NHL Best Bet: Wednesday, April 27th
The Montreal Canadiens are skating backwards and the only business left to accomplish has them trying to avoid having the worst record in the league this season. Meanwhile, the blue shirts are already looking towards the playoffs and our resident NHL expert Ej Garr has a lovely offer on the total for tonight’s contest at Madison Square Garden.
NHL Best Bet: Friday, April 27th
- NY Rangers vs Montreal: Over 6 Goals -OT Included
Odds as of 9 am April 27th, 2022. Odds may now differ.
NY Rangers vs Montreal Best Bet
April 28, 00:30 (UK time)
The line setters have officially lost their minds and we are about to take full advantage of it. As you can already see above we are taking this total to go over the number and we only need 6 goals to, at least, push our tickets and return our wagers.
I have two words for you and they come in the form of a proper name. Sam Montembeault is expected to finish out the regular season for the Habs and we can wrap up our preview and let you just go hit submit on the Over 6 goals with OT included at a mere 1.95. Montembeault is sporting a 3.79 GAA and his 7 – 18 – 6 record leaves plenty of room for improvement. We call that fade material!
That’s the other part of decision-making that begs us to plum nickel of juice on the tip because it’s not like we have to lay some kind of significant vig just to ask for 6 goals. When Sam Montembeault starts good things happen for opposing offences and this should be the perfect game for the Rangers who have to follow up their back-to-back with the Canes from last night.
As I am sure you are aware, Tuesday night’s game in the Garden against the Carolina Canes was a big one for New York with first place in the Metropolitan Division in the balance. If the Canes were to win Tuesday night’s game they would clinch the division and the last 2 games of the regular season for the Rangers would hold no significance.
On top of that, last night’s game featured an emotional start because the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award was handed out to #20 Chris Kreider. For us Rangers fans you know the significance of the award and yes, I know it gets me over the years that they have handed this award out. Maybe it’s a New York thing but it was especially tough last night now that Steven is gone for 2 years. I will tell you that his son gave a great pre-game speech and he’s an NYC cop who will now carry on the tradition with the ceremony for years to come.
It helps when you score 51 goals and you’re having the season Kreider is putting up in 2021-22 for the Rangers who hadn’t featured a 50-goal scorer since Adam Graves in the 1994 Stanley Cup-winning campaign. Might I add… LET’S GO RANGERS! Sorry, I had to get all fan on you so please forgive me. Oh, also of note I have a DYK…
Did you know that the NY Rangers have only produced 4 seasons in which 4 players recorded 70+ points and this year became one of them? Can you name the other 3 occasions? It was 1971-72, 91-92, and the aforementioned 93-94 campaigns so it has been a while since there has been such a scoring output in New York.
Chants of Igor rang through the MSG stands on Tuesday night after making a sweet break-away save early in the game to set the tone for a big game. A big giveaway in the Rangers’zone led to the first save of the night from Igor and we have seen Shesterkin doing this all season. In case this is your first day following hockey, Igor Shesterkin is ridiculous and I mean that in the nicest way I can say it.
When you sport a goals-against-average of about 2 nets a night, I assume you get how stupid that is. Again, in the right way! Even though Henry Lundqvist never got his hands on the Standley Cup, Rangers fans were still spoiled by his talent for so many years and Shesterkin brings that same winning vibe to the locker room. Any team headed to the playoffs wants to look around and have the utmost confidence in their netminder and Igor provides that and then some!
The Canes jumped out to a 2 – 0 second period lead with just over 6 minutes left in the frame, but the Rangers finally responded to lift the crowd back in the game 3 minutes later. Kreider picked up goal #52 to make it 2- 1 but the Canes regained their 2-goal lead and carried it into the 3rd period. Jagr holds the Rangers franchise record with 54 goals and everyone is aware Kreider tied Adam Graves’ 1994 output with 52 tallies and he still has two full games left to play.
The second period ended with some fireworks and emotions were also running high on the ice headed to the 3rd period. Despite the valiant comeback effort by the Rangers to make it 4 – 3 with a minute left to play, the Canes escaped the Garden with a 4 – 3 win and they are now the Metro Division Champs as a result.
Because the Rangers are now just playing for 2nd place in their division, they will either play Washington or Pittsburgh in the post-season. That will make this game so much more wide open because the pressure is off and all the Rangers need to do now is finish these last 2 games and not get anyone hurt. I think the defence will go out the window and neither team will be taking risks blocking tons of shots and giving anyone fits. The Over 6 is the play at 1.95
- Selection: Over 6 Goals – OT Included
- Best odds: 1.95 (Bet365)
- Stakes 4/10