[10:00 PM] Rangers @ Flames

Who will WIN this matchup?

New York Rangers (10-4-0)

@ Calgary Flames (5-9-1)


Starting Goalies:

Henrik Lundqvist (NYR): Confirmed

Brian Elliott (CGY): Likely


Current odds:

New York Rangers: (-130)

Calgary Flames: (+118)


A home-friendly schedule has the New York Rangers tied with reigning Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh atop the Metropolitan Division. Now the league’s highest-scoring team will get a chance to see if it can continue its success away from Madison Square Garden when the Rangers open a four-game road trip at the Calgary Flames on Saturday night.

Calgary has dropped three straight games and has surrendered 20 goals during a 1-4-0 start to November. The defensive woes do not bode well for a matchup with the Rangers, who have poured in 29 goals in their six last contests.

While offense has not been an issue for New York, Vigneault was not pleased with the play of his defensemen and tinkered with some of the pairing during practice at Thursday. Among the moves was shifting rookie Brady Skjei, who has nine assists but is still in search of his first goal, to the right side on a pairing with Marc Staal.

Calgary has been outscored 13-3 during its three-game skid but the one positive to come out of Thursday’s 4-2 loss to Dallas was the awakening of Johnny Gaudreau, who scored a pair of goals to double his season total. The Flames’ special teams continue to be a nightmare, ranking last in the league on the power play and next-to-last on the penalty kill.

Rangers G Henrik Lundqvist is 4-3-0 with a 2.81 goals-against average versus the Flames.


StreakSmarts Pick: New York Rangers

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick