The Calgary Flames showed just how dominant they can be when everything is clicking when they dismantled the New Jersey Devils in a 9-4 drubbing on Tuesday. Johnny Gaudreau was the sparkplug in that victory, putting up a career-high of six points in the score sheet. Now the Flames have to make sure they don’t get caught in this “look ahead” game against the slumping New York Rangers. While New York has lost its first two games of the road trip, the Flames are hoping to build momentum ahead of a big Saturday game against the Winnipeg Jets.
Rangers vs Flames Betting Analysis
Calgary owns the No. 3 offence in the NHL in producing 3.57 goals per game and has scored 15 times in its last two outings. The Rangers have only scored 13 times this month – a span of seven games – but remain one of the better underdog puckline bets in the league. They will be big underdogs again in this one before they fly to Minnesota for a Saturday date with the Wild.
The Flames are an excellent over wager for total bettors. They have the over running at a 37-29-3 clip this season and the over is 23-7-3 in the club’s home games this season.
New York Rangers
Don’t tell David Quinn, but his team’s recent struggles could be just what the Rangers need down the road. Wednesday’s listless 4-1 loss to Vancouver moved the Blueshirts to seventh from last place, so while they get closer to the league’s basement, they’re improving their odds for a better first-round draft pick. That’s what it’s come to for this year’s team. Sure, there are bright spots, but this team needs time for its prospects to develop – that much was on display in Vancouver. The Canucks scored twice in 11 seconds in the second period while enjoying a pair of five-minute power plays in the frame and didn’t give the Rangers a sniff of the net for most of the evening. Pavel Buchnevich tallied his 16th goal of the season in the third on the power play.
Johnny Hockey had a night to remember against New Jersey, scoring a hat trick to go along with a trio of assists. Gaudreau now leads the team with 33 goals, 57 assists and 90 points (tied for fourth in league scoring with Sidney Crosby). That was just the type of effort Flames fans were hoping for after Gaudreau went three straight games without a point and nine games without a goal before his outburst. His linemates Sean Monahan and Elias Lindholm didn’t have bad nights either with a goal and three assists apiece.