In today’s betting guide, the NHL schedule contains just five games for a quieter Wednesday night. The New York Rangers host the last-place Montreal Canadiens, and this is where you’ll find everything, including team win odds, the over/under, and some player props.
Montreal Canadiens (-375) vs New York Rangers (+290)
MTL: 20-49-11, 2.55 GF/GP, 3.90 GA/GP, L10: 1-9-0
NYR: 51-23-6, 3.05 GF/GP, 2.48 GA/GP, L10: 7-3-0
The New York Rangers host the Montreal Canadiens in the third and final meeting of the 2021-22 regular season. The Rangers have won both meetings, outscoring the Canadiens 6-3. The Canadiens represent the league as the worst team, while the Rangers are one of six teams in the Eastern Conference to reach 50 wins. Despite the return of goaltender Carey Price, the Canadiens have lost nine of their last 10 games. New York hopes to break a two-game losing skid after winning four games, including three consecutive shutout victories.
With second place in the Metropolitan Division locked up, the Rangers can breathe easier knowing their postseason is just around the corner. Both Kaapo Kakko and Andrew Copp missed the last game and are considered day-to-day, with Copp likely to play tonight. The Rangers are also without Sammy Blais (Injured Reserve) and Tyler Motte (Out) and will likely depend on Frank Vatrano to fill the void in the top six. He has one goal and one assist in his last five games while receiving increased ice time against the Carolina Hurricanes on April 26.
The Canadiens are on the opposite end of the spectrum, occupying the basement of the league’s standings. They concede the most goals and are tied for second-last with the Seattle Kraken for goals for. A scorched-roads season has led head coach Martin St. Louis to lean on younger players, like Cole Caufield, Nick Suzuki, and Jake Evans, giving them ample playing time. Their future is focused on the draft and building up, but they’ll need to complete the two remaining games of the season before then.
Adam Fox – Anytime Goal-Scorer (+5.00)
Leading all Rangers defensemen in points with 73, Adam Fox is truly becoming one of the NHL’s premier defensemen at 24 years old. While he’s stockpiled 62 assists this season, he has a quality shot that makes him a great power-play quarterback. The Rangers’ first wave has many dangerous weapons, making it no surprise why their power play is ranked fourth in the league.
Paired hand-in-hand with Montreal’s penalty kill being 26th, this is a recipe for disaster for the Canadiens and one the Rangers will look to take advantage of. It’s a prime opportunity for an offensively-starved team to feed pucks into the net ahead of their playoff run, and Fox is in a good position to net one. The odds are attractive in the situation that Fox scores at any point in the game, so it might be worth putting some cash on it as the Canadiens continue to struggle to the finish line.
Brendan Gallagher – Power Play Points (Over 0.5, +6.75)
No player understands what it is to be a Montreal Canadien more than Brendan Gallagher. The pesky forward has seen his better days pass him by, but he remains one of the team’s most dedicated players. He has three points in his last three games, including a power-play assist, and fits nicely on the team’s third line. He’s building good chemistry with Rem Pitlick and Christian Dvorak, two players that engage in a similar mentality.
He’s also looked great on the Canadiens’ second wave with Jake Evans at centre. With Evans playing hard on every shift, it gives Montreal a dynamic 1-2 punch of constant battles and good puck retrieval. With Mike Hoffman turning it up lately, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that Gallagher notches a power-play point, even against the NHL’s eighth-best penalty kill. The odds are very appealing for this one, so if you have a few dollars you’re willing to risk, it may be worth considering this one.
Odds via Yahoo and BetMGM.
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