Alexis Lafrenière (13) of the New York Rangers in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, in Uniondale, NY The Islanders won 6-1. (AP Photo / Frank Franklin II)
- Boston Bruins (31-14-7) host New York Rangers (26-22-6) on Thursday night
- Rangers fired their chairman and chief executive on Wednesday
- Here are the odds, team previews and the best bet available.
The New York Rangers are two games away from finishing this circus and calling it a season.
The organization sent a letter calling the league before firing its president and CEO. All this while the team wraps up another fruitless season. The last two games are against the Boston Bruins, starting with a date Thursday night.
Rangers vs Bruins odds – May 6
|Team||Broadcast||Moneyline at DraftKings||Total|
|New York Rangers||+1.5 (-152)||+170||O 5.5 (-107)|
|Boston Bruins||-1.5 (+128)||-205||U 5.5 (-114)|
Odds as of May 5
Let’s take a closer look at the Rangers’ tough course, as well as the state of the Bruins to try and find the best bet on the board.
Rangers staggering on and off the ice
Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson ended Artemi Panarin’s season after throwing him on the ice in a scrum earlier this week. The incident and the lack of discipline sparked the events which ended in a major upheaval in the Rangers front office. It’s been a distracting end to another fruitless season in New York, but really, would you expect anything less from a team owned by James Dolan?
– New York Rangers (@NYRangers) May 4, 2021
Wednesday night the Capitals and Rangers met again and it was instant chaos. After the initial brawl, the inevitable happened. Washington won with ease. It seems clear that New York is ready to cross the finish line and start their summer.
A player to focus on the last two games of the season is the overall top pick Alexis Lafreniere. After opening the season as a big favorite to win the Calder Trophy as the league’s top rookie, the Rangers rookie won’t even be nominated.
Alexis Lafreniere’s second goal of the season in rehearsal please pic.twitter.com/qR7PFt72wD
– Rangers on MSG (@RangersMSGN) February 20, 2021
He has 11 goals and nine assists while playing just 13 minutes per game. He hasn’t seen any power play time and that could change at the end of the season. With Panarin absent, it seems natural to plug the gifted winger for a few games to boost his confidence heading into the offseason. How big will the decline be from an MVP caliber player earning over $ 11.5 million to a rookie who hasn’t lived up to the hype? Probably quite big.
Track odds for 2021 NHL Eastern and Western Conference titles
Marchand Strong closing campaign
Bruins forward Brad Marchand ends the regular season playing excellent hockey. He has six goals and seven assists in the last 10 games and is now sixth in the league in both categories. Once known as a pest, Marchand has grown into one of the league’s most elite talents. He’s a lock to appear on Team Canada at the Olympics, and for good reason.
Scoring 27 goals and 36 assists in this shortened season has been impressive.
– NHL (@NHL) May 4, 2021
The fact that he’s 17 points more than the next best Bruin puts an end to the idea that it’s just his teammates helping him. He has seven points in six games against New York this season and has a great chance to build on those numbers in the last two games. There’s a lot at stake for Boston with the playoff standings still pending, so expect to see Marchand and his teammates Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak sooner and later.
Boston in first position to win big
The Bruins are clearly the favorites for a reason. Although they blocked a place in the playoffs, they could still finish anywhere from first to fourth in the Eastern Division. That should be more than enough motivation for them to bring their best game into this game. On the flip side, the Rangers seem content to be counting the final 120 minutes of the season and putting that mess in the rearview mirror. Trust Boston to win big, making the puck line the best bet.
Pick: Bruins -1.5 (+128)
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Ryan has worked at TSN for over eleven years and is now Senior Writer and Content Producer at That’s Hockey. Over the years, he launched and hosted TSN’s first NCAAF podcast, The College Football Show, and has been featured on TSN 1050, Sportscentre, and That’s Hockey 2Nite.