This is not the first time that the New York Rangers are trying to fight their way back into a series after losing the first two games played away from home. Boston has a 2-0 lead over the Rangers, but with the series shifting to New York, the hosts are favorites to win at Madison Square Garden.
Bet: NY Rangers
Odds: Unibet 2.25
The Bruins used the same strategy against the Rangers as they did when facing Toronto in the opening series of the playoffs. Outshooting opponents paid off better than expected, despite the fact that the New Yorkers have one of the best teams at blocking shoots. For some odd reason, the backline failed to shelter Lundqvist and the Swedish goalkeeper conceded a total of eight goals in two consecutive defeats.
The Rangers scored twice over the span, but if they are to close the gap they will need to play a more physical hockey and step up their defensive efforts. Power-play conversion remains disappointingly low for New York, but if past performance can serve as an indicator, the Rangers will look like an entirely different team at Madison Square Garden. Rick Nash broke the ice and scored his first goal for the Rangers, and if he stays hot, the host should greatly improve their goals output.
New York Rangers proved that they have the strength to rebound after losing the opening games, and if Lundqvist stays healthy and returns to form, his team could advance to the next stage. For the time being, punters should back the hosts to win in regulation time with Unibet and wait no longer as the odds currently stand that 2.25 and it’s unlikely for them to get higher.