The Calgary Flames host the New York Rangers on Friday at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with the opening face-off slated for 9:05 PM ET. According to NHL betting odds the Rangers are a -145 money line road favorite and the posted total is 5.0. The home team has won 5 of the last 7 meetings between these clubs. There's been just one time that a game has gone over the total in the last 5 times that these clubs have clashed. The Rangers are currently 2nd in the Metropolitan Division, and 5th overall in the Eastern Conference. The Flames are 6th in the Pacific Division, and 13th overall in the Western Conference.
Rangers Road Kill
The Rangers have been one of the best road teams in the NHL this season going 23-13 versus the money line in that role. As a matter of fact they've won 21 of their last 28 on the road, and have gone an even better 11-3 in their away games on the year versus opponents with a losing record. Did I mention the fact they enter tonight's game having won their last 5-games overall? Well they have, and were dominant in doing so out-scoring those 5 opponents by a cumulative 20-9 score. This will be the 1st of a 4-game in 8-day road trip for the "Blue Shirts". The Rangers have seen 7 of their last 10-games go under the total.
Throwing in the Towel
The Calgary Flames have been out of the playoff picture for all intents and purposes since the calendar year turned to 2014. However, this club has far from thrown in the towel, and continues to give a maximum effort for head coach Bob Hartley. Despite coming off a 3-2 home loss to Anaheim in their previous game, the Flames have gone a very respectable 14-9 in their last 23-games, and have won 10 of the last 14 at home. Calgary has also gone a stellar 8-2 versus the money line this season following a home 1-goal loss. They've seen 8 of their last 10 meetings go under the total versus Eastern Conference opponents.
NHL Betting System
Any team that's coming off a 1-goal loss to a division opponent, versus an opponent coming off home wins in each of their previous 2-games, has gone 121-92 (56.8%) versus the money line over the last 18 seasons.
Free Pick: Flames +125 over the Rangers