The Boston Bruins and the New York Rangers are going to square off on the NHL odds and betting lines on Thursday for Game 1 of their NHL playoff series. Join us here at Cappers Info, as we make our Rangers @ Bruins Game 1 picks & predictions for hockey for what should be a great game on Thursday.
Free NHL Picks: New York Rangers at Boston Bruins
Date: Thursday, May 16th, 7:30 ET
Location: TD Garden, Boston, MA
NHL Betting Odds: Boston -135
Rangers vs. Bruins NHL On TV: NBC Sports Network
The Bruins and the Rangers both scored a whopping five goals over the course of their Game 7 triumphs over the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Washington Capitals respectively, and as a result, we are struggling to try to figure out what in the heck the oddsmakers are doing lining this ‘total’ at 5 instead of at 5.5 for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The argument could be made that G Henrik Lundqvist is on fire, and yes, it’s true that he has stopped 64 straight shots in two straight shutouts. However, he was only above average at best in the rest of the games in this series against Washington, and we don’t expect that he is going to be able to slow down a line that generated a whopping 14 goals over the course of seven games for Boston against the Maple Leafs. G Tuukka Rask doesn’t quite look all that right either. He was never really outstanding in the first round against Toronto, and he put the team in a bad spot by allowing goals on four of his 28 shots faced in Game 7 on Monday night. Simply put, the way that these two are playing right now, we have to think there is a decent chance that both will get to at least two goals when push comes to shove. This might be the postseason, but it’s not going to be a total slug fest in all likelihood.
Rangers vs. Bruins Game 1 Pick: Over 5
Rangers at Bruins Game 1 Predictions: Bruins 4 – Rangers 3