New York Rangers (17-9-1) at Winnipeg Jets (13-13-3)
|Date & Time||Thursday December 8, 2016, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Winnipeg Jets +100 / New York Rangers -110 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The New York Rangers look to get back in the win column after a loss against the Islanders as they head into the MTS Centre to do battle with the Winnipeg Jets.
The Rangers look to continue their hot start and send the Jets to a defeat at home in what should be a very exciting contest on Thursday night and after a loss against their cross town rivals their last time out the Blue Shirts will be ready for this one. New York has been the class of the Eastern Conference so far this season and have been able to beat teams in a number of different ways, and while some expected this to be a season of regression for the Rangers they are silencing those critics early and look like a Cup contender early on. Antti Raanta has been confirmed as tonight’s starter for New York as they play in the first leg of a back to back and he will likely face off against Mike Hutchinson who continues to split time with Connor Hellebuyck.
The Jets meanwhile are sitting at .500 on the season and are sitting right around their projection as they look to get back in the playoff picture after a tough go last season. Winnipeg is thrilled with how rookie Patrick Laine has been playing and the young Finnish star who was selected second overall in last year’s draft is on a torrid scoring pace and while he is bound to slow down he has been exciting to watch and should be in the running for the Calder all season long. The Jets are usually a tough out on home ice but the Rangers seem to be finding ways to win wherever they are playing and Raanta’s numbers have been great this season as he is 5-1 with a 2.20 GAA. New York is a slight road favourite here and while they should respond after last game I think the Jets are worth a look here at home against a back up goalie and that’s where we are leaning.