New York Rangers vs. Calgary Flames - 10/25/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Calgary Flames (2-5-0) at New York Rangers (5-2-2)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Rangers / Calgary Flames --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: MSG, TSN
The Calgary Flames and New York Rangers square off Sunday at Madison Square Garden.
The Calgary Flames could use a big victory here after a rough 2-5 start to the season. The Calgary Flames are averaging 2.1 goals per game and are scoring on 15.8 percent of their power plays. Mark Giordano leads Calgary with three goals, Jiri Hudler has four assists and David Jones has 11 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing 3.9 goals per game and are killing 78.3 percent of their power play chances. Jonas Hiller has allowed 15 goals on 127 shots faced and Karri Ramo has given up 11 goals on 91 shots. Hiller has allowed two or less goals in six of his last 10 outings. Michael Ferland is questionable with a lower-body injury.
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The New York Rangers look to rebound after a shootout loss to the Flyers on Saturday. The New York Rangers are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 15 percent of their power plays. Mats Zuccarello leads New York with four goals, Kevin Hayes has three assists and Derek Stepan has 22 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing two goals per game and are killing 86.2 percent of their power play chances. Henrik Lundqvist has allowed 16 goals on 272 shots faced and Antti Raanta has given up zero goals on 22 shots. Raanta has allowed two or less goals in five straight outings. Viktor Stalberg is doubtful with a head injury.
The Flames are 2-5 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record and 1-6 in their last 7 road games. The Rangers are 5-0 in their last 5 games following OT on the previous day and 36-15 in their last 51 games playing on 0 days rest. The Flames are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in New York and 1-5 in the last 6 meetings overall.
Lundqvist isn't going to start in this game due to rest, which does give the Flames a chance. However, Calgary hasn't shown us much so far this year to think they even have a chance against Rannta. I like the Rangers to get this win.