The Boston Bruins end a brief, two-day New York road trip at Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:08 p.m. EST.
Boston enters tonight with a staggering 35-5-4 record (74 points) and sit first in the Atlantic Division, Eastern Conference, and NHL. David Pastrnak is having a fantastic season thus far. The 26-year-old leads the Bruins in goals, assists, and points with a stat line of 35-28-63. Pastrnak is second in the NHL in goals and fourth in the NHL in points. Boston’s balanced attack features seven other double-digit goalscorers and nine other skaters with more than 20 points. Brad Marchand is the only other player to notch more than 40 points thus far (41). Linus Ullmark has been unreal in the net with a 24-2-1 record, a 1.88 goals against average, and a .937 save percentage. Being a second of a back-to-back, backup Jeremy Swayman appears to be in line to start.
The Rangers carry a 25-13-7 record into tonight and sit third in the Metropolitan Division. Mika Zibanejad leads New York in scoring with 20 goals, while Chris Kreider trails close behind with 19. Artemi Panarin leads the Blue Shirts with 47 points this season. Zibanejad’s 46 points and Adam Fox’s 45 points round out the top three. Igor Shesterkin has been solid again this season in his first 33 games. The 27-year-old is 20-7-6 with a 2.43 GAA and a .918 SV% this season.
New York took two-of-three meetings from Boston last season, but the Bruins took the first matchup this season 5-2. Tonight’s projected starting goaltenders are Swayman for Boston and Shesterkin for New York.
Odds Presented by Betfred Sportsbook
Spread – New York Rangers -1.5 (+220) / Boston Bruins +1.5 (-285)
Money Line – New York Rangers -110 / Boston Bruins -110
Total – 5.5 – Over (-115) / Under (-105)