Rangers vs. Bruins odds, props & predictions: Target total in battle between Eastern Conference heavyweights

David Pastrnak and the Bruins play host to the Rangers on Saturday night at TD Garden in a battle between the top two teams in the NHL’s Eastern Conference.

Boston (19-5-4) leads the the Atlantic Division, and New York (20-7-1) is atop the Metropolitan Division. Overall, the Bruins lead the Rangers by a single point in the standings.

Here’s a look at Rangers vs. Bruins odds, props & predictions ahead of Saturday’s marquee game in the NHL.

Rangers vs. Bruins odds: Puck line, moneyline & total

The Bruins, led by Pastrnak, are playing back-to-back games after beating the Islanders on Friday night. Here are live Rangers vs. Bruins odds:  

The Rangers defeated the Bruins, 7-4, in their first meeting Nov. 25 at Madison Square Garden. 

Rangers betting news: New York power play fuels offense 

The Rangers returned with most of their lineup intact this season for first year head coach Peter Laviolette. Forward Artemi Panarin is the catalyst for New York’s offense with 16 goals and 41 points through 28 games.

The Rangers have persevered through key injuries to defenseman Adam Fox, center Filip Chytil, and right wing Kaapo Kakko.

One unexpected bright spot has been the stellar play of 37-year-old goalie Jonathan Quick, who signed with the Rangers in the offseason. Quick is 9-0-1 with a 2.09 goals-against average. The veteran net minder, who also has posted a pair of shutouts, has outplayed former Vezina Trophy winner Igor Shesterkin.

New York is also benefitting from one of the league’s best power plays this year. The Rangers have converted on 30.7% of their man-advantage situations, which ranks second behind only the Devils.

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Bruins betting news: Top goaltending duo key to Boston’s success

The Bruins have also been battling through injuries with center Pavel Zacha and defenseman Charlie McAvoy on IR. The latter is one of Boston’s top blue liners and he could return against the Rangers.

Reigning Vezina Trophy winner Linus Ullmark got the start and win on Friday night against the Islanders. Ullmark hasn’t been as sharp as last year, but he’s still 10-4-1 with a 2.79 goals-against average. Jeremy Swayman has split time in net with Ullmark, going 9-1-3 with a 2.07 GAA. Boston’s fast start is due in large part to the play of Ullmark and Swayman.

Pastrnak is the offensive headliner and for good reasons. He’s coming off a season that saw him finish second in NHL goals scored with 61. That helped the Bruins set a new record for wins (65) in a single season. Pastrnak has continued his torrid ways with a team-high 17 goals and 41 points. 

Rangers vs. Bruins prediction 

It’s a tough task to play back-to-back games in the NHL, but both teams will be in the same boat. The Rangers defeated the Ducks 5-1 at home last night.

A total of 11 goals were scored in the first game between these teams. With key injuries on both sides and their second game in as many days, we’re targeting a play on the total here. 

Pick: UNDER

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