Phoenix Coyotes at New York Rangers Free NHL Picks & Odds
by Josh Schonwald - 3/23/2014
Monday, March 24, 6:00 PM on FAZ+, MSG
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
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The Phoenix Coyotes and the New York Rangers last met back on the opening day of the season when the Coyotes were able to pull off the 4-1 home win. The hero of the night was right winger Radim Vrbata, who started his season in style with his fifth career hat trick.
In front of a packed house and their new owners, the Coyotes were able to to get on the board early in the first period thanks to Kyle Chipchura's goal. That lead lasted until three minutes into the second period when Marc Staal scored a power-play goal for the Rangers. From then on, it was all Vrbata. The forward scored his first goal in the middle of the second period after New York missed multiple chances on the power play. His second was a power-play goal early in the third. He finished off his hat trick in the middle of the third, which put the game to bed.
Phoenix goalie Mike Smith didn't have much to do in the game thanks to the Coyotes' defense, but he did make multiple saves on the penalty kill to keep his team's advantage intact. He ended up with 23 saves on the night, but none were bigger than the one he made with his mid-section against Benoit Pouliot in the second period to keep the sides level.
Phoenix had 30 penalty minutes to the Rangers' 18, but they had 12 more shots on goal.
Phoenix is 13-22 straight up on the road this season
Phoenix is 15-20-0 against the over/under on the road this season
New York is 16-20 straight up at home this season
New York is 14-17-5 against the over/under at home this season
Injuries to Watch
03/20/14 D David Schlemko Lower Body out indefinitely
03/21/14 LW Benoit Pouliot Personal questionable
Josh's Pick: Take New York
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