Calgary Flames (27-24-1-2 SU, 27-27 PL, 23-25-6 O/U) vs New York Rangers (32-18-0-1 SU, 26-25 PL, 27-20-4 O/U)
When: 2:00 PM ET, Sunday, February 5, 2017
Where: Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario
Lines: Rangers -156/ Calgary +141
Sunday afternoon NHL action and the Calgary Flames will grapple with the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Flames have been playing well of late as they have won their last three games in a row, while the Rangers have won four of their last six games. The Under is 4-1 the last five meetings between these teams here in New York.
Backlund Lifts Flames Over Devils In OT
The Calgary Flames are playing well at the moment and with confidence. The just took out the Devils on the road by a score of 4-3 in OT and it was their 3rd win a row and their 2nd road win in a row. They also handed the Devils their 7th straight loss at home in that game. Now they look to keep it going vs a Rangers team that has been erratic of late. The Flames had a 2-0 lead over the Devils, but New Jersey scored the next three and led 3-2 heading to the 3rd. The Flames then tied it in that period and eventually won the game on a goal by Mikael Backlund in the OT period. It was his 15th of the year. Also scoring in the win was Sean Monahan, which was his team-leading 19th of the year, Kris Versteeg, which was his 10th of the year and Matt Stajan, which was his 5th of the year.
Taking the win against the Devils was Brian Elliott, who has now gone 11-13 with a 2.80 GAA on the year, including 6-8 with a 3.02 GAA on the road, while vs the Rangers in his career he has gone 2-7 with a 2.84 GAA. If it is Chad johnson that gets the nod then he is 16-13 with a 2.50 GAA, including 7-6 with a 2.15 GAA on the road, while vs the Rangers in his career he has gone 1-1 with a 3.18 GAA. Calgary comes in ranked 20th in the league in scoring at 2.61 gpg, while also ranking 21st in shots taken (29.4 spg) and 10th in power play conversions, converting on 21.2% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice they have been rather average as they come in ranked 18th in goals allowed, giving up 2.80 gpg, while also ranking 6th in shots allowed (28.1) and 20th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 19.5% of their chances.
Rangers Top Sabres In OT
The New York Rangers have really been an erratic team of late as they have gone just 4-5 in their last nine games. They come in off a 2-1 win over the Sabres on the road and that snapped a mini two-game slide that they were on. Winning on the road has been big for them so far as they have now gone 18-7 away from home, compared to just 14-12 here at home. The Rangers had been having many issues in the crease, but that have been much better of late as they have allowed just 13 goals over their last six games, after allowing 20 goals over their previous four games. Scoring in the win over the Sabres was Mats Zuccarello, which was his 10th of the year and Chris Kreider, whose 20th of the year was the game-winner for the Rangers in OT. The offense has been one of the best in the league all year, but it has bogged down of late as they have now scored just 10 goals over their last five games.
Grabbing the win against the Sabres was Henrik Lundqvist, who is now 22-14 with a 2.73 GAA on the year, including 10-8 with a 3.13 GAA here at home, while vs the Flames in his career he has gone 5-3 with a 2.58 GAA. The Rangers check in at 2nd in the league in scoring at 3.35 gpg, while also ranking 15th in shots taken (29.9 spg) and 12th in power play conversions, converting on 20.8% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice they have been average as they rank 12th in goals allowed, giving up 2.65 gpg, while also ranking 9th in shots allowed (29.2) and 14th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 17.4% of their chances.
- 4-10 in their last 14 Sunday games
- 0-5 in their last five when their opponent scores two goals or less in their previous game
New York is:
- 26-9 in their last 35 vs. the Pacific
- 15-4 in their last 19 vs. the Western Conference
The Flames are playing with confidence right now, while the Rangers have not been playing well of late and they have played much better on the road than at home. Despite that, this is their game. The Flames have gone just 2-45 in their last seven road games and they have lost their last four trips here to New York. The Rangers still have the better offense and their play in the crease is improving. Look for the Rangers to take this one.