin (15-14-3, 2.57 GAA, .917 SV%, 2 SO) vs. Tuukka Rask (14-4-2, 2.16 GAA, .919 SV%, 2 SO)

Shesterkin has lost three consecutive starts, going 0-3-0 with a 4.08 GAA and .879 SV% since his last victory against the Buffalo Sabres April 27. His last loss was Thursday, allowing four goals on 34 shots in a 4-0 setback.

Rask has picked up three consecutive victories, going 3-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and .961 SV%. He hasn’t faced the Rangers since Feb. 28 at Madison Square Garden, allowing just one goal on 21 shots. Overall he is 2-1-0 with a 3.00 GAA and .900 SV% in three starts against the Rangers this season.

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Rangers at Bruins: Odds, lines, predictions and picks

Prediction

Bruins 4, Rangers 1

Money line (ML)

The Bruins (-275) will cost you nearly three times your potential return, and  the Rangers (+230) are having a difficult time lately. In fact, the Rangers are eliminated from the postseason chase. Still, the B’s are a little too expensive, so look to the puck line instead.

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Against the spread (ATS)

The BRUINS -1.5 (-115) are a much better play on home ice against the skidding Rangers +1.5 (-105). Each of Boston’s past 10 victories dating back to April 15 have been by two or more goals. If you’re going to bet the Bruins, it’s a good idea to bet the puck line.

Over/Under (O/U)

UNDER 5.5 (-110) is the play, going 4-1-1 in the past six overall for the Rangers. The Under is also 20-8-2 in their past 30 road outings for New York. The Under is 4-0 in the past four meetings and 17-6-3 in the past 26 meetings in Boston.

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