After scoring the winning goal, New York Rangers’ Ryan Lindgren (55) is congratulated by teammate Adam Fox (23) during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/John Munson)
- The New York Rangers visit the Boston Bruins as road underdogs on Friday, November 26th, 2021
- The Rangers are 10-1 in their last 11 games vs Eastern Conference opponents
- See the Rangers vs Bruins odds, betting analysis, and best bet for this Original 6 matchup
It’s an early Black Friday matchup between two original six rivals on Friday, November 26th, 2021 as the Rangers are in Boston for a 1:00 PM EST afternoon game against the Bruins at TD Garden. As the home team, Boston is the favorite, in the Rangers vs Bruins odds, with both teams playing some really good hockey heading into this matchup.
The Rangers are 6-1 in their last seven contests, while the Bruins are 4-1 in their last five. Let’s take a look at the Rangers vs Bruins Friday NHL odds as we break down SBD’s best pick for this one.
Rangers vs Bruins Odds
|Game Time||Team||Puck Line||Total||Moneyline|
|1:00 PM EST||New York Rangers||+1.5 (-190)||O 6 (-110)||+140|
|November 26th, 2021||Boston Bruins||-1.5 (+160)||U 6 (-110)||-165|
Odds as of November 25th at DraftKings
Traditionally, I’d say early afternoon games lend themselves to a lot of goals because the players are out of their routine and more prone to mistakes. If anybody is going to be lighting the lamp often in this one, watch out for the Blueshirts forward Chris Kreider, who had two goals in a 4-1 win over the Islanders on Wednesday. The NHL odds listed the Rangers as short road favorites in that matchup.
Kreider Adds Betting Value to Rangers
Leon Draisaitl is off to a phenomenal start to the season, leading the league with an incredible 20 goals in just 19 games, but sitting in a three-way tie for second is Kreider, a player who was nowhere to be seen in the Rocket Richard odds earlier this season and traditionally hasn’t been amongst the NHL goal-scoring leaders.
NHL Rocket Richard Race
|Player||Goals This Year||Goals Last Year|
|Leon Draisaitl (EDM)||20 (1st)||31 (4th)|
|Chris Kreider (NYR)||15 (T 2nd)||20 (T 30th)|
|Alex Ovechkin (WSH)||15 (T 2nd)||24 (T 13th)|
|Andrew Mangiapane (CGY)||15 (T 2nd||18 (T 50th|
|Connor McDavid (EDM)||14 (5th)||33 (T 2nd)|
The Rangers sniper has also been on a bit of a tear of late with eight goals in his last nine games, so it’ll be key for the Bruins to stop him if they want to win this one. It will also be vital for them to stay out of the penalty box as Kreider has done a ton of damage on the man advantage this year.
— NHL Network (@NHLNetwork) November 25, 2021
Both teams are off to very good starts to the season, but surprisingly the Rangers sit 3rd, and the Bruins sit 5th in their respective divisions. Neither are considered Stanley Cup favorites, but both currently sit in the top 10 in the Stanley Cup odds and are definitely considered contenders.
It’s the first time these teams are meeting each other this year after seeing each other eight times last year where Boston had a slight edge winning five games.
Rangers vs Bruins Recent Results
|Date||Home-Away||Money Line||Puck Line||Over/Under|
|05/08/2021||BOS 4 – NYR 5||NYR||NYR||Over|
|05/06/2021||BOS 4 – NYR 0||BOS||BOS||Under|
|03/13/2021||BOS 0 – NYR 4||NYR||NYR||Under|
|03/11/2021||BOS 4 – NYR 0||BOS||BOS||Under|
|02/28/2021||NYR 1 – BOS 4||BOS||BOS||Under|
Igor Shesterkin is expected to get the start between the pipes for the Rangers. The netminder’s Vezina trophy odds have shortened since the start of the year with his stellar play as he’s posted a 10-3-2 record with a 2.24 goals against average and .932 save percentage, which is good for 7th in the league.
Rangers vs Bruins Picks & Prediction
It’s tough to predict who will come out victorious in this one, and it’s not made any easier with the curveball of a 1 PM EST puck drop. The oddsmakers might be banking on some sloppiness as they set the over/under line at 6 instead of the usual 5.5, but I’m not buying the goals in this one.
If we go off recent history between these two, the betting money has to be on the under in the NHL odds, which they’ve hit in six of their eight games against each other last year. I’m expecting a low-scoring, tough, grind it out contest so the pick here is to take the under in Rangers vs Bruins. Under 6 goals is listed at -110 in the Friday NHL odds at DraftKings Sportsbook.
Pick: Under 6 (-110)
George has had a lifelong love affair with sports and studying sports statistics since he was a kid. He graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism that eventually led him to TSN where he worked for over 15 years, and spent the last decade there as a producer.