NHL Hockey Betting:  New York Rangers at Montreal Canadiens&h=253&w=372&zc=1

Big Eastern Conference matchup on Saturday night as Metropolitan Division entrants the New York Rangers face the top team in the Atlantic Division, the Montreal Canadiens. They Habs have dealt with a slew of injuries this year but have done a good job keeping their momentum. They’re 5-3-2 in their last 10 games and with 58 points led the division by 9 points over the Boston Bruins and 10 over the third place Ottawa Senators. They’ve been extremely good at home with a 15-4-2 record at Centre Bell. The New York Rangers are in a third place tie with Pittsburgh in the Metropolitan Division but if the season ended today the Penguins would hold the tiebreaker. Their 57 points has them four back of second place Washington and five back of Division leading Columbus. The Rangers are 6-4-0 in their last ten games and have an exceptional road record this season at 15-6-0.

This is a second of a back to back situation for New York after losing to the Toronto Maple Leafs at home on Friday night. That also means that backup goalie Antti Raanta will get the start here–he’s got a 10-4 record on the year and has been very capable in his fill in duties for starter Henrik Lundqvist. Montreal has yet to confirm their goaltending selection but having not played on Friday there’s no reason to think that it won’t be starter Carey Price. Price has bounced back nicely from his injury plagued campaign of a year ago and has a record of 20-7-4 with a 2.28 and a 0.922 save percentage with two shutouts.

Montreal has won 4 of the last 6 meetings between the two teams including two of three at the Bell Centre. This is the first meeting of the season but the Habs took two of three from the Rangers last year winning a game on home ice and at Madison Square Garden. Hard to tell which team has the worst injury situation though the Rangers did get Rick Nash back in the lineup on Friday night. Ultimately, this looks like a case of valuation–even in the second of back to back games the price on Montreal is just too high. We’ll take the Rangers as decent sized underdogs.