The Calgary Flames are on the road at the New York Rangers on Monday. Madison Square Garden will be the host of the game. The Flames are 25-22-5 on the season, for 55 points on the season. Calgary is 5th in the Pacific Division. The Flames are coming off a win over the Islanders on Saturday, and overall have won four straight games.
For the Rangers, they are 33-16-3 on the season. That 69 points is 1st in the Metro Division. The Rangers have won four straight games as well, including a road win at the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday.
The New York Rangers are big favorites. The Rangers are -166 and the total is listed at 6.5 goals.
Flames Looking to Surge
It has been a nice month for the Flames. After losing four in a row to finish January, the Flames are on a four game winning streak. The four game losing streak saw them get outscored 16-9. In the four game winning streak, the Flames are outscoring teams 15-6.
The Flames are scoring 3.13 goals per game. That ranks 16th in the league. The defense is allowing teams to score 3.02 per game. Calgary is taking 31.3 shots per game. The top scorer for the Flames has been Nazem Kadri. He has 44 points on the season, with a team leading 28 assists on the season.
Calgary will look to stay hot with a stretch of four straight home games. The Flames will host the Sharks on Thursday, Detroit on Saturday, Winnipeg on Monday and Boston on Thursday. The next road game after this will be February 24th in Edmonton.
Rangers Continue Solid Hockey
New York comes into the game 12th in scoring and 8th in defense. Nothing the Rangers have been doing has been elite, but they are doing everything well. The Rangers have the fifth best power play, and fifth in facebook percentage. The Rangers have not lost a game since January 26th at home to Vegas.
The Rangers are anchored in scoring by Arnemi Panarin. The start has 68 points on the season, which is 20 more than second place for the Rangers. Chris Krieder and Mika Zibanejad both have 48 on the season. Panarin has 31 goals and 37 assists.
New York will remain at home on Thursday to take on the Canadiens. After that, the Rangers are at the Islanders on Sunday. New York then stays at home for a game on February 20th, before trips to New Jersey, Philadelphia and Columbus.
Rangers Top Flames
The New York Rangers are going to win this game. The Rangers are the better team. The Rangers are the tougher team, and the Rangers are the home team. Take nothing away from the way Calgary has been playing as of late. In the end, the Rangers win this game, and win it by two or more goals. Take the Rangers on the puckline. The final bet for this game is the New York Rangers -1.5 (+146) over the Calgary Flames.