Nashville (26-19-8) at NY Rangers (34-18-1)
When: Thursday, February 9th 2017
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Time: 7:05 ET | TV: FSN Tennessee, MSG
The New York Rangers look for their fourth consecutive victory when they host the Nashville Predators on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden in New York. New York is in the middle of their fifth three-game winning streak in a two month span and look to keep pace with the top three teams in the Metropolitan Division. The Rangers are three points behind Pittsburgh in the division and easily own the 7th spot in the Conference – 11 points better than ninth place Boston. Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has had an up-and-down campaign but is coming off an outstanding season-high 43-save performance in a 4-1 victory over Anaheim to win his third straight start. Lundqvist is 6-4-0 with a 1.81 goals-against average versus Nashville in his career. Forward J.T. Miller is one point from matching his career-best point total of 43 set in 82 games last season after his third consecutive game with two assists. Miller, whose 42 points lead New York, has already set a career high with 26 assists, including eight in the last six games.
Nashville has gone 9-3-1 over its last 13 games to overtake St. Louis for third place in the Central Division and sits in the sixth spot in the Western Conference. The Predators new No. 3 line of Viktor Arvidsson, Colin Wilson and Calle Jarnkrok combined for three goals and six points in a 4-2 win over Vancouver on Tuesday. Arvidsson has recorded five goals and five assists over his last nine games and is second on the team with 35 points. The Predators are a team that puts a lot of shots on goal (5th), but only score 2.7 goals a game, ranking 14th in the league. Forward James Neal has nine goals and 18 points in 22 games against the Rangers. Goalie Pekka Rinne has been on his game of late, allowing a total of three goals over the last three games, including a shutout of Edmonton on February 2nd. Nashville will be back home after Thursday’s contest in New York to face Florida and Dallas in back-to-back nights.
Every time the Rangers win three straight, they lose the next one. I think they trend continues against Rinne and the Predators tonight. Nashville has won three of their last four road games.
Pick: Predators +115