The Rangers win with defense, but they have given up 10 goals in their last two games, both losses. The Coyotes won here at MSG last year and get the call again.
The Phoenix Coyotes won their only trip to Madison Square Garden vs. the New York Rangers at a huge price last season, and although this price is much smaller, we ate looking for yet another upset.
[articleBanner]who2beton[/articleBanner]Now the Rangers are a nice 14-7-2 overall, but their success has been entirely due to great defense and the goaltending of Henrik Lundqyist. Now that is certainly not a bad thing, but the Rangers could be in trouble vs. the more wide-open Western Conference teams, as the Blueshirts are only averaging 2.21 goals per game offensively here at home.
The Coyotes jumped off to a big lead here last year and the Rangers were unable to come back in a 5-1 Phoenix victory. Now granted, Phoenix is not your prototypical West team as they too have struggled offensively. However, they may be catching the Rangers at the perfect time, as the New Yorkers have uncharacteristically yielded 10 goals in their last two games.
The Rangers have lost at home recently to two other West clubs in the Vancouver Canucks and the Edmonton Oilers, and we look for the Coyotes to make it a hat trick here.
Free Pick: Coyotes +135