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The Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers meet Wednesday in NHL action at Madison Square Garden. The Montreal Canadiens look to snap a nine-game losing streak. The New York Rangers look for a win after winning six of their last nine games.
The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 13.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Nick Suzuki leads Montreal with 21 goals, Chris Wideman has 22 assists and Cole Caufield has 177 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 3.9 goals per game and are killing 75.5 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Jake Allen has given up 107 goals on 1,123 shots faced, and Sam Montembeault has allowed 119 goals on 1,097 shots.
The New York Rangers are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 26.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Chris Kreider leads New York with 51 goals, Artemi Panarin has 74 assists, and Mika Zibanejad has 215 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 81.8 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Alexandar Georgiev has given up 79 goals on 773 shots, and Igor Shesterkin has allowed 102 goals on 1,586 shots.
The Canadiens are 22-50 in their last 72 road games and 14-43 in their last 57 overall. The Rangers are 35-17 in their last 52 home games and 45-22 in their last 67 overall. The over is 4-1 in Canadiens last 5 overall. The under is 4-1 in Rangers last 5 overall. The Canadiens are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in New York and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings.
The New York Rangers are on the end of a back to back and had defensive issues last night, but they’re playing a Habs team that has nothing going for them right now. The Montreal Canadiens are getting rocked everywhere they turn, and they look like a team that’s counting the days until the off season. The favorite has won 10 of the last 12 meetings between these teams. Give me the Rangers and the PL for max betting value.