Wednesday NHL odds: Boston Bruins at NY Rangers

Two teams expected to contend for the Eastern Conference title face off for the second time in this early NHL season when the Bruins play their first road game of the season, visiting the winless Rangers. New York opened as a -130 WagerWeb.com favorite to get that first victory. Check our current odds.

New York (0-2) the preseason Stanley Cup favorite after leading the East in points a season ago, enters off a 6-3 home loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday. Ryan Callahan scored a power-play goal that briefly lifted New York into a 1-1 tie, Taylor Pyatt got the Rangers within three at 6:04 of the third, and Rich Nash added a short-handed tally to make it 5-3 with 5:15 remaining. It was Nash’s first goal as a Ranger. Reigning Vezina Trophy winner Henrik Lundqvist got half a game to rest after stopping just 14-of-18 shots. “I was not going to keep him in there, not with what was going on in front of him,” Coach John Tortorella said.

Boston (2-0) beat Winnipeg 2-1 in a shootout on Monday. Patrice Bergeron helped kill off a large portion of short-handed time in overtime before he finished off his day with a goal in the shootout. Tyler Seguin scored the other shootout goal and Brad Marchand had the regulation goal for the Bruins. Boston was short-handed for 2 minutes, 17 seconds of overtime after playing the final 71 seconds of regulation short-handed. Tuukka Rask made 26 saves in regulation and held the Jets to only Blake Wheeler’s score in the shootout. Bryan Little, the last shooter, hit the right post to end the game. Bruins D Dennis Seidenberg missed the game with an undisclosed lower body injury but should play Wednesday.

The Bruins and Rangers opened the season in Boston, with the home team winning 3-1. Rask stopped 20 shots for Boston in his first game since taking over as starter from two-time Vezina Trophy winner Tim Thomas. Johnny Boychuk, Milan Lucic and Daniel Paille scored for Boston. Brad Richards scored for the Rangers on an assist from Nash. Lundqvist made 31 saves.

The Rangers have allowed nine goals over the course of two games. They did that only once last season — in Games 81 and 82 against the Penguins (5-2 loss) and Capitals (4-1 loss). A three-game losing streak is barely a streak and nothing to fret over during an 82-game season. But in a 48-game season, it’s a much bigger deal and something the Rangers need to avoid against a quality opponent like Boston. Last season, the Rangers lost three straight in regulation just once.

WagerWeb.com trends: Bruins are 7-1 in their last 8 road games. Bruins are 7-1 in their last 8 vs. a team with a losing record. Bruins are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Atlantic. Rangers are 1-5 in their last 6 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game. Rangers are 0-4 in their last 4 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game. Rangers are 0-5 in their last 5 overall. Rangers are 0-5 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference. Bruins are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings. Bruins are 3-11 in the last 14 meetings in New York.

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