The New York Rangers and the Colorado Avalanche meet in NHL action from the Pepsi Center on Friday night.
The New York Rangers will be looking to rebound after a 7-2 loss to Pittsburgh in their last outing. The game was scoreless through the opening period before Pittsburgh jumped out to a 3-0 lead just after the midway point of the 2nd with 3 goals in a span of 5:51 before Ryan Strome got the Rangers on the board just :26 after the Pens’ 3rd marker. Pittsburgh went up 4-1 after 40 minutes of play and opened the 3rd period to make it 5-1 before Pavel Buchnevich pulled a goal back just :19 later but 5-2 was as close as the Rangers would get as Pittsburgh would add a pair of goals to put the game on ice and send New York away empty-handed. Henrik Lundqvist took the loss, falling to 12-10-7 this year after allowing 6 goals on 18 shots in the losing effort.
The Colorado Avalanche will be out for a win to snap a 6-game losing streak after a 5-4 loss to the San Jose Sharks in their last outing. San Jose opened the scoring before Matt Calvert tied the game up at 1-1 before the midway point of the period. The Sharks took a 2-1 lead at the end of the 1st and jumped out to a 5-1 advantage before Tyson Jost pulled a goal back before the end of the 2nd. Tyson Barrie made it 5-3 and Jost scored his 2nd of the game to cut the deficit to 5-4 but that’s as close as the Avs got as San Jose slammed the door on any comeback attempt. Phillip Grubauer made the start and got pulled after allowing 4 goals on 14 shots while Pavel Francouz was on the hook for the loss after allowing the game-deciding goal on 13 shots in the losing effort.
New York is 4-10 in their last 14 games overall and 21-48 in their last 69 road games while the over is 10-3 in their last 13 games overall. Colorado is 0-6 in their last 6 games overall and 0-4 in their last 4 home games while the over is 9-4 in their last 13 games against a team with a losing record.
You could make a legitimate case for the Rangers and the plus money here, as Colorado shouldn’t be favored against anybody right now and especially not this heavily. The Rangers have also won their last two road games against equally struggling teams in St. Louis and Nashville. However, it’s also hard to trust the Rangers to put together a complete effort on any night. Instead, I’m going to side with the over as both teams have had issues keeping the puck out of the net as of late and Colorado’s goaltending situation is a mess right now.