NHL Betting: Rangers to overcome misfiring Bruins


Boston are looking to put the New York Rangers right up against it as they take a 2-0 series lead to Madison Square Garden. The Rangers were here in the first round against Washington so are unlikely to be panicking just yet - and fortitude is never a problem when John Tortorella is your coach. 

They'll need a strong start tonight and that's actually been fairly typical of them so far; the Rangers have only conceded two first period goals in their nine postseason games. 

 

The Bruins will no doubt be going for the jugular, but they showed some frailties closing out Toronto and I think there will be a recurrence of that. We've already seen the lower seed pull game three back on home ice twice this round with Ottawa and San Jose, so take New York for a precious win at 2.25.

 

Game four is likely to be a defining one between the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings, a 3-1 lead for the Kings would surely be insurmountable for San Jose. A dogged effort on Sunday saw them pull a game back courtesy of Logan Couture's overtime snipe. 

Though with the amount of penalties the Kings missed, it perhaps should have been wrapped up sooner. The Sharks' two goals did come on the powerplay so if LA clean up their act we should see a game more like the first two in this series.

 

Both clubs will be looking to get more production from their depth forwards, not much is coming from either outside of their main offensive threats. Particularly for LA, it's Mike Richards and Jeff Carter being asked to do too much work as they have a combined total of 14 points. The Kings have only scored 19 goals. Defensively they are as sound as ever, meaning they still have an excellent chance of winning this contest as long as they stay out of the box. 

I like the chances of a regulation tie at 3.50, for a winner go with LA including overtime at 2.10.

 

Best Bet: New York Rangers to win at 2.25