NBC’s nationally televised NHL game on Sunday, Feb. 16 pits the Boston Bruins against the New York Rangers. The rivalry match won’t be short on drama as 2019 Eastern Conference winner Boston must win to maintain a tenuous Atlantic Division lead. The Rangers would like nothing more than to beat a sports team from Beantown. Keep reading for NHL odds, a preview, and a free pick for Bruins vs Rangers!
2020 Bruins vs Rangers NHL Odds, Preview, and Pick
- When: Sunday, Feb. 16 at 3:30 pm ET
- Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
- TV: NBC
- Moneyline Odds: TBD
- Over/Under Odds: TBD
Why Boston Bruins are a good bet to win
The Boston Bruins are scorching. They’re like a chrome bowl left outside under the Arizona sun. Not counting their Feb. 15 battle against Detroit, the Bruins have won 8-of-10. They’ve gone 7-1 SU in their last 8. Not only that but the Bruins beat the Rangers 3-2 in the last head-to-head matchup. With their 35 wins, Boston remains one of the top teams in hockey. They should beat the rival Rangers on Sunday.
- Goals For: 3.3
- Shots For: 32
- Power Plays: 26.3%
- Face-Offs: 51.3%
- Goals Against: 2.4
- Shots Against: 30.4
- Penalty Kills: 83.7%
- Shutouts: 1
Why New York Rangers are a good bet to win
The Rangers have a single team beat in the Metropolitan, the New Jersey Devils. Although NYR is in second-to-last place in the division, they’ve got a winning record. As of Feb. 12, New York is 28-23-2-2. Also, the Rangers have played well in recent weeks. They’re 6-2 SU in their last 8 not counting the match on Feb. 13 against Minnesota. One of the wins was an impressive 5-3 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs. On Sunday, NYR can surprise the Bruins.
- Goals For: 3.3
- Shots For: 31
- Power Plays: 23.4%
- Face-Offs: 46.8%
- Goals Against: 3.2
- Shots Against: 34
- Penalty Kills: 78.1%
- Shutouts: 0
- Boston is 4-1 SU in their last 5
- Bruins are 8-2 SU in their last 8
- Boston Bruins are 5-5 SU in their last 10 on the road
- The average total in the Bruins last 6 games is 4.8 goals
- New York Rangers are 3-1 SU in their last 4
- Rangers are 6-4 SU in their last 10
- NYR is 5-5 SU in their last 10 at home
- The average total in the Rangers last 6 games is 5.3 goals
Bruins vs Rangers NHL Betting Analysis
Although on paper it looks as if Boston dominates the Rangers, that won’t happen on Sunday. NYR battles their rivals at home. The Rangers have a decent 16-12-1-1 record at Madison Square Garden. That doesn’t count their road tilt against Minnesota on Feb. 13.
Home ice should mean something on Sunday. In addition, this is NBC’s nationally televised hockey match. That means the Rangers should be extra motivated. But the home-ice advantage isn’t the real reason to back the Rangers. Boston, due to their reputation and record, almost always gets overplayed. They went off a -222 chalk in the last head-to-head battle. NYR lost by a single goal, 2-3. A home team in a rivalry match that figures to offer overlay odds? We should take that all day.
NHL Free Pick: New York Rangers moneyline