There aren’t a lot of instances you can say a 20-12-2-2 team needs to stop the bleeding. But in the case of the New York Rangers, they need to address the bleeding and get it to stop quickly. Because the Rangers that we have watched the last couple of weeks has been completely out of character. There is no time for panic or anything of the sort, the NHL season isn’t even into January yet. However, for a Rangers team that we are so accustomed watching blowing others out so easily, it leaves people asking questions. Like is this just a bad stretch or more of a sign of things to come for the Rangers? I will say it right now, the Rangers are not a bad team. However, I really don’t know if they have what it takes to win a Stanley Cup. The window is closing anyway, and the Rangers had their chances the past few seasons. There are a lot of people looking at Henrik Lundqvist, waiting for him to break out and look more like Henrik. Because right now there have been holes in the defense and Lundqvist hasn’t been the unbreakable netminder we have come to know.
A 2.42 GAA is not awful in comparison to the rest of the league, but when comparing it to the way he has performed throughout his career, Henrik has been in a slump. I have no doubt he is going to turn it around, but the rest of the team has to help him out once in a while. The Rangers have depended on him for so long to bail them out, that when he is playing not so well, the rest of the team has to rise up and pick up the slack. The Rangers are losers of seven of their last ten games. Not the most Rangers like run. But nobody remembers the way teams played in December when spring time starts to come around. The Rangers are fortunate that they can clear up some cobwebs now before it’s late in the season. We look for a winner tonight between the Rangers and Predators.
N.Y. Rangers vs. Nashville Predators NHL Pick
The Predators welcome the Rangers to Tennessee tonight, where the Preds look to improve on a 17-12-5-1 record. They are a below average 4-6 in their last ten games. Just like the Rangers, the Predators have been stuck in a bit of a rut lately. They both aren’t bad teams, or the kind of teams we have seen them play like lately. And neither are in a state of disrepair here, last time I checked they’re both in relatively comfortable positions. Lundqvist will get hot, who knows when that will be, though. I suspect it will be sooner rather than later.
It very well could happen tonight, because Henrik has been phenomenal against the Nashville Predators. Note that over the course of his career, he has posted a 1.50 GAA against them. Statistically these teams have been even for the most part. The Rangers do have the edge in goal scoring with 2.86 goals scored per game, compared to 2.57 for the Predators. I think the price in this game should represent a coin-flip. The Preds in my opinion shouldn’t be this big of favorites. The dog in the Rangers looks mighty tempting to take for Monday night in the NHL.
PICK: RANGERS TO WIN +115