The Rangers are coming off their best performance of the season which was a 4-1 victory over the Seattle Kraken. Now they turn their attention to the Calgary Flames (9:45PM on MSG).
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The Blueshirts will prepare for the Calgary Flames after defeating the Kraken. Jonathan Quick made his first start of the season and the veteran netminder looked like the goaltender who won two Stanley Cups. The defense of the Rangers did a good job holding Seattle to just 19 shots and Quick managed to stop 18 of them. The lone goal came on the side of the ice that was darker than the rest of the ice due to the lighting issue.
Filip Chytil was electric has he recorded three points for the first time in his career. The Czech native recorded three assists in Seattle.
Artemi Panarin had his best game of the season recording two goals in the game. The Russian winger was all over the ice and he was looking dangerous on every shift he took.
“I think you really can appreciate what a player does when you actually coach him on a day-in, day-out basis,” said Rangers head coach Peter Laviolette.
Rangers vs Flames
The Blueshirts will try to build momentum and string together two wins in a row for the first time this season. But it will not come easy as the Rangers have not won in Calgary since March of 2018. As of late, Calgary has become a house of horrors for New York and the Rangers have only scored six goals in their last four appearances in the Saddledome.
Calgary had a quiet offseason off the ice as they did not make any major additions to their roster. Former Devil Yegor Sharangovich joined the Flames and he is someone the Rangers are familiar with. The 25-year-old has two points on the season.
The biggest changes the Flames had in the offseason was with key off ice personnel. First, they did not renew the contract of general manager Brad Treliving who joined the Toronto Maple Leafs. Craig Conroy, who was the assistant general manager for Treliving for nine years, and he was promoted to general manager.
Next, the Flames parted ways with head coach Daryl Sutter and promoted assistant head coach Ryan Huska. The 47-year-old was an assistant in Calgary for five seasons including the previous three with Sutter.
With not many changes on the ice, the Flames are relying on their superstars and players who underperformed last season to lead the way. So far this has not happened as Nazem Kadri is off to an abysmal start. Kadri, who won the Stanley Cup two seasons ago with Colorado, but this season he has just two points on the season and he is a minus eight. Jonathan Huberdeau was traded to Calgary last offseason in the deal that sent Matthew Tkachuk to Florida. Huberdeau recorded 115 points in his final season with Florida, but only recorded 55 points in his first full season with the Flames. So far Huberdeau has four points in six games and they will need him to have a bounce back season if Calgary want to make the playoffs.
One player expected to hear the boos is Adam Fox. Fox was originally a third-round draft pick of the Flames, but he told the organization he would not sign with them. Fox was eventually traded to Carolina before finding his way to New York.
The line to watch for the Rangers thus far this season is their second line consisting on Panarin, Chytil, and Alexis Lafreniere. That trio has been lethal to start the season and they have caused problems all over the ice. Panarin currently has seven points on the young season.
Nick Bonino is currently listed as a game-time decision, but he is expected to be able to play with an illness. Bonino did not practice on Monday, but he was out there for the morning skate on Tuesday. If Bonino was unavailable, Tyler Pitlick would rejoin the lineup with Barclay Goodrow centering the fourth line.
Tuesday night also marks just the first time all 32 teams will play on the same day on a weekday. The NHL this year is having a version of NFL Red zone with games starting every 15 minutes. Hence the odd start time of 9:45 P.M. The record for most goals scored on a single game day is 104. Tuesday could be the night where the NHL has a new record.
Bet of the Night
The bet of the night is for Panarin to record one point. Panarin was all over the ice on Saturday and there is no reason to believe he will have a poor game in Calgary. The Flames have not done much right to start the season aside from their penalty kill. Expect an even strength point from Panarin on Tuesday. The fact that the line for Panarin is still at .5 point and not 1.5 point is surprising and this will not last all season. This bet comes with -195 odds and a $5 bet will pay $7.56 on Draftkings
Last bet: The last pick was a hit as Panarin recorded five shots which was more than the 2.5 line. Panarin beat the 2.5 line by the end of the first period.
Current record: 4-1
Current Money Total (Based on $5 bets) – We are up $31.74 on the season