May 16, 2013

Rangers vs. Bruins Game 1 Pick

Matchup: New York Rangers vs. Boston Bruins

Date/Time: May 16th, 7:30 PM ET

Television: NBC Sports Network

NHL Betting Odds from WagerWeb Sportsbook

Moneyline: Bruins -135

Total: 5

Both the Boston Bruins and the New York Rangers pulled off great escapes from the first round of the playoffs. Now, the two are going to collide at the TD Garden for the first game of a seven-game set in NHL playoff betting action on Thursday night.

The Rangers were down 3-2 to the Washington Capitals and had to win Games 6 and 7 on consecutive nights to survive and get into the second round. In those games, New York ended up posting back to back shutouts, making G Henrik Lundqvist the hottest goalie in the game over the course of that period of time. Lundqvist stopped all 64 shots that he faced along the way in this stretch, and he made some fantastic saves. New York also only allowed one power play goal in the last five games of this series, which is helping out as well. Of course, then there’s the question of LW Rick Nash. Where in the heck is he at this point? Nash played a heck of a lot better hockey than his stats suggest in the opening round, but he didn’t have a single goal in seven games, which is tremendously unlike him. However, we have to remember that this is the first time that Nash has been playing in the second round of the playoffs in his career, and this is only his third career series.

The Bruins should have put the Toronto Maple Leafs away a number of times in the first round of the playoffs, but they failed in both Games 5 and 6 in doing so. They fell behind 4-1 in the third period in Game 7, but they became the first team to ever erase a three-goal deficit in a Game 7 and ultimately won the game in overtime. The last two goals of regulation were scored with the goaltender out and less than a minute and a half left in the season. It was all the top line for Boston that did the massive damage in that series against the Leafs. C David Krejci, LW Milan Lucic, and RW Nathan Horton combined for 11 goals and 18 assists in the first seven games of this series, and those numbers are just absolutely insane. G Tuukka Rask played relatively well, but he only finished the series with a 2.49 GAA after allowing eight goals in the final three games.

Remember that New York only won one road game in that first series against Washington, though it was the biggest one in Game 7 that it managed to nail down. This is a much different situation playing at the TD Garden, and we don’t think that the Bruins are going to blow this first game against the boys from the Big Apple.

New York Rangers @ Boston Bruins Pick: Boston Bruins -135

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Adam Markowitz

is a staff writer living in the Orlando area. He has covered NFL, MLB, college football, CFL, AFL, NBA, college basketball, NASCAR, golf, tennis, and the NHL for a number of various outlets in his career, and he has been published by a number of different media outlets, including the Orlando Sentinel and the Wall Street Journal.

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