New York Rangers (28-30-6) at Calgary Flames (32-24-9)
|Date & Time||Friday March 2, 2018, 9:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Calgary Flames / New York Rangers --- Over/Under: 5.5
NHL action comes to the Scotiabank Saddle dome where the Calgary Flames host the New York Rangers.
The New York Rangers have been in a free fall for quite awhile and their postseason hopes have gone by the wayside. New York did snap an eight game slide with a 6-5, OT win at Vancouver where the team blew a 3-0 lead. Vancouver saw two goals from Brock Boeser with Bo Horvat, Daniel Sedin and Nikolay Goldobin all lighting the lamp.
Kevin Hayes paced the Rangers offensive explosion with a pair of goals with Jimmy Vesey, Vladislav Namestnikov and Mika Zibanejad scoring in regulation before John Gilmour netted the winner in the extra session. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 50 shots for New York while Jacob Markstrom allowed three goals on five shots before Anders Nilsson stopped 19-22 in relief.
The Calgary Flames are fighting for positioning in the postseason but have been inconsistent the past few weeks with losses in five of seven after a 5-2 setback at Colorado on Wednesday where Mikael Backlund and Michael Frolik scored for a short lived 2-0 lead.
The Avalanche scored five unanswered goals with Nathan MacKinnon, Nikita Zadorov, Tyson Barrie, Matt Nieto and Duncan Siemens all found the back of the net. Blake Comeau and Carl Soderberg each added a pair of helpers for the Avs to support the 30 save effort of Semyon Varlamov while David Rittich allowed four goals on 33 shots for Calgary.
Rangers are 0-4 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and over is 5-0 in Rangers last 5 vs. Pacific and under is 4-0 in Rangers last 4 games following a win. Over is 5-0 in Flames last 5 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game and Flames are 1-6 in their last 7 Friday games and Flames are 1-6 in their last 7 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game. Rangers are 6-1 in the last 7 meetings and home team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings and over is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings in Calgary.
I’ll dig in to this further but my initial though was go with the over pending goalie confirmation…