Bruins vs Rangers Picks and Predictions for February 28

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Updated: February 27, 2021

The New York Rangers’ Alex Georgiev has stopped 50-of-55 shots against the Boston Bruins this season and will get the chance to face them again on Sunday.

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The Boston Bruins will look to rebound against the New York Rangers on Sunday afternoon after the Blue Shirts embarrassed the B’s 6-2 on Friday.

Boston is finishing the month off on a sour note as the East Division-leading Bruins are 1-4 SU in their last five and have been outscored 23-15.

Oddsmakers have the home Rangers as +145 underdogs with the total opening at 5.5 and shaded to the Over.

Here are our free picks and predictions for Boston Bruins vs. New York Rangers for Sunday, February 28 (12:00 p.m. ET).

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Injuries

Bruins: Kevan Miller D (Questionable), David Krejci F (Questionable).
Rangers: Artemi Panarin F (Out), Kaapo Kakko F (Out), Jacob Trouba D (Out), Filip Chytil F (Out).
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Betting trend to know

The Under is 10-2 in the Rangers’ last 12 games playing on one day of rest. Find more NHL betting trends for Bruins vs. Rangers.

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The line opened at Bruins -1.5, with the total at 5.5. Early action saw the line hold steady. Check back later for a full report from Patrick!

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Moneyline pick

Since drubbing the Flyers a week ago in the outdoor game 7-3, the Bruins have dropped back-to-back games for the second time since Valentine’s Day and were outscored 13-4 in those two defeats. The 1-4 SU run is the worst stretch of hockey the first-place Bruins have produced this year, but at -167 on the moneyline, they’re offering zero discounts.

Both Boston goalies have been shelled of late. Tuukka Rask has allowed 13 goals across his last three starts, while backup Jaroslav Halak has surrendered 10 in his last two. Both veteran goalies will find their groove again but right now they are playing their worst hockey of the season.

This month, the usually stingy Bruins are giving up 3.2 goals per game which is in sharp contrast to their 2.22 GAA in January and league-best 2.39 GAA mark a season ago. 

New York is coming off their best offensive game of the season, despite missing its leading scorer in Artemi Panarin. The Rangers got goals from each of its four lines and have potted a power-play goal in four straight games. We aren’t expecting another beatdown, but the Rags have proven they can hang with the Bruins as they have outscored Boston 8-6 across three matches this year.

New York will go with goalie Alex Georgiev again on Sunday. The young Russian goalie has won back-to-back starts for the first time this year and has stopped 50-of-55 Boston shots over two starts (1-1 SU). 

Georgiev and the Rangers held the Bruins to under 2.00 expected goals on Friday and have covered the +1.5 spread in 15 of their last 17 games. 

New York may sit sixth in the East Division, but this young squad has played a ton of close games this year. Boston will eventually snap out of this slump but at +145, at home and on Sunday afternoon, we have to take the value on the home team.

PREDICTION: Rangers ML (+145)

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Over/Under pick

New York’s six-goal performance on Friday was a season-high as the Rangers are a bottom-10 team in goals per game this year. New York caught the B’s on the backend of a back-to-back Friday and Boston was coming off a 7-2 loss to the Islanders, without much time to regroup. With a full day off and time to digest a pair of ugly losses, Bruce Cassidy’s veteran team should bounce back defensively Sunday afternoon.

The first two matchups yielded a total of six goals and at +100 for the Under 5.5, we’re getting one of the best prices Boston has seen on a total of that size all year — the B’s have not seen a total higher than 5.5 this season.

New York has been one of the best Under teams with a 6-12 O/U mark on the year. The Rangers are in the bottom-10 in the league in goals scored per game at 2.67 while also holding their opponents to the league’s seventh-lowest mark at 2.61 per contest. Missing Panarin is a big loss for this offense, which can’t expect to get goal support from all four lines consistently. 

We’re betting on the Bruins to come out much sharper than their two previous outings and with both clubs sporting Top-10 penalty-killing units, goals could be at a premium in a game that could lack flow and chances with the noon puck drop.

We’re suckers for an early game Under.

PREDICTION: Under 5.5 (+100)

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  • Rangers ML (+145)
  • Under 5.5 (+100)

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