New York Rangers (32-16-5) at Arizona Coyotes (20-28-7)
|Date & Time||Saturday February 14, 2015, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Arizona Coyotes / New York Rangers --- Over/Under:
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The Rangers look to collect their third win in a row on Saturday as they take to the road to face off against the Coyotes in the desert.
The New York Rangers are the reigning Eastern Conference champions and over the last month or so they have certainly lived up to that billing as they have been one of the league's bets teams over that stretch and could very well get a chance to repeat this season. New York is right in the mix in the Metro division sitting just four points back of the Islanders for the division lead and with a win against Arizona on Saturday they can improve 16-9-1 on the road all the while being without their best player in Henrik Lundqvist. The Rangers' net minder remains out of action due to a neck injury but Cam Talbot has filled in remarkably in his absence and will carry the load until the King is set to return and in a match up tonight against the Coyotes who have been dreadful offensively this season it could prove to be another great opportunity for Talbot and the Rangers to secure two points.
The Coyotes have been as bad as they come this season and last night proved to be another case of not having the talent to compete with the league's best as they dropped a 4-2 decision to the San Jose Sharks. Arizona will likely be in the mix for the top draft pick if this continues and with some key pieces likely on their way out the door things could go from bad to worse for them as guys like Antoine Vermette, Keith Yandle, and Oliver Ekman-Larsson could be wearing different jerseys by March 2nd. Arizona has struggled offensively and now have to face off against a Rangers team that is stingy defensively and is oozing with confidence at the moment and overall this is just a terrible spot for them on home ice. New York should roll.