In their first head-to-head meeting of the regular season, the Calgary Flames and the New York Rangers face off at Madison Square Garden in an East-West matchup. The opening face-off takes place at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, February 9, and you can witness the game live on Sportsnet West.
Calgary Flames at New York Rangers Odds
Calgary (+110) is entering this one as the underdog to Calgary (-130) and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals. The line for betting the total stands at -120 for the over and +100 for the under.
Calgary is 28-26 straight up (SU) and has lost 4.0 units for moneyline bettors this year. 28 of its contests have gone under the total, while 24 have gone over and just one has pushed. The Flames are 15-10 SU on the road in 2017-18.
Calgary has converted on just 16.9 percent of its power play chances this year, a figure that’s ranked 23rd in the NHL. Its penalty kill is ranked 19th in the league, and the team’s successfully killed off 79.7 percent of its penalties.
For the team as a whole, Calgary has been sent to the penalty box 4.2 times per game overall this season, and 5.4 per game over its last five road outings. The team has been forced to kill penalties just 8.0 minutes per game over their last five outings.
Averaging 29.0 saves per game with a .922 save percentage, Mike Smith (23-22-6) has been the best option in goal for Calgary this year. If it decides to rest him, however, Calgary may roll with David Rittich (5-4-2 record, .927 save percentage, 2.20 goals against average).
Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan will both spearhead the attack for the visiting Flames. Gaudreau has 64 points on 18 goals and 46 assists, and has recorded two or more points 18 times. Monahan has 27 goals and 22 assists to his credit, and has registered at least one point in 31 games.
New York is 25-29 straight up (SU) and has lost 6.7 units for moneyline bettors thus far. 30 of its games have gone over the total, while 22 have gone under and just two have pushed. This year, the team’s 17-13 SU at home.
New York has converted on 20.0 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 12th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 81.9 percent of all opponent power plays.
New York skaters have been sent to the penalty box 3.6 times per game in total this season, 3.6 per game over their past five contests total, and 3.2 per game over their last five home outings. The team has been forced to kill penalties just 7.6 minutes per contest over their last five home games.
Henrik Lundqvist has stopped 28.2 shots per game as the primary netminder in goal for New York. Lundqvist has 21 wins, 25 losses, and four overtime losses and has recorded a .917 save percentage and 2.77 goals against average this year.
Mats Zuccarello (eight goals, 30 assists) will pace the attack for the Rangers.
Calgary Flames vs. New York Rangers Betting Predictions