Rangers vs. Canadiens Odds, Preview, Prediction: Back New York to Pick Up First Win (Oct. 16)
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Rangers vs. Canadiens Odds
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The New York Rangers will cross the Canadian border for the first time since Feb. 20, 2020 — a game that also came at Bell Centre — for their first road contest of the young season.
The Canadiens are 0-2 and fresh off a pounding at the hands of the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night but will hope to lick their wounds in their first home game since Game 4 of the 2021 Stanley Cup Final.
Each team has a -5 goal differential, which is tied for the worst among Eastern Conference teams.
Winless Rangers Look Improved
The Rangers are 0-1-1 after dropping consecutive games, most recently 3-2 against the Dallas Stars in their home opener Thursday.
The Rangers have been better than advertised thus far though, posting the fourth-best expected goals for (3.31) at 5-on-5 through two games. Their 55.47 expected goals for percentage at 5-on-5 is 10th-best in the NHL, and their 54 percent 5-on-5 Corsi percentage is ranked eighth in the NHL.
Canadiens Offense is M.I.A.
The Canadiens are clearly better in front of their home fans, and they’ll almost certainly get a boost playing in front of what will undoubtedly be a full house at Bell Centre for the first time since Mar. 10, 2020.
Still, Montreal has been listless offensively, posting just nine high-danger chances at 5-on-5 through two games. Meanwhile, they’ve allowed 23 against, and their 29 percent high-danger chances for percentage ranks second-worst in the NHL.
Rangers vs. Canadiens Pick
One of these teams is going to get its first win Saturday, and although Montreal’s home-ice advantage is real, it would be hard to bet against the Rangers — particularly since the Canadiens are still without Carey Price in goal.
Pick: Rangers ML (-110)