NHL Playoff Odds: Rangers vs. Canadiens

The New York Rangers will be battling it out with the Montreal Canadiens in this year's NHL Eastern Conference final, and Bodog has opened the Rangers at 1/1 betting odds to win the series with the Canadiens slightly favored at 10/13. Game 1 gets underway on Saturday afternoon at the Bell Centre.

New York was actually a slight underdog in its opening-round series against Philadelphia even though it had a better record in the regular season. It took the Rangers the full seven games to get by their division rivals, but a 2-1 victory as -155 home favorites on the NHL playoff odds in that series finale kept their title hopes alive. As a heavy underdog against Pittsburgh in the second round New York overcame a 3-1 series deficit with three straight victories to win that series in seven games as well. The Bodog hockey odds had the Rangers as +137 road underdogs in their 2-1 victory in Game 7.

Brad Richards and Martin St. Louis have been the driving force behind the Rangers’ offense in the postseason with a combined seven goals and 10 assists. This team has shown excellent balance throughout all its lines with five other players scoring multiple goals. One of the main reasons that New York has advanced through the first two rounds has been the play of Henrik Lundqvist in goal. Through 14 starts he has a goals-against average of 1.99 and a .931 save percentage.

Montreal cruised through its opening-round series against Tampa Bay with four straight victories but it came into the next round as heavy underdogs on the NHL playoff odds against the East’s top team, the Boston Bruins. That series was a drawn-out battle from Game 1, and in the end it was the Canadiens that stunned their division rivals with a 3-1 victory in Game 7 as +156 road underdogs on the hockey odds. Montreal was as an underdog in all seven games against the Bruins and the total stayed UNDER in three of the final four contests.

The big sticks for Montreal in the playoffs have been Thomas Vanek (five goals and three assists) and P.K. Subban (four goals and eight assists) but there have been plenty of heroes on this team with seven additional players tallying multiple goals. The Canadiens have also received some solid play from goalie Carey Price; in 11 postseason starts he has a 2.15 GAA and a save percentage of .926.

Head-to-head in this matchup, the home team has won seven of the last 10 meetings. The total has stayed UNDER in the last six games between the two teams, and Montreal won five of those six contests.