New York Rangers at Calgary Flames Free NHL Picks & Odds
by Guy Bruhn - 3/27/2014
Friday, March 28, 9:00 PM on MSG+, RSNF
Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta
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The New York Rangers aim to strengthen their impressive 2013/14 road record as they head out on a 4-game stretch away from Madison Square Garden. As one would expect from a team soon to be mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, Calgary has been nothing more than mediocre on their home ice. That being said, the Flames have played rather impressively in the last two weeks and aim to close out their disappointing year with dignity.
The Rangers have been taking care of business lately, winning four straight as favorites and 7 of 10 overall. Defense has been key during that stretch for New York as they've allowed 2 goals or less in 6 of those 10 games. Derick Brassard and Derek Stepan have fueled the offense during the 4-game win streak with one or both scoring goals in each game. The Rangers have a 2-point lead over the Flyers for home ice in the first round and would love to keep that positive play going forward.
Calgary was dominant over last place Edmonton on the 2nd leg of a back to back with an 8-1 victory as +134 underdogs on Saturday. They followed that with another upset win over San Jose with a 2-1 shootout win on Monday. Those two victories put Calgary's record at 5-2 against the spread in their last 7 so the Flames have been hot for bettors recently.
The Flames and Rangers had to settle things in a shootout the last time they met on December 15th. The teams combined for 3 goals in the first and entered the 3rd period tied at 2-2. After trading goals in the 3rd and going scoreless in OT the Rangers finally pulled out a 4-3 shootout win to cash in on the -185 moneyline.
New York is 23-13 straight up on the road this season
New York is 14-17-5 against the over/under on the road this season
Calgary is 17-20 straight up at home this season
Calgary is 15-21-1 against the over/under at home this season
Injuries to Watch
03/24/14 D John Moore Concussion questionable
03/11/14 C Markus Granlund Shoulder out indefinitely
03/07/14 D Dennis Wideman Upper Body likely out for season
03/05/14 RW David Jones Shoulder out indefinitely
Guy's Pick: Take New York
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