NHL sports betting handicappers are beginning to believe that Montreal’s success is not a betting NHL fluke and that the Habs could make a run for Lord Stanley’s Cup.
The Montreal Canadiens will host the New York Rangers on Saturday night with a telecast on NHL NET set for 7 PM ET. Sports Gambling will have side and total odds on this critical Eastern Conference matchup so have your account open and ready for action.
The New York Rangers had a record of 25-15-2-1 with the hockey gambling odds as they climbed into contention for a top spot in the Eastern Conference. The Rangers have emerged as one of the better balanced teams in the NHL as they ranked 11th for offense and 6th for defense.
The Rangers have been in winning form as of late as they scored 5 payouts in 7 games from December 27 through January 8 with the last 6 of those games going under the total. The Rangers were a strong road team with a mark of 15-7-1 and they went under the total in 16 of 23 away games.
Brandon Dubinsky led the Rangers with 16 goals and 20 assists while goaltender Henrik Lundqvist had a 2.33 goals against average with 5 shutouts.
The Montreal Canadiens had a record of 23-16-3 with the hockey lines and were neck and neck with the Boston Bruins in the Northeast Division race. The Canadiens were a strong home team with a mark of 14-5-3 and they went over the total in just 8 of their first 22 home games.
Montreal was a weak 27th in the NHL for goal scoring but a stellar 5th for goals against. Workhorse Carey Price had a record of 21-17 in goal with a 2.31 goals against average and 4 shutouts.
This is the first meeting of the season between the Habs and Broadway Blueshirts. Montreal has won 6 of their last 9 NHL sports betting matchups with the Rangers and the series has gone over the total in 8 of the last 10 meetings. The Rangers have struggled recently at Montreal with just 1 payout in their last 5 visits as the two teams have gone over the total 8 consecutive times at Montreal.