New York Rangers vs. Calgary Flames - 12/15/13
Calgary Flames (13-15-4) at New York Rangers (15-17-1)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Rangers -200 / Calgary Flames +181 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The New York Rangers look to snap their losing streak when they host the Calgary Flames on Sunday night at Madison Square Garden. New York has been playing terrible hockey of late and have done nothing to even show that they're ready to come out of it. One of the biggest problems for the Rangers has been the play of Henrik Lundqvist this year. Lundqvist is 9-14-1 with a 2.71 goals against average and .910 save percentage and is having the worst season of career. On top of that New York's goal scoring has completely fallen off lately and their bottom two lines have contributed slmost nothing to the lineup. The Rangers fell behind by three goals in the first period on Thursday night to the Columbus Blue Jackets and never recovered on their way to a 4-2 loss. New York has lost their identity this season and when you watch them play you can see that the Rangers just aren't a very difficult club to play against. Sunday night is another opportunity for them to get things going against a bad Calgary Flames club but one that has played some better hockey lately. The Flames got a third period goal from Paul Byron to tie the game against the Buffalo Sabres 1-1 before Matt Stajan won it for them with his sixth goal of the season in overtime. It's a tough spot for the Flames on Sunday night having to play back-to-back on top of dealing with travel issues getting into New York with a snow storm affecting things everywhere. But the Flames have a good opportunity to make this a very good road trip because they're playing a Rangers team that is really struggling with their confidence right now and that isn't getting very solid goaltending from Lundqvist. Once again we have th Rangers as heavy favorites and once againt they don't deserve to be anything close to that. We've gotten it right with two heavy underdogs against New York this week but this is one I'd stay away from.
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