It’s been a rough go of it for the Rangers lately, as they look to snap out of a four-game losing streak. They’ve also lost seven of their last eight games, the most recent coming against the Bruins. The Rangers didn’t manage to keep it a competitive game as they were sent packing with a 6-1 loss. They got off to an abysmal start this season, then they started to turn it back around, and now they’re currently hitting a dead cat bounce as they continue the downward trend.
The Rangers enter with a record of 25-24-1 as they attempt to keep their head above water against the Calgary Flames. The Flames are coming off a nice 3-2 win over the Devils last night for the second game of their road trip. After dropping six in a row, the Flames have bounced back with three in a row for the win column. All of them were tight matchups, with a 4-3 and 3-2 win over the Hawks, and 3-2 against the Devils.
We’ll see if the Flames can kick the Rangers while they’re down on Friday night. I thought they were going to be able to break out of the funk and catch Boston in a letdown spot, but the Rangers were lifeless on the ice. This is the second consecutive game that the Rangers will catch a team coming off a back-to-back. That usually helps out, but it didn’t do much to slow down the Bruins.
Henrik Lundqvist has been struggling mightily for the Rangers this season, and was pulled yet again in the last outing. It was the third time in the last five games that Lundqvist got yanked. Everything has been snowballing on the Rangers, as they have now lost ten of their last thirteen. Another loss against a team who just played the night before could be devastating for the Rangers. Head below for our free Flames vs. Rangers pick.
Calgary Flames vs. N.Y. Rangers Pick
The Rangers had a choice a few years ago. Keep Cam Talbot and slowly usher out the Lundqvist era, or say goodbye to Talbot and see what Henrik has left in the tank. Lundqvist finished with a 2.74 GAA a year ago and currently has a 2.77 GAA. Do you want to find the last time he had a GAA of more than 2.50 in his career? You’re not going to be successful, because last season and the 2017-18 season is the only years he’s eclipsed that mark. As a team, the Rangers have allowed a whopping 3.9 goals per game in their last ten games. That’s not the formula that made the Rangers a contender with Henrik. Overall, they’re allowing 3.04 goals per game.
Lundqvist admitted that he played the worst game of his career against the Bruins. It was a humiliating performance, and it’s been a humiliating stretch of games for the Rangers. The Flames have been perfect on their six-game road trip thus far, but have not been at their best in NYC. In their last five trips, they’ve gone 0-5. The Rangers have won five of the last six meetings overall. I think a little bit of pride is going to shine through for the Rangers tonight. They’ve been playing embarrassing hockey, but should give a much better effort tonight in an effort to stop the bleeding.
PICK: RANGERS (+106)