The NHL is set up with another great slate of action throughout October 25. Seven games are up on the board throughout Monday night. One of these matchups will be between the Calgary Flames and the New York Rangers. These two teams have been solid early in the season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 7:00 PM Eastern time.
Calgary has opened up this season with a record of 2-1-1, which has them sitting in fourth place of the Pacific division. The Flames have won their last two games after dropping their first two games of the season. Calgary is coming off a disappointing season last season and will look to get going early this season. I expect the Flames to come out quickly in this one.
The Rangers have put up a record of 4-1-1 throughout the start of this season, which has them in the top spot of the Metropolitan division. New York has won their last four games after starting out 0-1-1 this season. The Rangers also missed the postseason a year ago and will look to bounce back early in this campaign. New York will look to set the pace at home early.
These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win on Monday night. Both teams have been undefeated since their 0-1-1 starts to the season. New York has been a bit better with two more games under their belts. The Flames will look to move up the standings though in a very open Pacific division with a big win.
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
|Calgary Flames||+1 ½ (-205)||+122||Over 5 ½ (+112)|
|New York Rangers||-1 ½ (+175)||-135||Under 5 ½ (-123)|
|Team Data||Calgary Flames||New York Rangers|
|Away/ Home Record||2-1-0||0-0-1|
|Goals Per Game||2.75||2.33|
|Goals Per Game Away/ Home||3.00||2.00|
|Save Percentage Away/ Home||.912||.885|
- 69-71 throughout last three seasons
- 22-24 in first half of the season
- 18-11 in last 29 non-Conference games
- 20-25 in last 45 after scoring four or more in previous game
- 30-39 in last 69 games when playing team with winning record
New York Rangers
- 68-67 over last three seasons
- 23-22 in first half of season
- 14-15 in non-Conference games
- 7-9 in last 16 after playing three or more road games
- 5-7 in last 12 games after winning three in a row
These two teams have not met up since the 2019-20 season. Calgary hosted the one matchup that season. Kaapo Kakko had a goal and an assist, but it was not enough for the Rangers. Johnny Gaudreau had a goal and an assist as well. The Flames were able to win that matchup at home with a 4-3 game. Both teams have very different looks though and will look for a big win in this one.
The Flames have not had a strong start on special teams this season. Calgary has scored on 2 of their 12 power play opportunities, which is a 16.7 percent power play. This power play is 22nd in the NHL. The Flames have given up 3 power play goals on 13 penalties against, which is a 76.9 percent kill rate. Calgary’s penalty kill is 20th in the league.
New York’s special teams have been solid to open up the new season. The Rangers have capitalized on 3 of their 24 power play chances, which is a 12.5 percent success rate. New York’s penalty kill has killed off 17 of the 21 penalties against, which is an 81 percent penalty kill. The Rangers power play is 29th in the league, while their penalty kill is 17th in the NHL.
The Rangers have a slight edge on special teams with their penalty kill. Calgary has struggled to get going on either side of special teams in this matchup. The Flames will look to get going in this matchup though. If either team can get an early power play goal, it could be enough for the win.
Jacob Markstrom will likely get the start in the crease for Calgary in this one. Markstrom has earned a record of 1-1-1 through his three starts this season. He has posted a .924 save percentage and a GAA of 2.30 in those starts. Markstrom stopped all 33 shots he faced in his last start against the Detroit Red Wings.
#Flames starting Jacob Markstrom tonight in New York.
No other changes from Saturday in Washington.
— Pat Steinberg (@Fan960Steinberg) October 25, 2021
I expect Igor Shesterkin to get the nod in the net for the Rangers on Monday night. Shesterkin has started in four games this season, going 3-0-1 in those matchups. He has put up a save percentage of .953 and a 1.47 GAA in those games. Shesterkin finished with 28 saves on 29 shots against the Nashville Predators in his last start, which was enough for a win.
These two goalies have been strong early in this season. Shesterkin has been a bit better throughout his starts and will look to give his team the edge in this one. If Markstrom can build on his last outing though, it could be enough for a big win. I expect both goalies to try and set the pace early.
The Rangers have been hot as of late, but I think that Calgary will come out stronger in this one. The Flames have looked solid on the road this season and I think they will keep it going in this one. Shesterkin will not keep up a .953 throughout the season and I think Calgary’s offense can break through.
BetOnline has New York listed as a -135 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Rangers will win this game around 57.5 percent of the time. New York has been solid as of late, but I think they are due for a loss in this one. If Calgary can come out hot on the road and control the pace, I believe they will pull off the upset.