Winnipeg Jets vs. New York Rangers - 3/14/14
New York Rangers (35-27-4) at Winnipeg Jets (30-28-9)
NHL Hockey: Friday, March 14, 2014 at 8:00 pm (MTS Centre)
The Line: Winnipeg Jets +100 / New York Rangers -110 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Rangers continue their Western Conference road swing in Winnipeg on Friday night after dropping a tough one in Minnesota last night against the Wild.
The Rangers underwent some changes in the offseason namely behind the bench as former Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault joined the ranks which took some time to get acclimated with but now has the Blue Shirts challenging for home ice in the first round of the playoffs. New York has been a team in the mix for the better part of a decade as they always seem to bring in big name free agents but they have nothing to show for their efforts since their 1994 Stanley Cup and quite frankly they haven’t even been close. The Rangers do have a great, young team that should put them in a spot to compete for the next handful of seasons but GM Glen Sather is accustomed to winning and he will do anything to get his name back on the Stanley Cup. The Rangers made the biggest splash at the trade deadline by bringing in Martin St. Louis who will be relied on to provide offense and leadership and surely he has the tools to do both.
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The Jets have been a disappointment once again this season but much like the Rangers they started off incredibly slow, made some changes, and are now playing their best hockey of the season but in the Western Conference it might be a little too late for the Jets. Winnipeg is often considered one of the hardest teams to beat at home but this season has been different as they’re just two games above .500 at the MTS Centre which we can attribute to their five point deficit in the playoff race. Paul Maurice has done a great job turning this team around but they’ll have to turn things up even more if they want to make the playoffs and a matchup against an equally desperate Rangers team should prove to be a very exciting contest. However, the Rangers to me are the more complete team and while they played last night against the Wild they get Henrik Lundqvist back between the pipes and that to me will make the difference in the final score.