New York Rangers (10-11-0) at Dallas Stars (11-7-2)
|Date & Time||Thursday November 21, 2013, 8:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Dallas Stars -126 / New York Rangers +114 --- Over/Under: 5
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Rick Nash returned to the New York Rangers lineup on Tuesday night against the Boston Bruins and it was a welcome sight for Rangers fans. Nash didn't light the world on fire in his first game back on the ice since suffering a concussion in San Jose earlier in the year, but his presences alone is a big factor for this team and something that it much needed for the Rangers moving forward. Right now New York is generating plenty of chances but they lack finish in every sense of the word. Nash should help that once he gets back into a rhythym. New York has a line of Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan, and Mats Zuccarello that works extremely well together, generates tons of chances, but just can't put the puck in the net. It has been a problem for years for the Rangers and something that they really need to figure out if they're going to make a deep run in the playoffs this year. Henrik Lundqvist allowed two bad goals in the 2-1 defeat to the Bruins on Tuesday and right now he's off to arguably the worst start of his career. If Lundqvist can't figure it out the Rangers have no chance, but odds are that he will. If Lundqvist reverts to form then it's going to come down to Nash and the rest of the forwards to score consistently to give this team a chance.
Dallas returns home after an excellent road trip and the Stars have now won six of their last seven to improve their record to 11-7-2. Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn have found this great chemistry that makes them must watch on a nightly basis. Kari Lehtonen continues to prove why he's one of the most underrated goaltenders in the National Hockey League year after year. Lindy Ruff is reminding everyone why he lasterd so long in Buffalo and the Sabres were reluctant to ever fire him. Dallas is loaded with young talent and with Lehtonen in net and Ruff behind the bench the Stars are going to be a real pain for a lot of teams in the Western Conference. It's always tough returning home for that first game after a road trip but the Stars have been playing really good hockey lately so it's hard to bet against them.