New York Rangers (19-10-4) at Dallas Stars (15-14-5)
|Date & Time||Monday December 29, 2014, 8:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Dallas Stars -101 / New York Rangers -109 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Rangers look to stay red hot and claim their ninth win in a row as they head into Dallas to take on an improving Stars team.
The Blue Shirts got off to a bit of a slow start this season and the skeptics were smiling as many claimed their run to the Cup finals last year was a big fluke but they are showing now that they are very much a contender in the East and have closed the gap on the Isles and Penguins. New York has won eight straight contests and trail the Islanders by five points for second place in the division which is a pretty incredible feat considering the Islanders have been playing strong as well and it looked like it was going to be a two horse race after the first two months of the season. Henrik Lundqvist will get the call between the pipes as the Rangers look to secure their eighth road win of the year and they will go up against an improving Kari Lehtonen who has pulled his GAA under three over the last two weeks.
The Stars were one of the preseason picks to do some damage in the Western Conference this season after they acquired Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky from the Ottawa Senators but through the first two months they were considered one of the league's bigger disappointments. The Stars sit in sixth place in the Central division and while they are within striking distance of the Wild for fifth they are a clear 10 points back of the Jets and Blues for third which is the bench mark for them at the moment as it represents the final automatic playoff spot for the Central division. Kari Lehtonen has been much better of late and as such the Stars have been able to find ways to win but they will have to come up with a special effort here as the Rangers are playing lights out at the moment and to me have the deeper roster of the two. While Dallas is at home and New York's streak is bound to end soon I think we are getting a great price and a great team and that is something you can't pass up. Take New York here.